The Japanese don’t do anything half-heartedly. Be it electronics or environmental engineering, Japan will never miss a chance to amaze you. It is well-known for many things, but its flower parks are undeniably its most stunning feature.
Florists all over the world use Ikebana, a Japanese flower arrangement technique. Moreover, schoolchildren in America are familiar with the tale of how Japan cemented its relationship with the United States by presenting Washington D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees in 1912. The trees continue to display a riot of exquisite pink hue, celebrated each spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. These instances are enough to prove Japan’s love for flowers and greenery.
No matter how stunning cherry blossoms are, Japan’s many flower gardens are lovely and there’s no doubt about it. Moreover, no vacation to this East Asian island nation is complete without visiting a few of the most stunning ones.
So, now if you are planning to visit this colorful land of flowers, you’re reading the right thing.
Top 6 Japanese flower gardens to visit
The following are the most beautiful flower gardens in Japan that you must visit:
#1. Shikisai No Oka
Shikisai no Oka, located in the serene Hokkaido city of Biei-Cho, welcomes guests with 15 hectares of 30 different flower species that bloom primarily in the summer. You can easily go around the park and take in the spectacular carpet of color that covers the hillsides using buggies and carts.
The blossoms, which are a visual feast, include sunflowers, tulips, lavender, salvia, and Japanese anemone. As a result, the park transforms into a well-liked tourist destination in the winter. Besides, it offers activities like snowmobiling against a backdrop of snow-covered peaks.
#2. Ashikaga’s Flower Park
This flower park, situated in Tochigi Prefecture has been open since 1997 and receives 1.5 million visitors annually. Train travel to the park is simple from Tokyo and other Kanto regions. And talking about the blossoms here, flowers bloom in eight different areas.
With a centuries-old wisteria tree as the center of attention, the park is particularly well-known for its display of weeping wisteria. So, the environment that you’ll see here is usually pink. However, as the season progresses, the cascading blooms’ hues shift from pink to purple, white, and yellow.
Moreover, every year in mid-March, hundreds of tulips, cherry blossoms, and other vibrant blooms show up at the Spring Flower Festival.
#3. Hitachi Seaside Park
The national park known as Hitachi Seaside Park honors the friendship between Japan and the Netherlands. The park, located along the coast of the Ibaraki Prefecture, has seven different areas with seasonal flowers and other plants. This includes, of course, tulips, as well as millions of nemophila (baby blue eye flowers), narcissus, and roses that bloom in the early summer.
In the autumn, when the Kochia bushes turn a vivid scarlet, the color explosion continues. Moreover, from mid-September to mid-October, thousands of fiery crimson bushes serve as the Kochia Festival’s primary draw.
Along with its vibrant show, the park also provides other activities. For example, kids’ obstacle courses, golf, BBQ areas, cycling, and more, all of which you can enjoy in the cooling Pacific Ocean wind.
#4. Huis Ten Bosch
Another tribute to the Netherlands, Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, features about 700,000 tulips, a thousand hydrangea, and one million roses.
The park with a Dutch motif has windmills, canals, shops, and restaurants along with European-style architecture. Besides, a musical parade, canal boat tours, and an illuminations display at night are all part of the Huis Ten Bosch Tulip Festival in the spring.
Rides, theaters, restaurants, cafes, and other attractions are available for visitors as well.
#5. Hamamatsu Flower Park
On the outskirts of Hamamatsu, next to Lake Hamana, is the botanical treasure known as the Hamamatsu Flower Park. Along with recreational amenities, it has 30,000 square meters of seasonal plants and flowers, representing 3,000 different kinds.
White, pink, and crimson plum blossoms put on an exhibition from February through March. Moreover, brightly colored tulips, Yoshino cherry trees, and double cherry blossoms all begin to bloom in early April. The pastel blooms stand out against the dark blue sky during the day. However, when lit up at night, the blossoms look extremely beautiful.
There are hundreds of magnificent arrangements made with the spectacular chrysanthemums at the Hamamatsu Chrysanthemum Convention, which takes place here in November.
The park also features a sizable greenhouse with a stunning fountain in the middle of it.
#6. Showa Memorial Park
The Showa Memorial Park is a popular tourist destination in Tachikawa. It is a half-hour train journey from Tokyo. This blossoming paradise, known for its cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, spreads its beauty in an area of over 165 hectares. While flowers are the real charm of this park, it also has museums, water parks, a lake with pedal boats, sports facilities, as well as cafes, and food stands.
This flora wonderland includes seasonal flowers including tulips, azaleas, cosmos, and sunflowers. The park is regarded as the ideal location to view changing seasonal hues close to Tokyo.
Showa Memorial Park is a fantastic day excursion from the capital city and a superb destination for people of all ages. You can go out for the day and be back in Tokyo by dinner.