Spring is here and perhaps the winter blues have come and gone for many of you. I do know, however, that there are still a lot of people yearning for a break from the drudgery of their daily lives. Well, if you are one of them and you want to have the ultimate relaxing experience, I have a suggestion for you: go to Japan and visit some of their gardens.
You might think it strange that I just suddenly came up with this idea. Truth be told, a friend of mine has just arrived from a trip to Japan and has been raving about the gardens. Apparently, there are countless gardens all throughout the country, and each one of them is a sight to behold.
Obviously, you might not be able to visit all of these gardens in one go, but if you do decide to go, there are three gardens that you simply have to visit. These are as follows:
This is located in Okayama and has been around since 1700. It is spread out over 28 acres and contains sakura trees, plum trees, and more. It is also right next to Okayama Castle, which is another must see.
Found in Ishikawa, this garden is a bit smaller than the previous one, but not by much. Spanning 25 acres, the garden has a samurai house that you have to see for yourself to appreciate.
Plums are the specialty of this garden, with more than 3000 plum trees. Unfortunately, it is a bit late to visit for the plum festival, which occurs in late February and March.
The good thing about these gardens is that they are not far from “civilization,” meaning simply that you can stay at comfortable Japan hotels and still pay the gardens a visit.
In these times of stress, a week or more going around Japan and spending some relaxing time in the luxurious gardens might be just the thing we all need!