Around late April to mid May, the Miharashi Hills of Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture lights up with over 4.5 million nemophilas across a 3.5 hectare field.
Ahh, spring, what a lovely season. It’s the time of the year when everything around just suddenly wakes up from a seemingly long sleep. Plants and trees start coming back to life. Flowers are blooming one after the other.
Spring is one of the best times to go sightseeing in Japan. Aside from the good weather, there are several attractions to see which are exclusive only during this season.
Japanese people have a great appreciation for flowers. During spring, numerous flower-themed festivals are held across the country. Many are familiar with the sakura matsuri or cherry blossom festivals, but do you know there are a few more celebrated flowers in Japan?
The nemophila is a small shrub-like plant whose species are native to western America. Also called baby blue eyes, its five-petaled flowers bloom with blue to white gradient during spring. Growing at most six inches, just like the shibazakura, they are good ground cover for gardens. Maybe seeing just a couple of this plant look pretty ordinary, but if you spread them across a larger area, they can be quite magical.
Around late April to mid May, the Miharashi Hills of Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture lights up with vibrant light blue and green. Over 4.5 million baby blue eyes across a 3.5 hectare field make up the park’s grandest display during spring.
This event is called the Nemophila Harmony, the climax of the Spring Flower Sequence in Hitachi Seaside Park. It is a truly jaw dropping scene.
On a clear day, the vibrant blossoms of the nemophila perfectly blends with blue sky. Every photo you take is almost always perfect.
Along the Miharashi Hills are walkways, where people can have a closer look and immerse themselves on the vast sea of baby blue eyes.
As expected, the Nemophila Harmony draws a large crowd. And it is nice that the park is big enough to accommodate a large number of visitors.
The nanohana which also blooms during spring provides a very good contrast of yellow to the nemophila. By themselves, they are also a beautiful scene to watch.
If the millions of nemophilas are not enough, another colorful attraction in the Hitachi Seaside Park is the Tulip World, where different varieties of tulips are on display. To be more precise, 280,000 individual plants and 220 different kinds bloom in full color.
Hitachi Seaside Park could be a little far from from Central Tokyo, if you really want to see something spectacular, this is definitely not a bad place to start.
How to get to Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park can be accessed either via Katsuta or Ajigaura train stations. For people coming from Tokyo, Katsuta is the faster and more convenient way.
- By train : From Ueno Station in Tokyo, take the JR Joban line (Limited Express) bound to Katsuta. (Total Fare : ~3,800 yen, Travel time : ~1.5 hours)
Outside Katsuta station are buses going to Hitachi Seaside Park (Total Fare : 400 yen, Travel time : ~15 mins).
Tip : If you’re a foreign passport holder and have a few days to spend in Japan, you might want to purchase a JR Tokyo Wide Pass for 10,000 Yen. It gives you a three-day unlimited rides to all JR East trains and a few non JR trains which covers most of the Kanto Region including the Limited express to Katsuta Station.
- 9:30 am to 5:00 pm from March – July 20
- 9:30 am to 6:00 pm from July 21 – August
- 9:30 am to 5:00 pm from September – October
- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm from Novermber – February
- Adult (15 to 64) : 410 yen
- Kids (below 15) : 80 yen
- Seniors (65 and above) : 210 yen
- There is a rountrip fare + entrance fee package available at the Katsuta station for 1200 yen. Not really a big discount but it saves you the trouble of falling in line.
- Read more about Hitachi Seaside Park on their website.
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