Hitachi Seaside Park probably offers the best flower fields in Japan! Spring is a great season to visit Japan and see all the beautiful flowers. Even if you miss seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan, don’t worry! Japan has many more amazing flowers, and you will find them in Hitachi Seaside Park.
Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, one hour northeast of Tokyo. The park is well known for baby blue eyes ( blue nemophila), and they cover the entire hillside. When I visited, I felt like I was walking in the beautiful blue sky. Through this article, you will learn what to see, when to go, and how to access the park. Plus, I will give you information about the park and its surrounding neighborhood to explore.
Hitachi Seaside Park is a spacious park with a total space of 350 hectares, and offers a variety of seasonal flowers. Although there are many different kinds of flowers and grasses throughout the four seasons, the most popular ones are nemophila and kochia. Nemophila covers the whole field with blue colors, while kochia has beautiful red colors. You have probably seen the photos over Instagram. They are both very photogenic, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Hitachi Seaside Park also offers a lot of other attractions, including an amusement park with over 25 rides, cycling, a forest area, an athletics field, BBQ area, and many cafes and restaurants. Please note that most of the rides and activities require extra fees.
The best seasons to visit Hitachi Seaside Park are spring and fall. If you want to see the field of nemophila, you should visit between the middle of April and the beginning of May. For those who want to see the red kochia, the best months are from early to mid October. Although kochia is available to see from the beginning of July, the color slowly turns red as the weather gets cooler, so the later in the season you go the better. For more check out here. Since the park tends to be extremely crowded, especially for the nemophila and kochia season, I recommend you avoid weekends!
Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, which is about 130 km away from Tokyo. It is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo, so I highly recommend visiting if you want to explore the neighborhood northeast of Tokyo! There are 2 ways to visit Hitachi Seaside Park from Tokyo, and I will navigate for you below.
You need to go to Katsuta station first.
From any central Tokyo station (Tokyo, Shinagawa, or Ueno Station), take JR Joban line to Katsuta Station. It takes about 85 minutes by an express train, and the price will be 3,800 yen. If you are not in a hurry, take a local train, which takes 2 hours and costs 2,270 yen.
Once you are at Katsua station, take a local bus (Ibaraki Kotsu Bus) at East gate No. 2. It usually takes 15 minutes – 20 minutes and the price will be 400 yen per person.
Take the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus “Katsuta・Tokai Line” at Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit. It will take 2 hours and cost 2,240 yen (NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass).
There are so many beautiful spots to see in Ibaraki Prefecture. If you have time, I strongly recommend you stay there for a couple of days to explore more of the sights. Here are some of the most popular spots, just outside of Hitachi Seaside Park.
This waterfall is ranked as the 3rd most beautiful waterfall in Japan. The waterfall is beautiful every season, but the most popular season is autumn since the colors of the surrounding leaves become gorgeous. Just note that the waterfall may freeze during winter.
Kairakuen is famous for its more than 3,000 plum trees. Although Kairakuen is most attractive during the plum blossom season, there is also a beautiful bamboo grove, cedar woods, and traditional Japanese style buildings. It is recommended you visit between late February and March to see the plum trees flowering, but you can enjoy exploring throughout the year. The entrance is free, too!
Ushiku Buddha is a huge statue, located in Ushiku, Ibaraki. According to Wikipedia, it is actually “one of the top five tallest statues in the world”. And it was actually recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest Buddhist statue in the world!!! Ushiku buddha is 120m tall, which equals a 38 story building. Visitors can take a lift to the observation deck. When the sky is clear you can see views as far as the Tokyo Skytree.
Mount Tsukuba is an 877 meter mountain. The beauty of the mountain is widely recognized as one of Japan’s most beautiful mountains, and it is particularly well known for its double peaks. During spring, there are different kinds of plum trees blooming over the mountains, and you will be welcomed by the gorgeous view at the top of the mountain. The trail will usually take between 2 – 3 hours to climb. If you have less time, take a cable car which only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top!
Oarai Isosaki Shrine is famous for its torii gate on a rock by the ocean. Although the shrine has three torii gates in total, the most famous one by far is “Kamiiso-no-Torii”. The torii gate faces the Pacific Ocean , and it makes such a breathtaking view. The sound of waves crashing on the rocks also gives you a mysterious yet spiritual atmosphere. The best time to visit the shrine is sunrise! Since it faces east the torii provides a great spot to watch the sunrise. As the sun appears on the horizon, the torii starts glowing red.
I hope this was helpful to plan your trip to Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. I am sure you will feel welcomed by lots of gorgeous flowers! Ibaraki also has many beautiful sights, so make sure to take time to explore 🙂
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