Japan is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom during spring, but if you think that there's only cherry blossoms that can be found in Japan... think again! Thanks to its four seasons, locals and tourists can feast their eyes on the different flowers that change alongside the season. Pretty cool huh??
We've rounded up the different blossoms that you'll have to see in these parks for your next trip to Japan!
1. Furano Flower Fields, HokkaidoFurano city is located in the central region of Hokkaido, which is between the Tokachi and Yubari mountain ranges! Aside from being famous for its ski resorts, Furano is also well known for its lavender fields?
2. Cherry Blossoms and Azaleas at Mifuneyama RakuenLocated in Saga prefecture in the Kyushu region of southern Japan, at this large garden is where you'll see over 5,000 sakura trees and 5,000 azaleas blooming in spring! In autumn, you'll be greeted with a stunning view of each red leaf and the whole park would be painted in hues of pink, white, red, and purple?
3. Nemophila Baby Blue's Eyes, Hitachi Seaside ParkNestled in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Hitachi Seaside Park is a popular tourist destination for flower lovers! Here, you'll get to enjoy a variety of flowers throughout the year but an absolute favourite of the locals and tourists is the Nemophilia Baby Blue's Eyes where you can see the park being painted in a lovely shade of blue?
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From the month of April to May, more than 4.5 million nemophila bloom on a hectare hill in the park, which will create a beautiful contrast with the pale blue sky!
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Although nemophilas are the most well-known of the park's flowers, other type of flowers bloom throughout most of the year as well?Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm (depends on the season) Entrance fee: USD$4 (Adult), USD$2 (Child) (depends on the season) Best time to visit: April to May Website
4. Kochia, Kochia HillsEvery autumn, thousands of Kochia bushes turn into a beautiful crimson colour on Miharashi no oka “lookout hill” , which is located inside of Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan?
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A Kochia Carnival is usually held in the month of September as that's when Kochias bloom into a brilliant red colour! If you're visiting the Kochia Hills, you can experience the park’s unique autumn colours and walk amongst the red Kochia bushes.
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Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm (depends on the season) Entrance fee: USD$4 (Adult) USD$2 (Child) (depends on the season) Best time to visit: September to October
5. Himawari fields, Hitachi Seaside ParkIn Japan, sunflower is a symbol for summer! So when you're at Himawari (which is sunflower in Japanese) fields, you'll definitely find yourself walking on sunshine when you're here?
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The best method to get around Hitachi Seaside Park is by foot. There are also walking trails to guide you to the different areas that other flowers are at, so don't worry about getting lost!Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm (depends on the season)Entrance fee: USD$4 (Adult) USD$2 (Child) (depends on the season) Best time to visit: mid-August Website
6. Phlox Flowers, Hitsujiyama Park
Phlox flowers are a beautiful sight usually when it thickly carpets the ground! At Hitsujiyama Park, there's a hill called "Shibazakura no oka" which means the creeping phlox hill. From there, you'll get to feast your eyes on the whole of Chichibu City☺️
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From mid-April until early-May, about 400,000 creeping phlox flowers bloom in a colorful design. Aside from phlox flowers, cherry trees bloom in that season as well so there is no question as to why tourists like to visit during the spring season!
Credit: saiyuki35 on InstagramOpening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm Entrance fee: Free (During Shibazakura season: USD$3) Best time to visit: Mid-April to early May Website
7. Wisteria Tunnels, Kawachi Wisteria Garden
Surrounded with maple trees, this private garden is popular for its large number of wisteria flowers! At the top of the hillside garden, you'll get to gaze over the sea of wisteria flowers and its surrounding valley which makes up a pretty sight, if you ask us?
Credit: renejsmith on InstagramThe opening time of the park varies each year, but in spring it is usually open from late April to mid-May and in autumn from mid-November to mid-December. The best time to visit to see the wisterias is in early May and for the autumn colors, late November!
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The garden's most prominent features are the two tunnels that are made of wisteria trees of differing varieties and colours, ranging from white to dark purple! Furthermore, there is a collection of large wisteria trees that together form an enormous roof of drooping flowers.Opening hours: 8.00am - 6.00pm Entrance fee: USD$3 - USD$9 (depends on season)Best time to visit: Early May for wisterias, late November for autumn colours