Ie-jima Hibiscus Garden

by Peter Sidell
JapanTravel

Just off the western coast of Okinawa's main island, Ie-jima styles itself as an "Island of Flowers", and it certainly lives up to the name. There's an annual lily festival and towards the eastern end of the island there's a Hibiscus Garden, a very tranquil place to stroll around. There are dozens of different species of brightly colorful flowers around the garden and in its greenhouses, and the serenely turning blades of nearby wind turbines just add to the peaceful atmosphere.

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