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Nemophila Flowers: 5 Splendid Locations to Visit in Spring

The endless fields and hillsides covered in nemophila flowers are some of the most photogenic sights during spring in Japan. This article introduces five excellent locations to view nemophila, from the famous Hitachi Seaside Park to parks in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as one near Mt. Fuji!

2022.04.13

Nemophila Flowers, the Highlight of Spring in Japan

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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A carpet of stunning blue flowers across a large open field! Nemophila, also known as "baby blue eyes," is a blue flower that blooms from mid-April to early May.

After cherry blossoms, the nemophila are some of the most eagerly awaited flowers during spring in Japan. Visitors flock to gardens and parks to enjoy them every year.

We introduce five iconic and easily accessible locations to view nemophila flowers in Japan.

1. Hitachi Seaside Park - Ibaraki

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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Famous for its splendid seasonal flowers throughout the year, Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki is especially popular as a spring travel destination.

The nemophila flowers bloom on Miharashi Hill, which offers panoramic views of the entire park and the ocean. The seeds of nemophila are planted in early February and the flowers reach the peak of bloom around late April.

The entire hillside covered in nemophila flowers against the stunning backdrop of the ocean makes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The park also offers nemophila-inspired food and beverages, from baby blue colored soft serve ice cream to nemophila shaped cookies.

After the nemophila are gone, the kochia shrubs, or fire brushes, are planted in the same location on Miharashi Hill. These shrubs grow and turn fiery red by October.

Hitachi Seaside Park

Business Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 9:30 - 17:00
Friday to Saturday: 9:30 - 16:30
*Please note the park is closed on Tuesdays.

Access: A 15-minute bus ride from JR Katsuta Station

2. Showa Memorial Park - Tokyo

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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Showa Memorial Park in Tokyo provides one of the best chances to view the nemophila flowers at your convenience. The park is only a 2-minute walk away from Nishi-Tachikawa Station.

The nemophila flowers are in the mountain stream square, which is located near the Serpentine area in the heart of the park. Visitors flock to take beautiful up-close pictures of the nemophila and enjoy the park's many sites. Around the same time, the tulips are also in bloom. The tulip garden is one of the most famous attractions at Showa Memorial Park.

Bicycle rental outlets are located at the park entrances and charge 420 yen for three hours or 530 yen for the entire day. Alternatively, there is a park train (on wheels) that connects the different areas of the park; a ride costs 310 yen.

Showa Memorial Park

Business Hours
9:30 to 17:00 (March to October)
9:30 to 18:00 (weekends and holidays between April and September)
9:30 to 16:30 (November to February)

3. Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park - Osaka

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park in Osaka is best known for the hillside carpet of nemophila under the watchful gaze of a European-style windmill. The nemophila flowers bloom within the "mountain area" of the park. Visit in the morning if you wish to avoid the crowds.

The park is a paradise for botanical lovers, boasting one of the largest greenhouses in Japan that is full of exotic plants.

Flower Expo Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

Opening Hours
9:30 to 17:30. Entry is free!

Access: Two-minute walk from the Tsurumi Ryokuchi Station.

4. Maishima Seaside Park - Osaka

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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A trip to view the nemophila in western Japan wouldn't be complete without a visit to Osaka Maishima Seaside Park. With the open sea of Osaka Bay, the vivid blue spring sky, and the baby blue nemophila blooms, the park is one of the most picturesque places to view these flowers.

Osaka Maishima Seaside Park is also known for its annual nemophila festival that attracts many flower enthusiasts.

Osaka Maishima Seaside Park

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 to 18:30

Access: A bus from Yumesaki Station (JR) or Cosmo Square (Osaka Metro)

Tickets
1,200 yen for adults (over junior high school age)
600 yen for children (aged between 4 years old and elementary school age)

5. Yamanakako Hana no Miyako Park - Yamanashi

5 of the Best Spots to See Nemophila Flowers in Japan

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What could be more photogenic than fields of nemophila in front of the most iconic mountain in all of Japan? Lake Yamanakako Hana no Miyako Park in Yamanashi is the perfect place to take in the sights of Lake Yamanaka with a botanical twist.

Many of the park’s paths are designed to be wheelchair-accessible and family-friendly. Wheelchair rentals are also available. Admission to the flower field is free, but a small fee is required to enter areas like Seiryu no Sato, home to the Myojin Waterfall, a water park, and a well-curated greenhouse.

Lake Yamanakako Hana no Miyako Park

Opening Hours
8:30 to 17:30

Access: From Tokyo, take a train via the JR Chuo Line and the Fujikyu Rapid Line. Alternatively, you can take a highway bus from the Shinjuku Bus Terminal.

Enjoy the Nemophila Flowers in Japan!

With their delicate appearance, nemophila are a highlight of spring in Japan. We hope you enjoy your trip to nemophila destinations. Don't forget your camera!

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.