Misumi hillside with azealasThere is a little town nearby called Misumi. They have a beautiful park, famous for plum blossoms in January and azealas in May. In Golden Week, I visited and took some pictures. It is not so easy to get there by public transport so ask a friend if you don’t drive. In May the whole mountainside is covered in flowers.

Make sure you visit the amazing temple at the top of this road. It is called Ryu un ji (Dragon Cloud Temple literally) and there is a picture of dragon on the ceiling of the main hall. But for me, the best thing is the garden. P1150671

For kids, the best thing is the tadpoles!