Ethereal Hitachi Seaside Park In Ikabari, Japan Has Vivid Colours That Change Through The Seasons

Ethereal Hitachi Seaside Park In Ikabari, Japan Has Vivid Colours That Change Through The Seasons

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By Karmen on 23 Jun 2020
Digital Editor

We might be able to travel again soon so it's time to plan your holidays! If you're planning to go to Japan, we've found an Insta-worthy park in Ikabari which is just one and a half hours away from Tokyo by train.

Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan is famous for its large fields filled with an endless sea of beautiful flowers and plants in vivid colours. The greenery in this park are seasonal which means that there's a dramatic change in colour every season!

Keep reading to check it out! 

Among the many flowers and plants in Hitachi Seaside Park, the one that stands out is the iconic and unique Kochia bush that looks like round fluffy poufs.

Kochia (summer cypress) is an annual plant native to dry lands in the Eurasian Continent. The bushes are planted in the summer when they are a vibrant green.

green kochi bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

green kochi bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park


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As they grow wilder and woolier from September to mid-October, the green turns into a greenish-red, then to a vivid crimson.

greenish-red kochi bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

greenish-red kochi bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

Finally, the Kochia bushes become a bright scarlet in October.

Scarlett pink kochi bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ikabari, Japan
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

 


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Besides the Kochia landscape, there are also beautiful nemophila flowers! The flowers are round and transparent with a sky-blue colour and tinges of violet.

nemophila flowers in Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

From late April to mid-May, the park's 4.5 million nemophila flowers bloom and create a stunning scene of seamless blues from the fields to the nearby ocean and the spring skies. Climb up Miharashi Hill to get the best view of the kochia bushes and flowers!

nemophila flowers in Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park is also home to 3400 varieties of roses, colourful tulips and narcissus plants that form a carpet of sunshine.

roses in Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

colourful tulips in Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

narcissus plants in Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

While you're there to enjoy the view and take snaps for the 'gram, there are also other activities you can do. Visit the Pleasure Garden amusement park, go cycling, play golf, take BMX obstacle courses or let your kids run wild in the forest adventure playground and trampolines.

kids playing in Hitachi Seaside Park playground
Photo from Hitachi Seaside Park

There are two ways to get there. You can take the JR Joban Line from Shinagawa, Tokyo or Ueno stations to Katsuta Station which takes about an hour and a half, then take a 15-minute bus ride to the park. The other option is to take a highway bus from Tokyo Station to Hitachi Seaside Park which will take about two and a half hours.

Hitachi Seaside Park
📍312-0012 Ibaraki, Hitachinaka, Mawatari, Japan
⏰ 9.30am - 4.30/5/6pm depending on the season. Closed on certain days.
💵 ¥450, ~S$5.87 (adults), ¥210, ~S$2.74 (seniors age 65 and above)

While you're planning your trip to Tokyo, check out some cool cafes and hotels there! If you're itching to explore some open space and greenery, you can get in touch with nature in Singapore at East Coast Park which has transformed into a gorgeous flower-filled meadow.

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