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“colours galore, array of flowers and vibrant birds create one helluva technicolour dreamcoat!”
Review of Matsue Vogel Park

Matsue Vogel Park
Ranked #8 of 117 things to do in Matsue
Certificate of Excellence
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Matsue, Japan
Level 4 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“colours galore, array of flowers and vibrant birds create one helluva technicolour dreamcoat!”
Reviewed October 7, 2011

I have been here a couple of times.
It can get a varied reaction depending on the visitor.
I've seen people gasp in awe at the largest indoor green house which is choc-a-bloc full of begonias, to others who yawn through it. (pretty impressive in my opinion!)
I've seen some people wide-eyed with excitement when it came to holding a penguin on their lap and petting it (Yes, it was an adult! :P)
You can also do the same with a big floppy bunny (largest rabbit variety worldwide).
They also do a penguin parade about twice daily (i.e. penguins walk in procession along specific path wearing costumes).
You can have tropical birds perch on your arm and eat out of a small cup as you hold it for 100yen (I recommend this!!tis super!)
And then, maybe what this bird and flower park is most renowned for, its owl show.
In the show, the staff get a couple of different owls to fly through hoops, to cross the performance area thus sweeping low over the spectators, etc.
There is a plant specially pruned to the shape of a love heart. This makes for a romantic pic for couples etc. And ties in with Matsue (Izumo province)'s links to luck and fate in marriage etc.

There is a restaurant serving Izumo soba among other things.
Their is also Matcha & Wagashi (green tea and Japanese confectionery) as designed by Matsudaira Fumaiko, a former Lord of Matsue Castle who during his time there devoted his efforts to preserving and developing his style of the tea ceremony (chado) thus making Matsue one of Japan's three cities renowned for their wagashi (the other two being kyoto and kanazawa).
Souvenirs are also on sale near the entrance/exit.
Train station approx five minutes walk.
50% discount for overseas visitors.
Large waterfowl pond.
Moving walkway & Observatory deck (panoramic view) !!!

Visited September 2011
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SriLanka
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“One of the most colorful Gardens/ Park I have ever seen”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

If you are visiting Shimane Prefecture in Japan, Vogel park is a must see place. The variety of flowers within the greenhouses match every type of flowers you can see under different temperatures. The Birds are also a star attraction. Allowing them to perch on your hand and feeding them is a unforgettable experience.

Visited July 2011
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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A well designed display and interaction of plants and birds!”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

My wife and I spent half a day in the park and found it very refreshing and beautiful. The well organised huge greenhouse was very impressive. The ability to see and be in close proximity to the birds made our day!

Visited July 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“If you like gardens or flowers don't miss this”
Reviewed April 6, 2011

This park which is very well laid out and much larger than expected has both plants & birds to see. Like most attractions in Japan it's spotless and well organised. The birds were good as was the owl show, and I'm sure kids would love both, but for my group it was the greenhouse that was the star of the show.
We visited on a very cold day when it was snowing and walked through the door to be confronted by a huge conservatory (supposedly the biggest in the world) full of blooming begonias & fuschias. I can think of no better word than spectacular to decribe the colours and size of the flowers and plants - it really defies description !!
If you're in Matsue & like plants flowers, it's really worth seeing. You need to take a bus from Matsue station, then a small local train to the park - about 40 minutes if you time it correctly - only other option is about $60.00 taxi fare. The tourist info centre at the station will give you timetables.

Visited March 2011
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