Izumi Recycle Environment Park

is one of Senshu’s best eco-friendly success stories.

An Ecological Farm Reborn from a Landfill Site for Industrial Waste

The Izumi Recycle Environment Park was a landfill but has been transformed into a large garden area with seasonal flowers blooming throughout the year. In addition to providing a place for locals to get together, the park also promotes environmentally friendly lifestyle and the positive impact of recycling.

How Izumi Recycle Environment Park was Born

The scenic view from Izumi Recycle Environment Park.

The site was originally used as a landfill for industrial waste within Izumi City. Once the landfills reached their full capacity, the local residents wanted to revitalize the area into a space of relaxation with nature. In 1979, the Izumi Recycle Environment Park was born. The park was built and maintained with recycling in mind; buildings, facilities, and equipment were constructed utilizing recycled materials. Shipping containers were also repurposed into buildings. Park benches were originally built from recycled plastic bottles and trays, and are continually repaired instead of replaced.


Since the development of the park, there has been a rapid revitalization of local wildlife and insects in the area. With limited space in Izumi City, a multipurpose athletics ground was also built on-site. Various teams for sports like soccer and baseball use this athletics ground to practice and schoolchildren from kindergarten onward also use the space for sporting events.

Seasonal Beauty at the Flower Farm

Tulips and other flowers bloom around mid-March.

The farm showcases a variety of flowers throughout all four seasons, grown with limited use of pesticides. The farm itself is a large circular shape, divided into several sections for planting a variety of flowers. At the end of a bloom, the land is prepared and repurposed for the next seasonal bloom. This means the park appears fully in bloom throughout the year.


Winter flowers (January and February) include Japanese daffodils and plum blossoms. Spring blossoms (March through May) include trumpet daffodils, Iceland poppies, rape blossoms, moss phlox, tulips, and poppies. The summer months (June through August) sees blooms in the rose garden, sunflowers, and lavender, which is famous among park regulars. Finally, autumn months (September through November) sees a wonderful bloom of cosmos flowers, and the continuation of the rose garden.

You can try your hand at creating lavender oil.

An herb garden and a traditional Japanese garden is also available for viewing on-site. Regular visitors  purchase handmade potpourri made on-site from lavender harvested from the garden. To prepare, harvested lavender is sun-dried and sieved. Scent bags and essential oils are available to purchase at the Orange House year round. It is believed to act as an insect repellent, deodorant, and also promotes a healthy sleep cycle. All of the potpourri gives off a natural scent; no additives or additional fragrances are added.


Visitors can also take part in a lavender oil making experience. The experience is only available when the lavender is in bloom—which is generally a two week period—and takes up to three hours. Advanced reservations are required. A range of sizes and products with the handmade potpourri are available, making them perfect for souvenir gifts for anyone’s budget. The Orange House also sells handmade accessories, naturally processed salt, and handmade jams from farmers in the local area. Maps and leaflets about the park can also be found in this building.

Vegetable Market and Café

A comfortable resting area made from environmentally friendly materials.

A market selling fresh vegetables from the local area opens at the park every Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of January and August. Some of the highlights include mizunasu (a type of eggplant which can be eaten raw) and onions, which were first grown in Senshu.


A café located by the car park sells homemade rusks and cookies, alongside a selection of drinks and ice cream. The café is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays year-round. A flower shop is located under the vibrant red structure near the entrance to the park. They specialize in seedlings of herbs and plants throughout the year dependent on the season. There are plenty of rest areas within the park where people of all ages can enjoy a picnic on a sunny day.


Admission to the park is free for everyone, and opening hours are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The park is closed on Mondays and over the New Year holidays, and may also be closed in the event of poor weather conditions. We recommend that visitors visiting by public transportation get off at the Nankai Bus Noke Station, from which the park is a 15 minute walk. Visitors arriving by car can use parking facilities—there are 140 spots available for no charge.

A famous spot for the local residents to view the weeping plum blossoms.

Busiest seasons are during the plum blossom viewing in February, and the lavenders in the early summer months. The seasons for viewing the flowers may vary depending on the climate and weather conditions.


For information on a cycling tour of Izumi, contact the Senshu Japan Concierge Team.

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