Flower power

Hana Biyori, a high-tech botanical garden in Japan’s west Tokyo, has married living flowers and projection technology, offering guests a chance to enjoy nature in a fresh way.

The 1,500m2 greenhouse has 300 suspended chandeliers, featuring well-known flowers like fuchsia, petunia and geranium. A flowerbed more than 20m-long and two-metre high adds even more color to the space.

When the greenhouse is plunged into darkness, projection mapping, imaging technology and sound bring the indoor space to life, where guests can also interact with the digital artwork. Meanwhile, there are displays featuring hundreds of species of trees and flowers, F&B options, and a gift shop outside.

Events can be held in the greenhouse or outdoors outside of opening hours (09.30 to 17.00) and when the facility is closed, with costs subject to group needs. Groups can also have a night-time cherry blossom viewing in spring or firefly viewing in fall. Regular entry per person costs ÂĄ800 (US$7.45); a discount applies for groups with 20 or more guests.

Flower arrangement classes and workshops for up to 20 people to make a bottle aquarium or moss terrarium can also be organised out of business hours, starting from ÂĄ2,000 per person.

This is the first permanent facility of its kind, and was opened recently by Japanese leisure giant Yomiuri Land.

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