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Yamagata's Rose Haven

Higashizawa Rose Park Rose Festival 2014

Snuggled in a picturesque valley in Murayama, the Higashizawa Rose Park is one of the gems of Yamagata. This year, the annual Rose Festival is being held from June 5th to July 6th. This park has an incredible display of 750 species of roses, and there are about 20,000 roses in bloom. The magnificence of the colors capture your attention from the moment you enter the park, and their incredibly sweet scents linger with you long after you've left. Amidst the roses, there is also a shrine and three ponds that add an extra touch of awe to the ambiance.