[Tokyo Area] Introducing 5 Rapeseed Blossom Fields in Kanto That Are Undeniably Instagrammable!
These impressive, vividly yellow rapeseed blossom fields are a recognizable symbol of spring in Japan. This article introduces the best places to see them, from easy-to-visit parks in the Tokyo area to hidden spots with amazing views!
1. Hama-rikyu Gardens (Tokyo)
Hama-rikyu Gardens is known as home to the Shio-iri Pond—the only pond in the city that takes in seawater from Tokyo Bay—and the tea house which floats on the pond. At the beginning of spring, a section of the park is filled with blossoming rapeseed flowers, creating an urban landscape with a carpet of vivid yellow spread out in front of a backdrop of high-rise buildings. See the rapeseed flowers alongside plum blossom in the first part of their blossoming period, and cherry blossom in the latter half. Access to the park is 7-minutes on foot from Shiodome Station from on the Oedo Subway Line or the Yurikamome Line.
Best time to see: Mid-February to mid-March
Entrance Fee: General 300 JPY, over 65’s 150 JPY
2. Kasai Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
Despite its location in the city, Kasai Rinkai Park, an expansive park opposite Tokyo Bay, is one of the best places to see rapeseed blossoms. The viewing plaza at the front of the glass-paneled Crystal View Observatory gives you an excellent view of a field of around 100,000 blossoming rapeseed flowers. You can get a great photo with the parks giant Ferris wheel or standing in front of Tokyo Bay! Just a minute’s walk away, Kasai-Rinkai-Koen Station provides excellent access.
Best time to see: Early March to early May
Entrance fee: Free
3. Showa Kinen Park (Tokyo)
Situated in the center of the vast grounds of Showa Kinen Park, which straddles the cities of Takchikawa and Akishima, is the Open Field where a stunning set of rapeseed blossoms make their appearance. The biggest highlight is being able to view them alongside the huge 40 to 50-year-old Yoshino Cherry Trees. As the rapeseed blossom period is relatively late, it tends to coincide with the cherry blossom meaning you get to enjoy the combination of pale pink cherry flowers and bright yellow rapeseed flowers.
Best time to see: Early April to early May
Entrance Fee: General 450 JPY, elementary and junior high school students free, over 65’s 210 JPY
4. Oiwake Shimin no Mori (Kanagawa)
Oiwake Shimin no Mori is about a 15-minute walk from Mitsukyo Station on the Sotetsu Main Line. Spreading out from the source of the Katabira River, the forest offers an abundance of nature where the trees are one with the natural landscape. See the long stretch of rapeseed blossom that looks like a river of yellow running along a ravine. This impressive rapeseed field, that seems to appear out of nowhere in the middle of the forest, follows the landscape across the 1.2 hectare plain. Less well-known than other rapeseed blossom sites, this little-known spot is a great recommendation for those who want to take their time and enjoy the scenery!
When to see: Late March to early April
5. Azumayama Park (Kanagawa)
Azumayama Park, in Kanagawa prefecture's Ninomiya town, is situated on a mountain top at an altitude of 136.2m and so provides a viewing platform offering stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the area including Mount Fuji, Tanzawa, and Sagami Bay. Even in the cold of winter at the beginning of January, you can enjoy as many as 60,000 early blooming rapeseed blossoms. When the weather is good, it is a popular place to get a picture of the rapeseed blossom with Mount Fuji in the background! With plenty of facilities for children, including a roller slide, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
Best time to see: Early January to early March
Entrance fee: Free
So how about it? Situated in and around Tokyo, the above-mentioned sites are all easy to get to. Taking into account the best time to visit, go out a see a little piece of spring!
*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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