Every year, from early June to early July, when roses are in peak season, the Rose Festival, or "Bara Matsuri" is held in the Higashizawa Rose Park. With an area of 72 hectares, this park, surrounded in forests, boasts three lakes, over 750 species of roses and roughly 20,000 blossoming. Out of all the rose parks in the country, this is the only that the Ministry of Environment has accredited worthy as one of the "Kaori Fukei 100 Selection" (A category of selected places or things that bear a distinct and impressive view and fragrance). It has also been chosen as a "Lover's Sanctuary", a title for selected locations romantic enough for recommendation as a marriage proposal spot.
Surround yourself in nature and flowers and just take it easy.
The best time to view the roses is around mid June. Upon entering the park, the scent of this lovely flower comes wafting through. Plus, the roses in this season are large in size and beautifully lustrous. With lakes and forests on both sides, let your senses go free while admiring this early summer flower.
In the Koryukan building inside of the park, you can try the park's famous rose soft cream, rose vanilla ice cream, rose juice and even rose coffee. There are many rose goods and souvenirs in the park gift shop, as well as Murayama City's signature dishes. Go ahead and try other ways of enjoying a rose. They're no longer just for your nose.
Please don't pick any of the roses or their petals.
Entrance fee is needed to enter park during festival dates.
Access to Murayama City
JR Murayama Station
Higashizawa Rose Park
Address: 1-25 Higashizawa, Tateoka, Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture
A 5min drive from JR Murayama Station
A 20min walk from the Murayama Eki Mae bus stop.