Spring in Japan presents an impressive array of beauty for floral fans to enjoy - there are almost too many options to choose from. For those who want to optimize their time and enjoy multiple spring blooms at once, the Matsumoto Azalea Park in Nagasaki showcases both azaleas and moss phlox (also known as shibazakura) in a range of colors.
The grounds of the park here used to be home to a mikan orange farm, but those operations ceased back in 1971. Azaleas were planted to replace the mikan trees, which then expanded to shibazakura flowers - and the rest is history!
Based on previous years, the best time to visit to enjoy both flowers in bloom is around mid-April. Updates regarding blooming conditions are posted on the park's official website, so it's advisable to check before your visit to ensure the flowers are at their best.