A few minutes from Yakushiike Park in Machida there is a large garden called Ebine-en. Sadly I couldn't find any information about the garden in English, but I was told that it is only open at certain times of year. Apparently the garden has large plantings of Calanthe orchids which bloom in a woodland setting in late April and early May. However, I visited the garden in late June. The woodland areas were closed, but I could still enjoy seventeen different varieties of hydrangea planted on the upper slopes of the garden.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.