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Aizu Ashinomaki Onsen Tourism Association

Aizu Ashinomaki Onsen Tourism Association

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Lord Ashina built a villa in this area during the Muromachi period. Lord   Hoshina, the second lord of the Matsudaira family, started an herb garden here in 1670.

When the third lord of the Matsudaira family assumed power in 1696, he ordered that a genuine garden be built, using Enshuu style techniques, including the use of boats on the pond.

The pond in the garden is shaped like the Japanese kanji for “heart”; in the middle of the pond stands a small plot of land, where the Rakujuen tea house stands.

The herb garden includes trees such as Japanese Yew and Japanese Umbrella Pine, which are more than 500 years old. More than 300 kinds of medicinal plants are also cultivated here. Each season has different beautiful flowering plants to enjoy.

In 1932, the garden was designated a National Site of Scenic Beauty by the government, as representative of style of landscaped garden popular with the Tokugawa Shogunate.