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Beautiful Roses at Dazaifu English Garden

Visiting Dazaifu? Hoping to take in some nature walks?

Well, you are in for a pleasant surprise at the JUE English Garden. Here, the roses bloom in autumn too!

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Dazaifu Tenmangu, Fukuoka’s top tourist attraction, is renowned for its magnificent shrine, scented plum blossoms, and the Kyushu National Museum. However,  visitors also flock to this area for an unexpected natural attraction that lies nearby…

 

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The Tsuzuki Gakuen English Garden is famous in Fukuoka for its vast collection of roses, which bloom twice a year. Enshrined in the campus of the Japan University of Economics, the garden is especially appealing for Japanese visitors who arrive by the coach-load in May and June to marvel at the garden’s rainbow of colours.

 

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It is truly an idyllic setting, distant from the hustle and bustle of Fukuoka city, which is only 20 minutes away. Many visitors engage with the garden by taking photos, painting watercolours, and occasionally some feel inspired to sing! (A visit to this garden, in the cooler autumn months, would certainly do the homesick expat heart good).

 

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Japan Local Guide was delighted to have the opportunity to interview the Head Gardener, Giulio Veronese, a professional garden designer and horticulturist (with experience in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, no less!) He gave us a warm Italian welcome and a private tour around the Garden …

 

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Why is there an English Garden in Dazaifu?

Veronese: “The story began here twenty years ago when the university envisaged an English Garden as a unique amenity for its students and the public. It opened officially in 1998.”

 

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Is it possible to have an authentic English Garden in Japan?

Veronese: “Yes indeed! Peter Thurman, who trained at the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, was commissioned to design the garden.  When works began, Kashii Zouen brought three English landscape experts on board as well. ”

 

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“Since then, the combination of English and Japanese professionals has been a great success. The interchange between both cultures is a fundamental component of the project. With that, I was called upon to maintain and develop the international reputation of the Tsuzuki Gakuen English Garden. It has been a truly wonderful challenge for me.”

 

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What are this Dazaifu garden’s unique attractions?

Veronese: “There’s plenty to see – the site measures approximately 11 acres, dominated by a central lake. The low, steeply-sided hills, surrounding this are clothed in a combination of cultivated and native trees and shrubs.”

 

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“The roses are the most important collection of the garden. We manage an impressive variety: shrubs and climbing, modern and old, English and Japanese selections. It is always a privilege for a gardener to work with roses. I am very lucky indeed.”

 

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When is the best time of year to visit?

Veronese: “The highlights of late spring are obviously the roses. However, visitors also come earlier in the year to enjoy the native spring wildflowers and cultivated bulbs.”

 

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“May is certainly the peak-season for rose-viewing visitors, and for photographers as well.

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“Our visitors also love to watch the swans. Albeit a common feature of traditional English landscape gardens, swans are a rare sight in Japan.”

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“Every May, when the eggs hatch, the cygnets instantly become the main attraction (almost outshining the roses). This would be an excellent time to visit Dazaifu with the kids. ”

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“We see a lot of visitors in autumn too. They come to enjoy the warm tones of the leaves and berries, together with a second flowering flush of roses that peaks in November. In fact, there is so much to discover here all year round, you will never be disappointed. You should definitely visit again and again!”

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We will certainly take the Head Gardener’s advice and plan to come back again. Immersion in nature is always a pleasure. Having such a knowledgable gardener on site to answer questions makes it educational as well!

 

JAPAN LOCAL GUIDE RECOMENDS …

Tsuzuki School’s English Garden will suit all ages as a great place to relax and enjoy an abundance of flowers. It is also a popular northern Kyushu photography location.

Dazaifu’s most beautiful English Garden comes highly recommended, as does the English Afternoon Tea experience at the nearby Rose Café.

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

Open 7 days: 9:00 to 16:30 (Gates close at 17:00)

Admission: ¥500 (without student ID)

Parking: YES

Nearest station:  西鉄五条駅  Nishitetsu Gojo [10 minute walk]

Nearest Bus stop: 日本経済大学前(バス) Nihon Keizai Daigaku-mae(bus) [stops outside campus main gate]

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ADDRESS / PIN IT

Gojo 3-11-25, Dazaifu, Fukuoka-ken, 818-0197, Japan.

 

FIND IT

The English Garden is just a 5 min walk from the main gate. To find your way, check out this walking map with photo-directions click here (in Japanese).

 

ASK FOR

日本経済大学 イングリッシュ・ガーデン  [Nipponkeizai daigaku ingurisshu gāden OR Daiichi ingurisshu gāden]

 

GOOD TO KNOW

If you are asking for directions on foot, ask for “Daiichi” as this is the name for which the Japan University of Economics (日本経済大学Nihon Keizai Daigaku aka 日経大 Nikkeidai) is best known locally.

 

OTHER AMENITIES

For Afternoon Tea Reservations (all year round) call : 092-925-2827

The Rose Cafeteria serves lunch at reasonable student-friendly prices. The curry is exceptionally large and very good!

Refreshments Stall (10:00–15:00)

The students sell ice-cream, soft drinks, coffee and tea at the garden gates during May to mid-June peak season.

 

FURTHER DETAILS

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WEBSITE (in Japanese)

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