Outline of Ofuna Botanical Garden
Outline of Ofuna Botanical Garden
Ofuna Botanical Garden was opened in 1962 on the site of the Kanagawa agricultural experiment station for promotion of ornamental plant production and flower gardening.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of flowers, including Peony and Japanes Iris which have been improved and cultivated on this site since the Taisho period (early 20C), and can be seen only in this Garden. We also grow and display excellent ornamental plants collected from home and abroad with a focus on the systematically-gathered roses and rhododendrons.
The Garden has come to have over 5,000 taxa of plants, which give various colors to the Garden in each season.
In the Greenhouse rebuilt in October 1992 to commemorate the 30th anniversary, visitors can enjoy 1,300 kinds of beautiful flower plants from tropical and subtropical regions through the year.
Various events are held regularly, such as exhibitions of flower and greenery and gardening seminars/consultations so that many visitors can enjoy learning about plants and develop familiarity with them.
●Plants in the Garden: about 5,000 taxa
Peony: 200 taxa Japanese Iris: 160 taxa Roses: 350 taxa
Tree peony: 90 taxa Rhododendrons/Azalea: 200 taxa
Camellia: 230 taxa Japanese apricot: 45 varieties Orchid: 30 taxa
Cherry blossom(Sakura): 45 taxa
Information for Visitors
Opening hours: Mar. to Oct.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Entry by 4:00 p.m. in Mar. & Oct.)
(Greenhouse opens from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Nov. to Feb.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(Greenhouse opens from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Days closed: Mondays (except ones that fall on national holiday, etc.)
Days after national holiday (except ones that fall on Sat., Sun. or national holiday, etc.)
Year-end and New Year days (Dec. 28 to Jan. 4)
20 years & over (excluding students) \360 (\300 for a party of 20 or more people)
Students & under 20 years \250 (\200 for a party of 20 or more people)
High school students & 65 years and over \100
Free for junior high school students、children, and people who have identification booklet for the physically challenged.
* High school students, people over 65 years and people with disabilities are required to present ID
●Pets are not allowed in the Garden
.Access: 16-minute walk from the west exit “Kannon-gawa” of JR Ofuna Station, or
take the Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Bus at the JR Ofuna Sta. west exit bus station No. 1 bound for Fujisawa Sta. via Watauchi or for Shiromeguri-nakamura via Kokaido-mae. Get off at “Okamoto” bus stop.
Large and medium-sized cars: \640/h, \300 for every additional 30 minutes
(\20 out of the parking fee goes to tree-planting campaign.)
* Parking lot is very crowded during the tourist season between March and June, and November. We recommend using public transportation when visiting.
Address: 1018, Okamoto, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Web site: http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f598/
Peony (best viewing season: May)
Ofuna Botanical Garden boasts the largest number of Peonies in the country: 2,000 stocks of 200 varieties, including theOfuna strain which can be seen only in this Botanical Garden in Japan. The Ofuna strain was bred for export from the end of the Meiji period to the beginning of the Showa period at the prefectural agricultural experimental station that was on this site. In its flowering period, visitors can enjoy tens of thousands of Peonies in bloom. The best time for viewing is from the beginning to the middle of May.
Rose (best viewing season: May to Jul., Oct. to Nov.)
The rosery in the center of the Botanical Garden has about 1,200 stocks of 350 taxa, including original stocks, old roses, modern roses and climbing roses. These roses are arranged three-dimensionally making use of the distinctive feature of each type to form a nice-looking landscape. Visitors can see varieties breeding in Kanagawa at some sections, including many aromatic ones. These roses are at their best from mid-May to early July and from mid-October to mid-November.
Rhododendron (best viewing season: April)
The Botanical Garden’s rhododendrons include “Taiyo”, a variety with heat tolerance breeding in the prefecture and other varieties breeding in the Garden over many years. These rhododendrons can be seen on the Miniature Hill of Flowers and in the Azalea and Rhododendron Garden, which was made in 2002 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Garden’s opening.
Japanese Iris (best viewing season: June)
Japanese Iris was breeding from Japanese water Iris, and has flowers in various colors and shapes. Japanese Iris of Ofuna strain cultivated in the Botanical Garden was originated here from the end of the Meiji period to the beginning of the Showa period. The Garden has about 1,300 stocks of 160 varieties that also include Edo strain , Higo strain and Ise strain. June is the best season to view the Garden’s Irises.
A variety of exhibitions of seasonal flowers are held in the Exhibition Hall I and II.
Inside the greenhouse is a garden of blooming flowers
About 1,300 taxa of tropical and subtropical plants with beautiful flowers delight visitors through the year in the greenhouse.
Horticulture classes to learn group planting, container gardening, hanging basket making, etc. are held year-round.
Visitors’ The Greenhouse
Visitors can enjoy viewing tropical and subtropical plants with beautiful flowers exhibited on the theme of “flowers” throughout the year. The unique, donut-shaped green house is designed to let in fresh air and a lot of sunlight. The greenhouse is divided into six rooms based on the type and property of the plants.
The center of the circular facility is the Australian Garden, which displays rare plants from Australia and New Zealand. Around the green house is the International Garden, which shows foreign plants collected from botanical gardens of other countries.
Tropical orchids, such as Cattleya and Phalaenopsis orchid, and insectivorous plants like Nepenthes are exhibited.
Tropical flowers that come to anyone’s mind, such as Hibiscus and bougainvillea, are Bearing flowers in many different colors.
Flowering Tree Room
Trees and shrubs that bear flowers in unique shapes are exhibited.
Climbing Plant Room
Vine plants with beautiful flowers climbing poles and pergolas, flowering shrubs like Mussaenda and banana trees are creating a tropical atmosphere.
Tropical water lily that bears beautiful flowers all year grows in the man-made ponds surrounded by Heliconia, etc.
Potted Plant Room
The room has display of potted seasonal flowers and ornamental foliage plants that add color to daily life.