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History & Culture

History & Culture

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Food & Speciality

Nature & Flower

Nature & Flower

Nature & Flower

Akashi Kaikyo National Park

Akashi Kaikyo National Park

In the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), ancient Japanese texts that tell the story of Japan's mythological birth, Awaji Island has the historical and cultural distinction of being the first island created by the gods. The island has also been known for its abundance of nature, having been designated a food producing area for the Emperor in ancient times. The people of Awaji Island express their appreciation for this natural abundance through festivals held at different times of the year. This appreciation lives on from ancient times in people's lives to the present day.

Awaji Island Park

Awaji Hana-Sajiki

Awaji Hana-Sajiki

Since far back in time people have lived harmoniously with nature on Awajishima. That spirit of harmony lives on today among Awaji islanders.

Expanding on the theme, "Awajishima, the Island of Parks," we aim to usher in a new age of pride on the island in which people feel spiritually reconnected to their countryside origins, creating new hope for the future.

The Onaruto Bridge was completed in 1985, followed by the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in 1998. These bridges now enable Awaji Island to connect Shikoku to the mainland of Honshu. The island has become a symbolic meeting point for cultural exchange.

In March 2000, the "Island Park Awaji Charter" was established to reinvent Awaji as an island of parks featuring flowers and greenery.

Awaji Island was the the epicenter of a major earthquake in 1995. Now, various efforts are being made to promote floral culture on Awaji. We are succeeding in creating a new image for the island as a place to visit to enjoy flowers and beautiful scenery.

Kiseki No Hoshi Greenhouse

Kiseki No Hoshi Greenhouse lit up at night

Island Park Awaji Charter

Island Park Awaji Charter

Activity

Awaji Flower Pilgrimage (Awaji Hana Henro)

An Awaji Flower Pilgrimage has been created, inspired by the well-known 88-temple pilgrimage of Shikoku. "Flower pilgrims" will discover the many charms of Awaji by traveling from site to site, viewing flowers or beautiful scenery, or enjoying other attractions around the island. The tour, which consists of 52 select spots at present, gives visitors the chance to relax, enjoy, and also interact with local islanders.

Awaji Flower Pilgrimage

Awaji Open Gardens

Awaji Open Gardens is an annual project that allows the public access to select private gardens or local flower gardens. At present there are 62 registered locations. Each year a new theme is selected. The Awaji Open Gardens Executive Committee is comprised of 20 people who have completed a course of study organized by the Awaji 21st Century Association, the predecessor to the Awaji Island Kuniumi Association. The open gardens project is carried out in cooperation with the Awaji Landscape Planning & Horticulture Academy and is set up through coordination involving governmental, private, and educational resources.

Awaji Open Gardens
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Awaji Yume Butai: Kiseki No Hoshi Greenhouse

Awaji Yume Butai: Kiseki No Hoshi Greenhouse

This is one of Japan's largest greenhouses, with an area of 6,700 m². Various flower shows are held here on the theme of harmony between people and nature. The greenhouse has a garden space with many rare plants from around the world on display.

Awaji Yume Butai: Hyakudan-En

Awaji Yume Butai: Hyakudan-En
(100 Platform Terrace Garden)

Flower beds are arranged on a terraced hillside slope, with 100 connected sections in all. Each section has an area of 4.5 m². All year round plants and flowers from around the world in the composite family are on exhibit.

Awaji Flower Gallery (Awaji Hana Sajiki)

Awaji Flower Gallery (Awaji Hana Sajiki)

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Akashi Straits and Osaka Bay from a hilltop covered in flowers. In spring: mustard blossoms; in the summer: verbena; and in the autumn: cosmos. Visitors can enjoy a different mood in every season.

Akashi Kaikyo National Park

Akashi Kaikyo National Park

The park changes beautifully from season to season. In spring the 300 varieties of tulips and 600,000 bulbs are a spectacular sight. Fun nature events are held all year round, including the Awaji Flower Festival (Awaji Hanahaku) in spring and autumn.

Awaji Island Prefectural Park

Awaji Island Prefectural Park

This expansive 71.7-hectare municipal park is set on a hilltop overlooking the Akashi Straits. It includes a forested area for taking walks and a playground area that children will love -- perfect for relaxing family outings.

Awaji Landscape Planning & Horticulture Academy, University of Hyogo, Awaji Campus (Awaji Keikan Engei Gakko)

Awaji Landscape Planning & Horticulture Academy

The Academy was established in 1999 to promote living that incorporates flowers and greenery. The campus gardens are open to the public as part of the Academy's open policy. All visitors are free to walk around the campus.