At 国営明石海峡公園/Akashi Straits National Government Park, protagonist from the middle of March to April would be tulips of about 600,000 bulbs from 300 varieties.
In any highly successful event there are always those who support it nicely: at the beginning of April, they are muscari, daffodils, other spring flowers, and greenery, though poplar trees had not started budding when I took these pictures.
Other than these tulip zones, there are natural gardens, forests, and waterfronts as well. As I strolled around, I was excited what would be the next. This park is interconnected with Awaji Yume-butai (Dream-stage).
Born in Kobe City, I grew up seeing Awaji-shima beyond the sea of Kobe, and I've gotten fascinated by this island since my first visit in February. Getting off highway, driving winding country roads with ups and downs is quite relaxing.
The island was severely hit by the earthquake in 1995 and is thriving now inviting more people from Honshu (main land.) As I often witness the recovery of Kobe and Awaji-shima, I surely believe in the resurrection from any calamity. May Tohoku be revitalized on a new community planning strong against tsunami by overcoming overwhelming sadness and daunting difficulties in near future.
Other posts about flowering places in Awaji-shima Island:
Pastoral Awaji Hana-sajiki
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