Nestled below Mt. Mifune, in Takeo City, lie thousands of cherry blossoms, azaleas, and wisteria. Together they make the tranquil and gorgeous scenery of Mifuneyama Rakuen. Mifuneyama Rakuen is a 150,000 sq. meter leisure garden made by the 28th Takeo ruler, Lord Nabeshima Shigeyoshi. Mt. Mifune is deemed a national monument in Japan. Its rocky, rugged part on the western side creates a beautiful background for all of the flowers below.
We traveled to this famous Saga garden, about 35 minutes from Sasebo, during the spring time when all of the flowers were blooming. (I read that during certain seasons they have lights lit up throughout the park at night but we did not get a chance to see that). I do hope to visit again in the fall to catch all of the rich fall colors. I bet that would make for quite a different change of scenery, but still equally as beautiful!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!