Hitachi Seaside Park, located about two hours away from Tokyo in Hitachinaka City, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is famous for its exquisite flower gardens year-round. The expertly crafted landscape blooms every season with a rainbow of colors and is one of the top tourist attractions in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Immerse yourself in the colorful environment and observe flowers in every season!
More Beyond the Flowers
Aside from the park’s magnificent floral displays, its 350 hectares, 200 of which are open to the public, preserve the diversity of the coastal landscape, giving visitors access to forests, grasslands, and dune areas. The spacious area is marked by a number of hiking and cycling trails, and the higher elevated areas offer views of the ocean. For a relaxed tour of the park, hop on the Seaside Train for a 40-minute ride around the perimeter of the central area. The park can become crowded during peak flower seasons, so after observing the blossoms, spend some time in the quieter parts of the park to appreciate the different sides of nature.
In addition to its natural beauty, Hitachi Seaside Park also features an amusement park complete with roller coasters, swing rides, golf, and much more. The ferris wheel in particular, which is 100 meters above sea level, offers lovely views of the ocean and surrounding park. Located nearby the amusement park is a BBQ area, where you can enjoy the outdoors and cook a delicious meal. For on the go energy, stop by one of the park’s numerous eateries, which sell light snacks and meals, cafe drinks, fast food, and dishes using local ingredients.
Hitachi Seaside Park’s natural beauty and entertainment can either be a fast-paced adventure or a peaceful getaway, making it a perfect destination for people of all ages.
One of the park’s most iconic flowers is the blue nemophila, which blooms from late April to mid May across Miharashi Hill. Over five million pale flowers blanket the hill in a sea of blue, which on clear days, creates an image of a never ending sky as the meeting between the land and sky is nearly indistinguishable. The best time to view the nemophilas is at the beginning of their blooming season in April when they are most vibrant.
Aside from this feature flower, the park also shines with daffodils and tulips, as well as roses and poppies, which you can also enjoy in early summer.Discover Spring
During summer, observe kochia plants, which resemble green pom poms, and bright zinnias, and specifically in August, celebrate the warm and sunny time of year with about 30,000 happy sunflowers!
Autumn is another one of the park’s busiest times of year when the kochia plants’ leaves turn vibrant red. The red spherical bushes cover Miharashi Hill in a surreal display of color, perfect for welcoming in the new season. In October, you can also observe the park’s over two million pink cosmos; the orange variety can also be enjoyed in September.Discover Autumn
From late December to early January about 10,000 ice tulips bloom in the Guest House, and later in the season, from February to March, you can observe Japanese plum trees.
Hitachi Seaside Park from Tokyo: Take the JR Joban Line from Nippori Station to Katsuta Station, which is about a 1 hour and 30 minutes ride. Then, take a bus from Bus Stop No. 2 bound for Kaihin Park West Entrance, which is a 15 to 20 minutes ride. During the spring and autumn peak seasons there is a special non-stop bus from the bus station to the park’s West Gate.
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