The flowering season is from late April to late June
Note: in the addresses given shi and machi = city; ken = prefecture; dera and ji = temple; jima = island. Botan = tree peony; Shyakuyaku = herbaceous peony.
Fukushima-ken: Iwase Pasture Kagamiishi-machi Fukushima-ken. Tel 248-62-6789. Train to Kagamiishi station onJRTouhoku line then 5 minutes by car. 3,500 herbaceous peonies in 150 varieties.
Kamakura Snow Peony Garden Tsuruyoaka Hachinman-gu.
Sukagawa Botan Park Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima-ken Tel 2487-3-2422. Train to Sukagawa on JR Touhoku line then 10 minutes by bus. Collection of medicinal peonies from the Edo period: 3,500 plants of 180 varieties.
Ibaraki-ken: Choufuku-ji Daigo-machi Ibaraki-ken. Tel 2957-4-0417 Train to Kamiogawa station on JR Suigun line then 7 minutes walk. A famous collection of herbaceous peonies.
Tsukuba Peony Garden, 500 Wikaguri Kukizald-machi, Inashiro-gun, 300-12 Ibarald-ken. Tel 298-76-3660, fax 298-76-4004. 3,500 tree peonies of 213 varieties and 3,000 herbaceous peonies of 100 species.
Iwate: Hanaizumi-cho Iwate. 4,000 peonies.
Kanagawa: Machida Botan-En. Train to Machida station on Odakyuu line then bus to Yakushiike then 10 minutes walk. Or train to Tsurukawa station via Honmarchida. 1.4ha with 745 peony plants of 122 varieties on north side of Yakushiike park.
Manshoin Temple, West Harima. Tel 07915-4-0158. Train to Kamigori Station by JR Sanyo Main Line then 20 minutes by car. 2,000 peonies of 100 varieties.
Ryukokuji Temple, Tajima. Tel 0796-44-0005. Train to Ebara Station on JR Bantan Une, bus to Arawaka, then 3 minuntes walk. 1,000 peonies of 90 varieties, grown here since 1841.
Nagano-ken: Hase-dera Sakurai-shi Nagano-ken. Tel 7444-7-7001. Train to Hase-dera station on Kintetsu/Osaka line then 15 minutes walk. The main temple of Shingonshyuu and Japan's most famous peony park with 7,000 tree peonies of 150 varieties.
Sekkou-ji Taima-machi Nagano-ken. Tel 745-48-2031. Train to Nijyou Jinjaguchi station on Kintetsu/ Osaka line then 20 minutes walk, or 10 minutes walk from Taima-dera (see below). A few rare Botan varieties.
Senju Botan-en Kamiishizu. 2,000 plants of 70 varieties at the western foot of the Yoro Mountains.
Taima-dera, Taima-machi Nagao-ken. Tel 745-48-2008. Train to Taima-dera station on Kintetsu/Osaka line then 10 minutes walk. Japan's second most famous peony park after Hase-dera.
Shimane-ken: Daikon-jima Yitsuka-machi Shimane-ken. Tel 852-76-2236. Train to Matsue station onJR Sanyou line then 40 minutes by bus. Or train to Yonago on Sanyou line, then bus. Daikon Island is Japan's biggest centre for the production of tree peonies.
Kotobuki Bussann, Tree Peony Plant Garden, Japanese & Chinese Tree Peony, herbaceous peony, production, wholesale and export. 880 Futago, Yatsuka Cho, Yatsuka Gun, Shimane, Japan. Post Code: 690-1406 Tel. +81-852-762555 Fax: +81-852-762100, eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.kotobukibussan.com
Shizuoka-ken: Kasuisai Botan Park Fukoroi-shi Shizuoka-ken. Tel 5384-2-2121. Train to Jukoroi station on JR Toukaido line then 15 minutes by bus. One of three ensyuu sanzan temples, once frequented by the shogun Tokugawa leyasu. 2,500 plants of 120 varieties.
Yokatuji Temple, Hanshin. Tel 0795-66-0935. From JR/Kobe Electric Railway Sanda Station take bus to Yotakuji. Famous for its Iris Garden, the temple also has about 1,000 peonies.