Nemophila Season at Yabakei Valley

Enjoy a carpet of baby blue eyes in Oita

Mid Apr
Mid May
Venue: Yabakei Valley, Oita When: Mid Apr - Mid May 2022

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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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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