8 BEST FLOWER PARKS OF JAPAN
In Japan, thanks to the clear separation of the seasons, you can see a wide variety of floral landscapes that change from season to season. In every corner of the country you will find many beautiful flower gardens, which are very popular among both local tourists and foreigners. In this article we want to introduce you to our favorite gardens and parks, which are definitely worthy of your attention.
1. SAIKA BUT SATO – FIRM SASAKI [HOCKAIDO]
From late June to early August, this lavender garden turns into an unforgettable sea of purple and violet flashes. Depending on the season, you can also enjoy the panorama of various seasonal flowers: for example, poppies, sunflowers, cosmos, lupins, marigolds, sage. In addition, here you will be offered to pick yourself a little lavender: a sachet costs 700 ¥. You can reach the Sasaki farm in just 20 minutes on foot from the Nakafurano station (JR).
2. HIMAWARI BUT SATO [HOCKAIDO]
This is one of the largest sunflower gardens in Japan, because here on the territory of 23.13 hectares 1.5 million sunflowers grow! The incredible August landscape, filled with a motley golden paint, looks as though he had just descended from a painted canvas. Be sure to come here during the flowering of sunflower, so you can lazily stroll through the beautiful garden. Also try renting bicycles and driving around the field. By the way, the entrance to Himawari but Sato is completely free.
3. NANOHAN’S FESTIVAL IN IOKOGAM [AOMORI PREFECTURE]
In Aomori Prefecture, the city of Yokohama, Japan’s largest field of rapeseed (Jap. Nanohana), which covers as much as 143 hectares. During flowering, the whole city is transformed into a beautiful golden sea. The best time to travel is the first half of May. Every year at the end of spring, the Nanohan Festival is held here, where guests are invited to admire blooming canola, as well as take part in the eponymous marathon. A ticket for adults and high school students costs only ¥ 100.
4. PARK ROSE HIGASIDZAVA [PREFECTURE YAMAGATA]
Higasidzawa Bara Cohen (bar – Jap. “Rose”) is a garden, on seven hectares of which grow 700 species of roses collected from around the world. He is one of the hundred most “fragrant” landscapes of Japan. Here you will not only see the beauty of 20,000 roses, but also plunge into their incredible scent. You can also see the rose of the form “Murayama”, named after the city where Higashizawa park is located. We recommend coming here from the beginning of June to the end of September. Admission is completely free; however, during Bara Matsuri, or the Rose Festival, the guide sets a fee for admission tickets: ¥ 600 for adults and ¥ 300 for schoolchildren and children.
5. PRIMORSKY KHITATI PARK [PREFECTURE OF IBARAKI]
In the seaside park Hitati during the year a variety of flowers bloom. From April to May, more than 4.5 million forget-me-nots bloom on a 3.5-hectare hill, creating an interesting contrast with the sky blue. We definitely recommend you to see this landscape at least once! Entrance to the park costs ¥ 410 for adults and ¥ 80 for children, including high school students. However, Hitati Park is interesting not only in spring, but, of course, at any other time of the year.
6. HITSUDZIYAMA PARK [SITAM’S PREFECTURE]
In Hitsudziyama park is a hill with a superb view of the city of Chichibu. It is all seated with stolon-bearing phloxes and because of this it is known as Sibadzakura-no-Oka. It is extremely popular among the locals. From mid-April to late May, about 400,000 phloxes bloom here, delighting us with their variegated variety. Vigorous flowering of the order of a thousand cherry trees is also a delightful sight. In the Han season, entry to the park costs ¥ 300 for adults, and children and high school students can go for free.
7. HIGH-MOUNTAIN PARK KOSMEY KUROCHIME KOGEN [NAGANO PREFECTURE]
Cosmeas are known for their long flowering period, and in Kurohime Kogen Park you will enjoy the beautiful sight of the million cosmos that bloom from September to early October. In addition to these flowers, you will also be pleased with hydrangeas, dahlias and phloxes stolononosnye. Interesting fact: the park has a functioning panoramic elevator that can lift up to four people at once. You have the opportunity to look at the park from a bird’s eye view!
8. SAKURA FURUSATO HYROBA [CHIBA PREFECTURE]
Throughout the year, many tourists come to Sakura Furusato Hiroba to admire the floral landscape against the backdrop of a Danish mill. There are about 600,000 tulips growing here, which bloom in April, 20,000 July sunflowers and approximately 500,000 cosmos in September. During flowering various events are held, and the guide invites visitors to participate in the collection of flowers. The entrance to the garden is completely free. It is a half hour walk from Keisei Usui Station. Also, from the north exit from Keisei Sakura station to Furusato Hirob, there is a regular shuttle bus.