The days are getting warmer and warmer, and it is now a pleasant season to take a walk in the park. This article introduces parks and gardens that are good for changing minds. Please note that the hours of operation may change or be closed depending on the day of the week or season. Please make sure to check the official website before visiting. 目次 Difference between parks and gardens 1. Onuma Quasi-National Park (Hokkaido) 2. Hamarikyu Gardens (Tokyo) 3. Ise-Shima National Park (Mie Prefecture) 4. Nara Park (Nara Prefecture) 5. Shisendo Garden (Kyoto Prefecture) Differences between parks and gardens There is no clear definition that separates parks and gardens. According to the Ministry of Land, the term "park" can be broadly divided into two categories: "structured parks," such as urban parks, and "regional parks," such as national parks. Urban parks are maintained and managed by the Ministry of Land. The Ministry of Environment manages national parks, and their purpose is to protect the natural environment. 1. Onuma Quasi-National Park (Hokkaido) ｜A place where you can easily feel the nature of Hokkaido A national park located in the southwestern part of Hokkaido with a total area of 9,083 ha. It is a scenic place with Mt. Komagatake and Junnsai-Numa swamp created by the eruption. Onuma National Park has protected the natural environment as a provincial park since 1903 and was designated as the 13th national park in Japan in 1958. Onuma and Mt. Komagatake are also designated as national special protection areas. Hydrangeas, maples, and mountain cherry blossoms are abundant throughout the year. Only a 40-minute drive from Hakodate is also one of the attractions of this area. [Onuma Quasi-National Park] More Details 2. Hamarikyu Gardens (Tokyo) ｜Nature-rich garden in the heart of Tokyo It was a feudal lord's garden located in the center of Tokyo. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it was the shogun's villa, and it has been open to the public for a fee since 1946. Because of its location in the center of Tokyo, famous sightseeing places such as the Senso-Ji Temple and Meijijingu Shrine are in about 60-minute distance. The area is rich in nature, and seasonal events are held throughout the year. [Hamarikyu Gardens] More Details 3. Ise-Shima National Park (Mie Prefecture) ｜National Parks with High Residential Populations Ise-Shima National Park is a national park that stretches across the Shima Peninsula in Mie Prefecture. It covers an area of 55,544 ha and there are various tourist attractions, such as Ise Jingu Shrine and Meoto Iwa Rocks, are scattered throughout the area. The high percentage of privately owned land (residential population in the park: more than 96 %) is one of the region's unique features. Because of the national park, the area is rich in nature and enjoying watching flora and fauna, such as pines and petrels in each season. [Location]Shima Peninsula (Mie Prefecture) [Access] Access page (Ministry of the Environment) [Website] https://www.env.go.jp/park/iseshima/point/index.html 4. Nara Park (Nara Prefecture) ｜Park dotted with historical buildings Nara Park is located in Nara City. It is also called a "historical park" because of its many buildings with historical value, including the World Heritage Sites Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Shosoin Temple. The history of Nara Park began in 1878 when a section was designated as a park to preserve the landscape of historical buildings. The park is home to approximately 1,300 wild deers. (Please do not feed them snacks except rice crackers sold in the park.) [Nara Park] More Details 5. Shisendo Garden (Kyoto Prefecture) ｜A space where you can feel the "Japanese atmosphere" Shisendo is a former villa with a beautiful Japanese garden in Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto Prefecture. It was where the Edo Period writer Ishikawa Jozan spent his last years. It is currently used as a branch temple of Eiheiji Temple, the head temple of the Soto sect. Ishikawa Jozan was a literary figure of the early Edo period (1603-1868). At 59, he built the "Shisendo." The garden is home to various plants, including irises, which create a rich expression of the four seasons. [Shisendo Garden] More Details Finally Although there are differences in the types of places, such as for a fee or free, they all have one thing in common: they can be easily accessed. Please use them for a change of your mind when you feel tired.