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Reviewed March 22, 2015

I recommend to visit Hakone Shissei Kaen if you love flowers and plants. The garden provides brochures 3 times/months (ca. 20 JPY, only in Japanese) and it tells season's flowers and plants. The garden helds occationally exibitions about poppies, cherry blossoms, an insectivorous plants and maples.

Date of experience: April 2014
2  Thank aymats
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (箱根湿生花園, Hakone Shisseikaen) is a botanical garden in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park (富士箱根伊豆国立公園 Fuji-Hakone-Izu Kokuritsu Kōen) is a national park in Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and Kanagawa Prefectures and western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The garden was founded in 1976 as a place to preserve and exhibit over 1700 varieties of native Japanese hydrophytes and alpine plants.

The garden, as its name reveals, focuses on plants that grow in wetlands, rivers, and lakes. This is the largest outdoor garden I had ever visited. They are well organized and group the plants in areas. We followed the boardwalk and its signs to see the eight designated areas of flowers/plants. The designated areas are Plants of Deciduous Forest area, Plants of Meadow area, Plants of Marsh area, Plants of Fen area, Plants of Alpine Garden area, Bog area, Sengokuhara Marsh area, and Swamp Forest area. We visited the garden in the mid May, and there were so many differently colored flowers. In the past, we did not know the names of the flowers/plants a majority of the time when we visited a garden because they were not labeled. Here they carefully included the names both in Japanese and English. To make it easier for me to remember the flowers that I loved, I just took the photo and its description. In the season we visited, the flowers of primrose, sawaoguruma, kumagaisou, choujisou, iris laevigata, yama-shakuyaku, bog rosemary, and mi yamaodamaki were blooming. I spot a flower that I never saw in my life; a light blue flower – the blue poppy that really attracted my attention. When we were in the Swamp Forest area, I felt so excited to see a totally different view of the garden - a mountain view from the wetland. It is a large flat plain with mountains in the backdrop. The ranch-like fence makes the whole view really stunning. We took at least 20 + minutes sitting on the bench to enjoy the view and the breeze cooling down the heat. Depending on how much you want to see in the garden, you can easily spend 1 hour to a whole day there if you love flowers and taking photos.

The best time to visit is from mid May to late June when the spring/summer flowers are blooming. If you are a flower lover, you should visit this place to see and learn about an incredible variety of flowers in one trip. The shop sells a selection of souvenirs, including seeds and local cookies. The garden only opens 9 am to 5 pm from late March to end of November. You can reach there by Hakone Tozan bus ride to "Shissei-kaen-mae" station.

Date of experience: June 2014
3  Thank jameshuang
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Various plants and flowers especially from the local marshes, rivers and mountains are planted and well taken care of. Really nice walking through the forests and paths by seeing those. It took us about 1.5 hours to see everything.

Date of experience: May 2014
3  Thank Rosemarygarden
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Nice museum and nice port town on the other side of Hakone lake Asshi. Try the roasted corn and squid just outside the dock.

Date of experience: June 2012
2  Thank Kona A
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Date of experience: August 2019
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