Himi Seaside Botanical Garden
A waterfront botanical garden with domestic and overseas seaside plants and a recreated mangrove forest
Himi Seaside Botanical Garden is Japan's first garden focused on seaside plants. Collecting about 300 kinds of seaside plants growing in obscurity in Japan and abroad, the garden is designed to visualize how they grow in natural conditions.
The mangrove forest recreated in a greenhouse is the largest in Japan. The trees together with other tropical plants such as palm and hibiscus create a southern country atmosphere. About 3,000 kinds of insect specimens that are closely connected to the plants are exhibited so that visitors can appreciate nature from many angles.
The botanical garden is on a beach named "Matsudae no Nagahama." From a glass-walled sky lounge on the 4th floor you can get the splendid view of the blue Toyama Bay. You can go through a wooden walkway to stroll along the beach. Salty breeze is comfortable on a fine day. Seaside plants can be seen only on a beach. Observing their life and learning about a new world must be a satisfying experience.
Address: Yanaida, Himi, Toyama
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-17:00 (9:00-16:30 from Nov to Feb)
Closed: Every Tuesday (except on national holidays); Closed the day after a national holiday (but open on weekends and national holidays); Closed from 29th Dec to 3rd Jan
Admission fees: special exhibits and activities may require additional fees for participation.
Directions: (Train) A 15 minute walk from Simao Station on JR Himi Line (3 hours and 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station; 4 hours and 20 minutes from Nagoya Station). (Car) 10 minutes from Himi Interchange on the Noetsu Expressway (free parking available).