Japan hosts some of the most beautiful plant life in the world. The cherry blossom trees have become a national symbol for the fragile nature of beauty and their elegant budding attracts millions of visitors from around the world.
Recently a new botanical attraction has drawn hundreds of admirers to Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. The nemophila flower, known as “baby blue eyes," blossoms at the end of spring and covers the park's Miharashi Hill. The flowers bloom in a rolling display of brilliant blue color.
Tourists love to walk amongst the flowers and experience the waves of color as they enjoy the springtime weather.
In fall, the hill is covered by green kokia bushes which slowly turn red as the weather turns cooler. These autumnal colors are usually best from early to mid October. If you're lucky enough to be there during the autumn, you can even take part in the Kokia Carnival, where guided tours of the kokia fields enchant visitors while the nearby boardwalk hosts activites for the festivalgoers.
Hitachi Seaside Park also features a small amusement park with over 25 rides and attractions, including a 100 meter tall Ferris wheel, putter golf, a BMX course and a roller coaster among others. Restaurants and rest areas are scattered throughout the park, and a BBQ area is available for picnics.
Unfortunately, the park has been closed from April 4th to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Re-opening date is undecided but there's plenty of beautiful photography and footage around to appreciate while you're in lockdown.