Move Over Cherry Blossom Trees, There’s a New Flower Causing A Lot of Buzz in Japan

Image via The area covers 3.5 hectares, which is the equivalent of three football fields! 😲

As the sakura hype begins to quiet down, over in Ibaraki prefecture, there’s a lot of excitement and buzz 🐝going on at Hitachi Seaside Park (ひたち海浜公園 Hitachi Kaihim Kouen) for the upcoming bloom of the famous baby blue nemophila flowers.

The Nemophila Flower

Commonly referred to as baby blue eyes, each November, 4.5 million of these plants are planted each year by 100 staff members. 😲With a lot of tender love and care, these baby blue flowers begin to open up mid-April to early May, creating a sea of blue as far as the eye can see.

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It's no wonder that thousands of people flock to the park each year and head to Miharashi hills (see map) to take in the beautiful flowers dancing across the sprawling hills. When you combine the blue sky, the Pacific Ocean and the hills covered in the baby blue nemophila flowers, it’s a truly breathtaking view that you can’t miss out on.


When is it in Expected to Be in Full Bloom This Year?

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If you are thinking about heading out to Ibaraki, it’s expected to be in full bloom around April 24th ~ May 3rd 2019. To see the blooming forecast in more detail, see the schedule here.

Snap Away 🤳🏻

Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged as this is definitely an instagram worthy spot!

Here we’ve got our very own Emma, aka. Tokidoki Traveller when the nemophila were in full bloom.


Blue to Red in the Fall

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If you can’t head out to Ibaraki during spring, then come visit in the fall as the sea of blue nemophila flowers are switched out with the kochia (summer cypress) plant that turn to scarlet red mid-October. 


WE've got some footage for you 📹

If you want to see what the summer cypress looks like, we've got some footage from last fall that we took. Check it down below ↓


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12:58~


Tips 💡

  • If you want to get the picture perfect shot with no one in it, get there early and line up before the park opens.


  • The Hitachi Seaside Park complex is a large park covering a lot of land therefore if you are thinking about exploring all areas, we recommend you rent a bike or bring your own bike for no extra charge.


Address: 605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 312-0012, Japan

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