Blue Ocean of Flowers: Take a Day Trip From Tokyo to See the Nemophila Fields
Spring is the time when sakura blooms all over Japan, their most famous flower and the biggest attraction every spring that draws tourists from all over the world. It’s known for its incredibly short-lived bloom, and the flowers are gone before you know it. But rest assured that it’s not the end—Japan’s sheer variety of seasonal flowers is a spectacle in itself and when one flower disappears another emerges.
Nemophila is another popular type of flower found in Japan, and perhaps even more elusive than the cherry blossoms. They’re don’t grow just anywhere, for one. They can be found in expansive flower fields a distance from Tokyo, making for the perfect day trip.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Perhaps the most famous nemophila spot near Tokyo is the Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, where thousands of people flock to see the endless fields of blue flowers. Every late-April to early-May, a cluster of hills flourishes in beautiful blue colors and it is truly a sight to behold. The bell-like blooms are delicate yet paint an impressive picture when seen from afar. Since it’s a significant yearly event, Hitachi Seaside Park welcomes its visitors with numerous stalls to create a festive atmosphere for families and friends.
Official website: http://en.hitachikaihin.jp/
Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park
Dotted with millions of baby blue eyes (as the nemophila is called), you’ll want to make the trek to this park. Located in Saitama, the Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park is just over an hour away from Tokyo. Even if it takes a while to get there, rest assured that the park will not leave you nothing to do apart from viewing the flowers. The facilities there offer plenty of fun for people of all ages, from adventure courses to dog parks to cycling. There are even barbecue pits to keep the whole family fed and satisfied!
Offiicial website: http://www.shinrinkoen.jp/en/
Showa Memorial Park
You’ll be glad to hear this one is located in Tokyo. Tachikawa, where the park is located, is just one train ride down west from Shinjuku so you can expect an easy, straightforward journey there. The Showa Memorial Park boasts many different types of flowers every season throughout the year, and in spring the nemophila come out to play in a refreshing pool of blue flowers. Surrounded by trees and other flowers, visitors can enjoy the pleasant balance of nature and take a peaceful walk around the flowers.
Official website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/
Kurihama Flower Park
Take a break from the city and head down to Kanagawa prefecture, where Kurihama Flower Parks awaits you with nemophila. This park is also famous for their huge Godzilla statute which towers at 45 metres tall, making it one of the largest in the world and an impressive photo spot. The nemophila are not to be outdone either; they’re out in full force around this time of the year and ready for you to enjoy.
Official website: http://www.kanagawaparks.com/kurihama-perry/kurihama/
Japan is hardly short of impressive scenery, as evident by the millions of nemophila flowers that bloom all over the parks. You can’t find such landscapes in most places; taking a trip to see these special flowers is bound to fill your satisfaction and your camera roll. Be quick though! Like the cherry blossoms, nemophila is also a fleeting phenomenon of nature that’s whisked away by time. Don’t miss this time of the year!
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