Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Flowers As Far As The Eye Can See - Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Ibaraki prefecture. It is a huge outdoor park consisting of a seashore, grassy plains, some hills and forest, a flower garden, and even an amusement park. You might be using a bike or bus to get around the park. Today we
Written by izumi6688
Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Ibaraki prefecture. It is a large outdoor park consisting of a seashore, grassy plains, some hills and forest, a flower garden, and even an amusement park. You might be using a bike or bus to get around the park.
Today we'll be introducing the vivid flowers and beautiful scenery that can be seen here in the spring. Let's head toward the symbol of the park, the "Tsubasa no Gate" (Wing Gate) at the west entrance.
This is a picture of the fountain you'll find on entering the west gate. The picture was taken from the opposite side, and the "Tsubasa no Gate" is visible in the back. In the open space that can be seen on the closer side of the gate, events such as jazz festivals are sometimes held.
Miharashi no Oka: A Sea of 4.5 Million Flowers
Continuing straight from the west gate brings you to the "Miharashi no Oka" (Miharashi Hill). Here you'll find a sea of nemophila (baby blue eyes flowers) on the side of this 30 meter hill.
There are crowds here even on weekdays and right after the park opens. But no matter where you stand you'll be able to take spectacular photos from this hill.
The blue and white petals will definitely please your eyes. Each flower reaches for the sun with all its might. The best time to see them is from late April to early May.
Tamago no Mori Flower Garden: Terrific Tulips
After entering the west gate, on your right is the great tulip garden: Tamago no Mori Flower Garden (Eggs Forest Flower Garden). Tulips of various colors bloom profusely here from late April to May.
Being the perfect photography spot that it is, people were of course busy taking pictures here too.
The sight of tulips all around felt like being in a fairy-tale world.
OntThis particular day, a newly-wed couple was taking some photos. But you don't have to be newly-wed to enjoy and make some great memories at such a beautiful flower garden.
Flower Ring: The Giant Ferris Wheel
In the center of the park is an amusement park called "Pleasure Garden". Many attractions for both children and adults are available here. Attractions cost from 100 yen to 600 yen.
Of all the attractions, the giant Ferris wheel definitely stands out. It has a diameter of 62.5 meters, and boasts a height of 65 meters. There are 40 gondolas, each fitting 6 people. The approximate riding time is 12 minutes, and costs 600 yen.
Let's get on!
From the Ferris wheel you can overlook the whole park. Some restaurants and snack shops (noodles and soft serve ice cream) are visible from here too.
Hitachi Seaside Park covers a massive 192 hectares and was created by clearing a pine grove on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
It was originally a shooting training field for the army, but the locals took action to change the unused place into a park, planting flowers throughout it as a symbol of peace.
If you want to see some incredible spring views, please visit Hitachi Seaside Park.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Address: Ibaraki, Hitachinaka, Mawatari Aza Ōnuma 605-4
Hours: (2016 Schedule) March 1 - July 20 9:30-17:00, July 21 - August 31 9:30-18:00, Sept 1 - Oct 31 9:30-17:00, Nov 1 - Feb 28 2017 9:30-16:30 (refer to website for details)
Closed: Mondays (with exceptions)
Wi-Fi: Available in some areas
Credit cards: No
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: JR Katsuta station (勝田駅)
Access: From Katsuta station, bus from Ibaraki Kōtsu Bus Platform 2. Get off at Kaihin Kōen Nishiguchi, then walk for 20 minutes; 10 minutes from station by taxi.
Price range: Adults (15 and older) 410 yen, Children (elementary and middle school students) 80 yen, Silver (over 65) 210 yen
Phone number: +81-29-265-9001
Official Website: Hitachi Seaside Park