JAPAN – FLOWER PARADISE OF DREAMERS
When thinking of Japan, Cherry Blossom is the first flower that comes to everybody’s mind. But I want to let you know that the country dubbed as the land of flowers has so much more than that. Let's explore the "flower hunting" journey in the Land of the Rising Sun with me!
Wisteria - Fuji
There’s a type of flower that you will definitely take your hat off to its beauty when encountering. It’s well-known throughout the world for flowerful long-blooming clusters of three mesmerizing colors: white, pink, and purple, with a pleasant faint smelling. That’s Wisteria.
In Japan, when mentioning Wisteria, people will immediately think of Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. From Tokyo Station, it only takes about 2 hours to get there, don’t forget to bring a camera as every frame of this park is a piece of art ^^
Mid-April to mid-May is the prime time to catch the Wisteria blooms, coinciding with the Golden Week in Japan, then a lot of people come there to enjoy the flowers.
There are three old wisteria trees with more than 100-year life expectancy, spreading canopies, and alluring hanging clusters of flowers.
Baby Blue Eyes - Nemophila
Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 2 hours by train from Tokyo, Hitachi Flower Park is one of Japan's largest flower parks with an area of 350 hectares.
From mid-April to mid-May, you can see a field of Nemophila stretching to the horizon. The beauty of this sky-colored flower attracts millions of visitors come to enjoy it. Standing in front of a "vast blue ocean", visitors seem to let all the sorrow in life be gone and fully indulge in the beauty of nature there.
Originated in Turkey, Tulips have been cultivated and grown in many places in Japan. If you come to the Nemophila field, you should also visit the Tulip Park with 260,000 tulips, which is also belonging to the Hitachi complex of parks.
From the middle to the end of April, Tulips with lots of brilliant colors come into bloom. It will come as no surprise that people put down picnic rugs, place food and tea, enjoying tea while watching flowers. Since beauty is inherently something to behold ^^
Azaleas - Tsutsuji
Located on the outskirts of Tokyo, Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple in Ome City is dubbed as the "Flower" Temple since this ancient place is covered with thousands of flowers such as hydrangeas, lilies, red spider lilies, hagi flowers, and most especially azaleas with 17,000 ones are planted.
Every mid-April to mid-May, azaleas cover the entire hilly area with a color of vibrant pink, attracting numerous domestic and foreign visitors to join the flower festival.
When mentioning Lavender, people will immediately think of a romantic lavender field in France. But did you know that there is also a lavender field in Japan that has made millions of visitors fall in love with?!
Coming to the Tomita flower farm in Hokkaido which is located in the north of Japan from late June to early August, you will be able to look at the extensive purple lavender fields blooming by your own eyes and fully enjoy the fresh air of a peaceful countryside like being lost in a village of an ancient tale.
Beautiful lavender fields stretching far away has become a special symbol in Japan, which definitely will remind the visitors of the summer in Hokkaido.
Japan truly attracts visitors not only by its stunning natural scenery, delicate culinary culture but also by the vivid beauty of the flower seasons.
If someone asks me: Which is the best season to travel to Japan, my answer will simply be: During the flower blooming seasons, as you cannot find any repeated pattern in the picture of four-season flowers there ^^
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