Atsumi's Rose Garden
Atsumi onsen baraen
No less than 90 varieties and 3000 roses flower from June to October in Atsumi's rose garden. The peak season for appreciating the roses is in June. During that month, a local ice cream artist sells rose-shaped sorbets, and a "bara-matsuri" ("rose festival") is organized by the onsen villagers. The rose garden circles the lower Kumano shrine. The main Kumano shrine can be accessed through the Mt. Atsumi hiking trail.
To go there by bus, get on the bus bound for Atsumi Onsen あつみ温泉 (bus stop n°1 at Tsuruoka Station), and get off at Kumanojinja mae 熊野神社前.
The access to the rose garden is free.
In June, expect one hour of wait for the rose-shaped ice creams.