A Plant Paradise

Hiruzen Herb Garden

maniwa city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Hiruzen Herb Garden was established in 1997 with a mind to offer an opportunity for city-dwellers to experience the wonder and beauty of the plant kingdom.

Situated on about three hectares of land, the garden has the largest lavender field in West Japan with about ten thousand plants.There are also around two hundred different herbs and a large variety of local wild vegetables and grass.

The garden is divided into four parts: the lavender field, house of fragrance, herb garden and forest path.

The lavender field features a great variety of species which all bloom around July. Hiruzen’s highland location means that this about the same time as the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido’s famous lavender flowering season.

The House of Fragrance has a gift shop on the first floor and a wreath-making workshop on the second.

As mentioned previously, the herb garden section of the facility contains approximately 200 different kinds of herbs. Get advice on the best way to combine them for the best aromas and flavors.

The forest path is an area where you can stretch your legs and get a lay of the land as you take in the sight of emerald green trees and rolling hills.

Classes are held regularly at the facility where you can try your hand at flower and herb arrangement. Make the most of your experience by having a meal at the onsite restaurant and visiting the shop.

Try to time your trip to the garden with one of its fantastic events, such as the Lavender Harvest Festival, nighttime live performances, the British Fair, tea parties and garden walks.

About the Area

Hiruzen is a year round playground for people looking for outdoor fun. The highland region is known for its hiking trails, skiing, cycling and secluded waterfalls.

There are cabin rentals available as well as camping opportunities from the most basic to the most luxurious “glamping” (glamorous camping) that you could imagine.

The district’s highland location has provided the perfect environment for agricultural pursuits. Dairy farming in particular has led to the production of a signature Hiruzen brand, which includes milk, cheese and ice cream.

Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Ebi Station. The Hiruzen Herb Garden is about 35 minutes by taxi from JR Ebi Station.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
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4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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