Yuushien Garden is one of the most splendid Japanese gardens with seasonal flowers, trees, ponds, waterfalls, and paving stones creatively organized over 40,000 beautiful square-meters. Visitors are free to walk around and enjoy the gardens at their leisure.
Yuushien started making their gardens by gathering garden soil, stones, and trees from outside the island. Since the island was not connected with the main land by bridges in those days, they had to transport everything by boat. Little by little the garden has been improved over 40 years, and now has become one of the splendid Japanese gardens.
Spring – In the spring, two million peonies of two-hundred and fifty different types bloom and the gardens are fulfilled with their sweet fragrance. Azaleas, satsuki azaleas, rhododendrons, paeonia lactiflora, and irises can also be seen.
The ‘Chisen Peony’ is one of the season’s highlights as it can only be seen here. The early blooming flowers are gathered from around the island and floated on the surface of the garden’s pond. This spectacle lasts for only one week per year, usually occurring around the end of April to the beginning of May.
If you can’t make it during the flowering season, you can visit the on-site greenhouse known as the ’Japanese Peony House’ to see the flowers in bloom all year round. – After 5 years of careful cultivation, blooming peonies are hand-transplanted by skilled professional gardeners. Within the greenhouse, the perfect humidity and the temperature is stringently maintained, however, the blooming flowers last only a week, so the gardeners continuously transplant new flowers to ensure that they are always at their best for guests.
Summer – The Japanese irises and water lilies add color to the banks of the pond under the fresh summer sun. Sweet flags, summer camellias, crape myrtles, and hydrangeas also can be seen.
Autumn – Leaves turn deep red and yellow color, which transform the gardens. The autumn colored leaves are lit up at night to spectacular effect. Oleaceaes, and sasanquas also can be seen.
Winter – Visit in winter to see peonies, chloranthus glabers, coral bushes, camellias, and winter irises. Different from ordinal peony, the winter peony blooms twice a year; first in spring, and then, from December to February. Covered with a protective straw-matting, flowers color the garden during times of snow.
(a type of Korean ginseng produced on Daikonshima Island)
Another special product on Daikonshima Island is the Unshu ginseng, a medicinal herb, and the island is known as one of the only three cultivation sites of Korean ginseng in Japan.
Ginseng is said to be difficult to grow, requiring about six year’s growth before it develops medicinal value. Additionally, they absorb all the nutrients from the soil and nothing can be grown there afterwards for twenty years. Ginseng, which has two thousands years of historyof medical use in China, was introduced here in the 17th century and has since been cultivated on the island. Now, ginseng produced on Daikonshima Island is well known for its high quality and it is exported to around the world.
There are three restaurants at the Yuushien Gardens’ site, which can seatt up to a combined 600 people, while providing patrons with a lovely view of the gardens. Guests can expect fine cuisine that uses local ingredients, such as Daikonshima Ginseng. At the souvenir shops, guests can buy not only special Yuushien items, such as items relating to peonies and ginseng, but also items sourced from around Shimane Prefecture.