Lizard’s Tail Garden of Okada Valley

A beautiful green and white carpet created by lizard's tails in the valley in summer

Here in Okada Valley, a rare herbal plant is spreading over 3,000 square meters.

The plant is known as Asian lizard’s tail, categorized as a near-threatened species in Nara prefecture.

In July, its green leaves start to turn white to create a beautiful scene that looks like a huge green and white carpet. Visitors come to enjoy this fantastic scenery that can be seen only in the early summer.

Peak season: early to late July

*The garden is open publicly by courtesy of the landowner. Please do not damage the plants or take them home. We also kindly ask you to take your own garbage home.

2735 Kōzue, Mitsue Village, Uda-gun, Nara Prefecture

Peak season
Early to late July


60-minute drive from Hari exit or Ueno exit of Meihan Expressway
There are a few direction signs in Japanese on the road. Find signs with 半夏生 or 半夏生園.



A captivating lizard’s tail garden situated in a remote forest (blog post)
Mitsue Village Tourism Association (Japanese)

Lizard's Tail Garden of Okada Valley = Okada no Tani no Hangeshō-en / 岡田の谷の半夏生園