Awaji Island: Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
Awaji is considered as the fairy tale island of Japan with distinct nature, alluring landscape and diverse vegetation. Those who admire flowers like me... here is an absolute paradise!
As the pandemic hits making people have to stay home all day, we appreciate the days of being able to go out freely, travel to new places more and more. Loafing around in the house triggered me to take a look at the photos from old trips, then I accidentally found some photos from the trip to Awaji Island in Hyogo.
In this article, I will share the breathtaking scenery of the park with you. It was a day in late May, I woke up and prepared for the trip to Awaji island with excitement.
- I used a JR Kansai Pass ticket from Osaka, it took 30 minutes to get to Kobe Station
- Walked for another 5 minutes, we got to Akashi Port and chose to go by ferry to the island
- The ferry was very fast, I think it only took 15 minutes to get to the destination
- The fare was ¥500/pax for one-way, pretty reasonable
The island of thousand flowers
It is nothing strange when they call Awaji "the island of thousands flowers" from the very first steps they set foot in. Thanks to the favorable weather with a warm climate, the flora grow greenly, flowers bloom beautifully all year round.
You can enjoy different colors of flowers that blossom each season: cherry blossoms, tulips, English whitebeam, mimosa, hydrangeas, sunflowers,...
It only took a 5-minute drive from Awaji junction to get to Akashi Kaikyo Park. It would be very convenient if you travel here by car as the private parking lot is quite spacious.
We got to the park at 10 am, the bright sunlight lighting up everywhere, making the surrounding more sparkling. By then the park was quite packed, people seemed to prefer to enjoy the fresh morning air at a pace that close to nature like this.
The fee varies depending on age group: primary and middle school students: ¥80; above 15 years old: ¥410 and above 65 years old: ¥210
I was immediately immersed in the world of flowers, green trees and blooming flowers everywhere. The park appeared even more beautiful than I had expected, fitted with the concept designated, it was a relaxing garden by the sea, it seemed that tea party can be organized at any corner!
It was certainly not strange when this was an attraction to families and couples as apart from being filled with countless types of flowers, you could also take great photos.
The park was also divided into different areas: children playground, free BBQ area and big grass field. In addition, there was a restaurant that served dishes made from the ingredients from Awaji.
I went here in rose season so there were roses of various colors, from pink, orange, white, yellow,...creating borderless flower fields with clean bricked roads for visitors to stroll on. There were also small pretty lamp posts along the roads.
If your legs felt tired, there would be benches for you to rest, but they were not simply stone benches like in normal parks, they were elegantly designed with flower walls as if to escape from the sun, it was truly impossible to miss out any corner of this park!
After taking amazing photos, we took time walking around before leaving, enjoying the beauty of flowers made me feel as if being able to lure away all the burdens.
If I had the chance to come back, I would definitely invite my friends for a BBQ picnic here, just imagining it made me feel excited!!! If you simply walk around and take photos like us, it would only take around 1-2 hours.
If South Korea has Jeju Island, Awaji is also considered as the fairy tale island of the Land of the Rising Sun with distinct nature, alluring landscape and diverse vegetation. Especially for someone who likes admiring and growing flowers like me, Akashi Kaikyo Park is an absolute paradise.
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