Sightseeing Spot Details
Kurume Forest Azalea Park
Known for its Kurume azaleas, Kurume Forest Azalea Park is located midway up the Mino Skyline (a forest road) to the east of Kora Taisha Shrine’s far sanctuary. It is one of the best points for driving and hiking along the Mino Skyline.
The park used to be the ruins of a mountain castle (Bishamondake Castle), which the Kikuchi Clan used as their base during the Nanboku-cho (Northern and Southern Courts) Period; the great location offers a panoramic view of the Chikushi Plain!
Built to utilize theses conditions, there are 61 thousand azaleas of 100 different varieties planted in Kurume Forest Azalea Park. The best time to view the flowers is from mid-April to early May. In addition, there are cherry blossom and maple trees that add color to the Spring and Fall.
On Hiundai Hill located in the southwest corner of the park, visitors can observe a panoramic view of the Chikushi Plain, and there is also a stone monument where a poem by famous writer Natsume Soseki has been inscribed.
*Recommended Flower Viewing Season*
Azaleas at Kurume Forest Azalea Park: When the Kurume and Hirado azaleas are in bloom, they blossom gorgeously and majestically. Anyone can enjoy this park with its bird’s eye view of Kurume City. Why not visit on a nice day to refresh your spirits? Although visitors are encouraged to visit while the azaleas are in bloom, they can also enjoy lush greenery and autumn leaves in other seasons.