Mt. Mifune is also called “Mt. Karafune” as it looks like an old Chinese ship. In the Mifunegaoka Plum Grove at the eastern foot of the mountain, 10,000 plum trees blossom from the middle of February to the beginning of March. During this period, the plum flower viewing festival is held, attracting many visitors. At the western foot of the mountain is located Mifuneyama Rakuen Amusement Park, where 5,000 cherry trees and 50,000 azaleas create magnificent scenery every spring.
We attended the Mifuneyama bamboo festival. 3000 bamboo lantern and the object of the light which used the flowers brightens the night of midsummer. it was gorgeous and the pictures do not do it justice. Only 300 yen to get in per person and about a 45 minute drive from Sasebo.
Below are some day time photos of the gardens. It was off season, but still beautiful