Japan is considered the country of flowers. In the country of samurai, flowers bloom at different times in the year and represent for the seasons
Lavender (Furano – Hokkaido)
Lavender is a branch of herb group originating from the Mediterranean coast. Although the plant is difficult to grow in hot climates and high humidity, it can grow strongly in the Furano climate, making this area a distinct landmark. The lavender fields stretch continuously along 237 Boulevard, which connects Kamifurano province to Furano city. From mid to late July is the time when these flowers blossom cover the hillside with purple like a dream. In winter, the lavender garden in Hokuseiyama, operated by the Nakafurano town’s government, is a popular ski resort. Visitors can pay for a cable car ride to enjoy the magical nature that covers the whole Furano basin area to the Tokachidake Mountains.
Blooming time: from mid to late July
Address: Kamifurano-cho / Nakafurano-cho, Furano, Hokkaido
Transportation: 10 minutes walk from Nakafurano Station (Furano Line)
Peach – Fukushima fruit route
Fukushima is the center of fruit growing industry. Many fruits are grown throughout the province. By the end of April, the Fukushima River basin is full of peach blossoms. In particular, in the western part of Fukushima, along with the Kaminagura-Iizaka-Dateline (intercity road) route connecting with 13th and 15th Avenue, there is a “fruit route” from which visitors can witness the stunning Azuma Adatara mountain. In summer and fall, some fruit gardens open to tourists and fruit shops are scattered along the way attract customers to buy.
Blooming time: from late April to early May
Address: Gorouchi-machi, Fukushima
Transportation: 20 minutes drive to JR Fukushima station
Azaleas (Nasu Kogen Plateau – Tochigi)
The Yawatasaki-Kogen plateau stretches over the hillsides of the great Nasu Kogen plateau about 1,100 meters above sea level. Here, azaleas thrive in clusters featuring an area up to 13 hectares. The promenades are arranged so that visitors can experience the stroll through the azaleas. During the trek through 100,000 shrubs of azaleas, sometimes, visitors might encounter wildlife animals. In addition to enjoying the beautiful colors of thousands of colors, visitors can also view the Kanto plain as well as to the highest peak of Mount Nasu-dake, Chausu-dake.
Blooming time: between May to early June
Address: Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
Transportation: Take the Toya Bus 45 minutes from JR Kuroiso Station (Utsunomiya Line) to Odan to Nasu-sanroku.
Walk 15 minutes after leaving the station.
Iris flower (Mizumoto koen Park – Tokyo)
Mizumoto-koen park is a natural garden located in the area near the “Koaidame” reservoir which helps to prevent floods from the Tone-gawa river. This park covers almost 820,000m2 which is the largest park in Katsushika district. In this park, visitors will be lost in hundreds of flowers blooming during four seasons. In June, about 200,000 flowers of 80 different varieties bloomed in the south of the park, turn it the largest flower field in bloom in Tokyo. Visitors can admire the beautiful flowers when walking on the wooden road running through the field. The lavender festival is also held every June.
Blooming time: from early to late June
Address: Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Transportation: Take a 10-minute bus ride from JR Kanamachi Station to Mizumoto Park. Walk for 7 minutes after leaving the bus stop.
Rapeseed and Poppy (Mother Farm – Chiba prefecture)
Mother Farm is located on Mount Kano-zan with views to the Boso-hanto Mountains as well as Tokyo Bay. Although still in the suburbs, visitors can feel the magic of nature during the visit to this farm. Rapeseed is easily found on the large slopes. The feature of the farm is the landscape of three million flowers blooming throughout the region, sparking the fresh scent of spring.
Minami-Boso is the southernmost part of Chiba, where spring will arrive a little earlier than other parts of the country. There is a route called the “Boso Flower Road”, which stretches about 17 km from Suzaki in Tateyama to Nojimazaki in Shirahama. Amusement parks are also located along this road. Here, many types of flowers such as rapeseed, poppy flowers and daffodils will hatch from mid-December to the end of March.
Blooming time: from mid-February to late April (rape flower)
Address: 940-3 Takura, Futtsu, Chiba (Mother Farm Farm)
Transportation: Take a 25-minute bus ride from JR Sanukimachi Station (Mother Farm Farm)
Hours of operation: Mother Farm will be closed from 11-14 January, weekdays from 13-17 December.
Hortensia (Meigetsu Temple in Kanagawa)
Meigetsu-in Temple, also known as Camelot Temple at Kita Kamakura Station. The beauty of the 200,000 hortensia flowers planted in the surrounding area turning the Meigetsu-in Temple into the best place to admire Hortensia in the rainy season. In 1951, the temple’s head planted this kind of flowers with the purpose of making fences. As the time goes by, the fences now have become a famous landscape. This kind of flower known as “Hortensia princess” because of its elegant qualities.
Blooming time: from mid to late June
Address: Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Transportation: a 10-minute walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station
Hours of operation: 09:00 – 16:00 (08:30 – 17:00 in June
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