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Beautiful roses in Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park, or Yoyogi Koen (代々木公園 ) in Japanese, is not the first park that comes to mind when the roses are in season. One might immediately think of Shinjuku Gyoen or Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, famous for both variety of roses and big crowds. To me, subtle roses in Yoyogi Park became a revelation, a pleasant bonus after shopping (to be exact, window shopping) in Omotesando. They bloom in mid-spring and mid-autumn, and the place is not nearly as crowded as other park with roses.Roses in Yoyogi ParkRoses in Yoyogi ParkThese bright red roses are called “Nadia” (ナディア). Roses in Yoyogi ParkOne of the most beautiful sort of roses in Yoyogi Park is a vermilion rose “Olympic Fire’92”. It was bred by Hans-Jürgen Evers in Germany.Roses in Yoyogi ParkIn case if you are not very familiar with the color vermilion (personally I wasn’t), it means a very red orange or a very orange red color. It is the color that is often used at Shinto shrines and throughout the Japanese culture. In Shinto, indigenous Japanese religion, vermilion is believed to keep the evil spirits and diseases away.

You can see a lot of red roses in Yoyogi Park.Roses in Yoyogi ParkAnother famous rose is a hybrid tea rose “Diana, princess of Wales”. It was cultivated in America and grows in Arizona and California. The blended pink color looks amazing, doesn’t it? 15% of each rose price goes as a donation to the Princess Diana’s Memorial Fund.Roses in Yoyogi ParkNow that you know that Yoyogi Park is not just an awesome place for jogging, yoga and other outdoor sports, you can immerse yourself in the luxurious beauty of roses in Yoyogi Park!

At the same time Camellia sasanqua with its glossy green leaves is in bloom. It was called a Japanese rose by the German botanist Engelbert Kaempfer, so you can kill two birds with one stone.


Yoyogi Park

Address: 2-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Distance to Airport: 84km from Narita Airport
Opening Hours: always open
Entrance fee: free
Tel: 03-3469-6081
Station: JR Harajuku Station
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Harajuku Station
Offical website: Yoyogi Park

Article by Olga Kaneda

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