Koga Park & Peach Blossom Festival (Koga City)
This 250,000m2 park is located in the centre of Koga City. The park encompasses a large swamp and lotus pond and is also home to a number of traditional Japanese farmhouses as well as the grave of Yoshiuji Ashikaga (1541 – 1583), the former ruler of the province.
The Koga City Peach Blossom Festival takes place in the park from late March to early April each year. During the festival, more than 1500 peach trees fill the park with delicate pink and white blossoms and various special events and performances take place beneath the canopy of blossoms.
If you miss the peach blossom festival, the lotus flowers are also in bloom from June to July. The variety of lotus found in Koga Park is the ‘Ogahasu’ variety which dates back some 2000 years!
Koga Park is a recipient of the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes and was the first place in Japan to receive this award.