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"Miharashi Area (みはらしの丘)" was in crimson with Kochias

Translated by Miri S.

Written by MATCHA

Ibaraki 2014.11.21 Bookmark

Although numbers of rare and magnificent landscapes exist in the world, many of those lovely landscapes can be seen in Japan as well. This time, we will introduce one of them, which can be seen only in autumn.

What is Kochias?

This magnificent view consists of plants called Kochias. This Kochia is a mysterious plant with the length of 50cm and fluffy round shape. If you look at it from far away, it looks like a massive moss ball. Its Japanese name is Houkigusa (broom bush). As the name shows, back in the old days, people made brooms with Kochias. Kochias make people amused by turning into bright red in autumn.

Where can we see them?

We can see Kochias at "Hitachi Seaside Park" in Hitachinaka-city, Ibaraki prefecture. Although many people get there by car or highway bus, this time, let us introduce you how to get there by train.

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The closest station is Katsuta station on JR Jyoban line. It takes approx. 70min by limited express (Super Hitachi J) from Ueno station or 2 to 2.5 hours by local train. Now that Shunjyu (春秋) airline is in service at Ibaraki Airport, after arriving at the airport, you can get on a direct bus to get to Katsuta station's west exit in 1 hour.

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After exiting from the gate, please head to the east exit. When you get off an escalator, there is a bus station. Get on a bus from the bus stop 2 (picture above).

From the bus stop, it takes approx. 20min to get to the destination, Hitachi Seaside Park. Although there are two closest bus stops, "Hitachi Seaside Park West Gate" and "Hitachi Seaside Park East Gate", please get off at the former because it's much closer to Miharashi Area with Kochias. By the way, if you want to get to the park from the station by taxi, it takes approx. 15min.

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This is the west gate of the park. First of all, please purchase an admission ticket from the ticket machine in the middle. After buying a ticket, simply push your way to Kochias. Although there is a path surrounding a big pond near the gate, you can get to your destination from either side of the path.

Crimson, brighter than you expect

What you see at the front are cosmoses. The crimson carpet at the back --- it consists of Kochias.


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Let's look at them closer.


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コキア 群生

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Kochias are soaked in red from their stems. By climbing the hill, right in front of your eyes, there is the contrast of blue sky, green trees and crimson Kochias.

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If you continue to look at this view, you feel like you accidentally came to another planet.

This "Hitachi Seaside Park" shows another side to us in spring.
Nemophilas were more blue than the sky. Overlooked panoramic views at "Miharashi Area" in Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki.

Crimson carpet of Kochias endlessly extends. Under the autumn sky, please do enjoy this amazing world!



Hitachi Seaside Park

Address: 605-4, Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka-city, Ibaraki
Opening Hours:Please refer to HP (change depending on the season)
Closed Days:Mondays (When Monday is a public holiday, the following day (Tuesday) is closed), 31 Dec, 1 Jan, the first Tuesday to Friday in Feb
Credit Cards:Unavailable
Station:Katsuta station on JR Jyoban line
Access:By bus 2, 20min from East Exit of Katsuta station
Official HP:ひたち海浜公園

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