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It's not just Cherry Blossoms! 5 top Flower Spots in Japan

2016.04.14

Writer name : anstory

Many different kinds of flowers bloom throughout Japan in the spring. There are many beautiful flowers besides the famous cherry blossoms, so try to make some time to check them out. It's a great chance to fully experience spring in Japan.

1. Tulips: Showa Kinen Park

A flower loved around the world, tulips are one of the many flowers that bloom in Japan in the springtime. Japanese people love tulips and it is not uncommon to see them growing in people's gardens. Tulips were introduced to Japan in the mid-19th century and were cultivated mostly in the Hokuriku region. Even today, Toyama Prefecture is number one in Japan for tulip production. There are many parks in Japan with tulips blooming, but we recommend Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo. The park is about a 10 minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station, which is only about 24 minutes away from JR Shinjuku Station on the Chuo Line express train. The best time to see the flowers in bloom is from the end of March till the end of April. It's a beautiful view that looks like something out of a painting. If you have the chance, definitely go!

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1. Tulips: Showa Kinen Park


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2. Rapeseed blossoms: Mother Farm

Rapeseed blossoms, called "nanohana", are one of the most beloved spring flowers in Japan and can also be used in cooking. If you go to the country side, you will see nanohana blooming all along little side roads through the rice paddies. There are nanohana fields throughout Japan, but today we are going to introduce Mother Farm in Chiba. The peak time to see the flowers is from mid-February till to mid-April. With over 3,500,000 flowers in bloom, you will really feel that spring has come. Besides the flowers, there is also a cattle farm where you can see the animals so it is perfect for any animal lovers. Spring is goat kidding-season when goats give birth so you might be able to see some adorable baby goats! They have a Ferris wheel where you can look over the entire farm from above. It is a great, kid-friendly place to spend the day.

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2. Rapeseed blossoms: Mother Farm


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3. Phlox: Hitsujiyama Park

Since it looks similar to cherry blossoms and looks like a lawn when not in bloom, moss phlox is called "shibazakura," meaning lawn cherry blossoms. Phlox blooms from early April to early May and phlox parks are popular with tourists. It looks like a carpet of pink flowers. Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama is called "Phlox Hill" and every year many tourists come from all over to see the beautiful flowers in bloom. There are around 400,000 phlox plants. There are other flowers that bloom there throughout the year, so you can see flowers other than phlox as well. If you want to take pictures of flowers or see a bunch of different kinds of flowers this is the perfect spot. Take your camera with you and check it out!

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3. Phlox: Hitsujiyama Park


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4. Gerbera daisies: Gerbera Danchi

You can see gerbera daisies at florists from around March till autumn. The beautiful and colorful flowers are very eye catching. Gerbera daisies are particularly well known in Europe but there is a place you can see lots of gerbera daisies in Chiba Prefecture. That place is Gerbera Danchi. There are over 50 types of colorful gerbera daisies blooming, so it's a great place for gerbera fans. Since they bloom for a long period of time, from spring to fall, you can visit outside of the spring season. It is right by Kujukuri Beach, a popular destination filled with beachgoers in the summer. The beach is only 2.5km from Gerbera Danchi so we recommend taking a day to enjoy both the flowers and the ocean.

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4. Gerbera daisies: Gerbera Danchi


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5. Wisteria: Ashikaga Flower Park

Wisteria blooms throughout Japan and has been a familiar flower since ancient times. It is a must-see for any flower lovers! At Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, about two hours from Tokyo by car, you can see gorgeous views that are so beautiful they draw photographers from all across the country. The best time to see the flowers is from mid-April till mid-May. During the peak season they light up the flowers at night. At night, the atmosphere is different from during the day and the purple and white flowers look magical, like something out of a fairy tale. The wisteria droops down like a curtain to create an unforgettable sight. At the pond built within the gardens, you can see the reflection of the wisteria in the water. It is a view you don't want to miss! If you want to see flowers that will make your mouth hang open, this is the place to go.


Ashikaga Flower Park


5. Wisteria: Ashikaga Flower Park


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There are many different kinds of flowers besides cherry blossoms to see in Japan. The blooming time varies from year to year with the weather so check online before you go. Have fun and enjoy!

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