Obonai Park (Obonai Koen ;生保内公園) is known for the beautiful Japanese Azalea trees (Tsustuji)! There are more than 10,000 Azalea trees in this park, where you can find playground equipments and a small stage. The Azalea colony is spread over a hill – from a gazebo at the top, you can have a panoramic view of the Obonai residential area. On the other side of the hill, you can walk through the trees to find Jizo statues and a tiny waterfall.
Every year, a community festival is held to welcome the visitors in the blooming Azaleas; however, due to the voluntary restraint mood to respect the sentiments of the earthquake victims, this year the festival is slightly downsized.
The park is only 10 – 15 min walk from JR Tazawako Station. If you have a few hours to kill at the station, we recommend you to take a walk or a bicycle ride to the park! You can ask for a map at FOLAKE Tazawako Tourism Information Center and go explore this small rural community!
The weather has been very nice in Tazawako, why don’t you have a little picnic in the Azaleas?