Momijiyama Garden is located near the ruins of Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka. Garden of the Village is made up of various flowers, plants and a wooden pavilion. The zigzag wooden bridge is surrounded by irises in late May and June. Garden of the Mountain Village is composed of a hill meant to resemble Mt. Fuji. Surrounding the hill are azalea bushes arranged to as to look like the terraced tea fields of Shizuoka. Shizuoka’s claims to fame are green tea and Mt Fuji. Next, Garden of the Sea or is meant to be viewed between the pines facing the pond with the white beach below, so as to resemble the seashore of Miwa. Stones in the pond and the opposite shore represent Izu coastline, also part of Shizuoka Prefecture and known for its seascapes. Finally the Garden of the Mountain is composed of two small waterfalls meant to symbolize mountain scenes of Japan.
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