Beautiful blue nemophila blanket the ground (Photo: そらみみ/CC By SA 4.0)
Beautiful blue nemophila blanket the ground (Photo: そらみみ/CC By SA 4.0)
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Nemophila Season at Yabakei Valley

Enjoy a carpet of baby blue eyes in Oita

Nemophila, or baby blue eyes, are one of Japan's popular springtime flowers, and one of the most well-known spots to enjoy them is Ibaraki's Hitachi Seaside Park. There are many other spots where you can appreciate their beauty, including the ultra-scenic Yabakei Valley in Oita Prefecture.

The nemophila here are planted by the local community, and they blanket the ground in a stunning blue hue. They're enhanced even more by the rocky backdrop of Kyoshuho, one of the peaks in the valley. For those planning a visit, the blooming season starts around mid-April and runs through until early May.

For those who can't make it here during spring, it's also a popular spot in autumn when the leaves begin to change.

Getting there

Due to the off-the-beaten-path location of the valley, it's best accessed via private vehicle. Take the Kusu Interchange from the Oita Expressway, and it's around a 20 minute drive from there. Free on-site parking is available.

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Elena Lisina 3 years ago
I wonder how this flower is called in Japanese?
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
Funny name! Thank you! :)

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