Japan Chronicles Part 9: Hitachi Seaside Park at Ibaraki

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Note: This is an image heavy post, so please have patience as it loads. I hope you’ll agree it’s worth it!


It’s hard to resist a garden in full bloom, especially one sampling every color of the rainbow. It was heaven on earth, I thought. Believe it or not, these fairy tale-like fields are not from some anime, they are real photos taken at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, Japan. Now, that makes me realized all those scenes in the anime were not product of imagination, they were inspired by daily sights in Japan! So if you’re planning on visiting Japan next spring, don’t forget to include this park in your must-see list! 

Project Gora @ Flickr

Hitachi Seaside Park is a sprawling 190 hectare flower garden located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. It features vast flower gardens including 170 varieties of tulips, millions of narcissuses and nemophilias, each will rotate its full bloom throughout the year, so there is always something for you to enjoy.  


Unfortunately, we were too early for the Nemophilias (baby blue eyes). When we arrived, they were just starting to bud and will bloom in the later part of April. From the later part of April until late May, the 3.5 hectare Miharashi Hills will be taken over by 4.5 million Nemophilias. And this photo  above is how it looks like by that time. Surreal right? ^_^

Project Gora @ Flickr

There were no tulips either but Narcissus or daffodils and other members of the genus were there to make us feel the new beginning and hopeful mood of spring. ^_^ 

Project Gora @ Flickr

If you happen to visit here in early spring, head straight to Suisen Garden as there are many kinds of Narcissus and Sakura in the area at that time. No need to take the trolley around the park because the garden is only a few minutes walk from the entrance near the bus stop. 

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Not so far from Suisen Garden, we were greeted by fields of Nanohana (Rapeseed Flowers). They completely dominated the hills surrounding the park. The clusters of yellow flowers blooming on the tall and slender stems created a dreamlike scene. I thought, “This is Japanese Spring.” SRSLY. It was surreal!

Project Gora @ Flickr

You might be surprised to learn that the oil derived the the rapeseed flowers were being used for cooking and can also be used for running diesel engines!

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

Project Gora @ Flickr

And of course, here are some GoPro Hero 3+ still shots from that trip. I could not stress enough how powerful this camera is. I super love its wide-angle perspective and its ability to reduce camera shake. Have you seen my Japan Travel Video yet? If not, go to this link. The video is a combination of Nikon D5100 and Gopro Hero video footages. Hope you'll love it! ^_^




Travel Notes:
And for some practical details, if you are planning a day trip to Hitachi Seaside Park, I’d highly recommend taking a train from Tokyo/Ueno. The journey takes about two hours and a single journey ticket costs JPY 4,000. Get off at Katsuta Station and catch the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus going to Hitachi Seaside Park (15 minutes). Admission fee is JPY 410 for adults, JPY 80 for children aged 7 - 14 years and free for children under 6 years. Check out their website for more information.

Park Hours
9:30–17:00 (March 1 – July 20, September 1 – October 31)
9:30–18:00 (July 21 – August 31)
9:30–16:30 (November 1 – end of February)

Days Closed
Closed Mondays, EXCEPT as below:
Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday.
Closed on December 31 and January 1 and for 4 days from the first Tuesday in February through the following Friday.

Please note that the park is open EVERY DAY during the following periods:
Spring: March 26 – May 31
Summer: July 21 – August 31

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