Many fun events are held in Hiroshima in the spring. Here five things to do in Hiroshima in the spring, for those who want to enjoy the season.
1. Go to the Tulip Festival at Serakogen Farm
This is a farm where tulips bloom in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, and dahlias in the fall. Why not enter a scene filled with 750,000 blooming tulips of 300 varieties? This festival, which is held every spring, is one you'd want to bring your special camera to. There are various fun events to participate in during the festival, such as Hanatsumi Flower Picking (100 JPY/stem), where you can select a tulip to take home with the bulb attached; Oshibana Pressed Flower Strap Making (400 JPY - 600 JPY); and Lucky Clover (for children ages 4 to 12) that is held on May 5, where children who find four-leaved clovers get free soft serve ice cream. About 400 children find lucky clovers every year!
Festival period: Mid-April - early May
2. Go to the Fukuyama Rose Festival
How about visiting a festive town filled with roses and their scents that embody the local residents' wishes? On August 8, 1945, 80% of Fukuyama City was burned down in an airstrike. The roses that were planted to wish for the city's revival is now the center of Fukuyama's largest festival, and continues to represent people's desire for peace. In the Rose Garden, where the roses were first planted, you'll see 5,500 roses of 280 varieties, and in Midorimachi Park, you'll see some unusual roses. Also, the Fukuyama Daidogei street performance is held at various locations in the commercial district. The magnificent street performers bring laughter and joy to the city, and the various events make for a lively rose festival.
Festival period: Mid-May
3. Join the Setonaikai Sakura Cruise
This is the popular Sakura Cruise that takes you to see blooming cherry blossoms. It is a special treat for those who visit at this time of the year to cruise around the calm Seto Inland Sea and enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms. The cruise stops at Iwagi Island so you can hike up Mt. Sekizen with its 3,000 cherry trees. At the observatory deck, you'll see a breathtaking view of islands floating on the Seto Inland Sea beyond the cherry blossoms. There is also another attractive cruise that includes a trip to Matsuyama Castle in Ehime, where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms, followed by a visit to an onsen hot spring in Dogo Onsen. Both cruises are day trips. The Seto Inland Sea is calm and there is relatively little rocking, so it is recommended for those who usually avoid boats or are trying a cruise for the first time.
Cruise period: Late March - early April
4. Cycle along Haji Dam and Yachiyo Lake
How about a ride through tunnels of blooming cherry trees on a rental bike? You can enjoy nature along a 3.7km dedicated bike path along the lake, or do a 20km loop around the lake using public roads. A variety of bicycles, from city bikes to mountain bikes, electric bicycles, and even tandem bikes recommended for couples (450 JPY - 900 JPY for 4 hours; 250 JPY for a child's bike) are available. You'll see locals enjoying picnics on blankets along the lake. You can stop by at a restaurant for lunch, but may want to bring a picnic to enjoy outside. This is a lakeside resort, where you can experience a variety of activities such as rental bicycles, rental boats, and ground golf, surrounded by majestic mountains.
5. Visit the Hina Dolls in Miyajima
How about a touch of history through a tour of the hina dolls (dolls displayed to pray for girls to grow up healthy and happy) handed down over the generations in families living on Miyajima Island? If you see a pink flag outside of a shop or residence on Machiya-dori, where vestiges of the historical townscape remains, you can stop in to see the hina dolls that have been handed down over the ages. There are some from the Edo Period (1603-1868) and other elaborate ones that give you a glimpse of the prosperity of the past. The dolls are on display between late March and early April, coinciding with the cherry blossom season. What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy both history and the beautiful cherry blossoms!
Festival period: Late March - early April
*The photograph is for illustrative purposes only
Spring in Japan, when the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming, is the perfect time to see the sites outside. Please enjoy some experiences in Hiroshima that are unique to this season.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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