Places to See Before You Die – Hitachi Seaside Park in Nemophila Season

When: April 25 – May 17
Where: Hitachi Seaside Park (605-4 Mawatari Aza Onuma , Hitachinaka, Ibaraki)

Spring is in full swing at Hitachi Seaside Park! Until April 24th, you can visit to see the tulips. Then, from April 25 to May 17, you can see the park’s famous Nemophila flowers (also known as baby blue-eyes) covering 3.5 hectares on Miharashi Hill, creating an ethereal panorama of blue sky, blue sea, and blue flowers.

Nemophila are annuals that bloom from April to May. The Nemophila used in Hitachi Seaside Park are of the Insignis blue variety. Whilst they are in bloom until mid-May, after they blossom they begin to pale, so the best time to see them is during Golden Week.

Every year tens of thousands of people visit Hitachi Seaside Park to admire this rare sight. If there’s one thing you should see while you are in Ibaraki, it’s this!

Events

Flower Stamp Rally
Until May 17, you can pick up a stamp card at the gates or the Terrace House and collect flower stamps from various locations around the park.

Fish and Flowers
On May 16 and 17, you can see a variety of colourful tropical fish from Aqua World in Oarai in the Terrace House.

Details

Opening Hours
9:30am – 5pm (7:30am – 5pm from April 29 – May 6)
Admission
Adults (15+) – 410 yen
Seniors (65+) – 210 yen
Children (Elementary and Junior High School) – 80 yen
Infants (Under 6) – Free
*Free admission for elementary and junior high schoolers on May 5 and everyone on May 17

Access
Public Transport – 15 minutes by taxi or bus from JR Katsuta Station East Exit
By Car – 15km from the Hitachi Minami Ota IC on the Joban Expressway, 1km from the Hitachi Kaihin Koen IC on the Hitachi Naka Toll Road (accessible via the Kita-Kanto Expressway)

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