Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is a vastly spacious park facing the Kashima Sea that covers an area of 470 acres. The park features blooming seasonal flowers all year round, which makes the place a flower paradise.
The spring season sees about 4.5 million blue nemophila plants in full bloom, dubbed “Nemophila Harmony”, covering the Miharashi Hill. The spectacular sight of the field mirroring the sky attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. The flowers usually are at their peak between late April to mid May. From the top of the hill, the Pacific Ocean can be viewed.
In the autumn, red replaces blue as glorious kochia bushes cover the Miharashi Hill. The mysterious plant has a fluffy round shape and looks like a massive pom poms from a distance. As the autumn season deepens, the kochias turn from green to bright red from July to October.
Near the park’s main entrance is Suisen Garden, a large forested area where narcissus bloom usually beginning from mid March.
Tamago no Mori Flower Garden (Egg Forest Flower Garden) across the lake is reminiscent of the Netherlands, with multi-coloured tulips and a windmill at the center. The tulips start from late March until late April.
Besides all the flower gardens, a small amusement park can also be found in Hitachi Seaside Park. Named Pleasure Garden, there are over 25 attractions and rides, including a roller coaster, a BMX course and a large Ferris Wheel that can be seen from everywhere in the park.
Due to the size of the park, rental bicycles are available, and visitors can cycle through the cycling track that’s almost 11 kilometres long. There are also restaurants and rest areas around the park, as well as a barbecue area for picnics.
Hitachi Seaside Park is the perfect place to place for a day trip, especially for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park doesn’t only offer picture perfect landscapes, but also peace and serenity for visitors to relax and recharge spiritually, and spend a lovely time with their loved ones.