Flowers

Flowers

Blessed with a mild climate, Ibaraki hosts a variety of flower events according to the seasons. Some of them take place near beaches on the Pacific Ocean, where you can feel a refreshing sea breeze. 

Hitachi Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) and Hitachi Furyu-mono

Approximately 14,000 cherry trees in Hitachi bear beautiful blossoms in April, and lots of visitors flock here day and night. For two days, huge festival floats called furyumono (15 meters high, 18 meters wide, and weighing 5 tons) appear on the street, and puppet plays are performed on it. The furyumono have been designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural property. Cherry blossom map link

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Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachinaka City

From mid-April to early May, nearly 4.5 million nemophila entirely cover a 3.5-hectare hill in Hitachi Seaside Park. The bright blue flowers create a world of fantasy together with the sky and the ocean. Enjoy taking a stroll on the hill, and feel the refreshing sea breeze.  

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Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachinaka City

 Kochia plants are grown from July to the end of October on a large hill in Hitachi Seaside Park. The kochia are green at first, but the most popular time for viewing them is mid-October, when they turn scarlet red. For a week in August, the green kochia-covered hill is lit up in the evening, creating a colorful dream-like world.

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Mito Plum Blossom Festival

Kairakuen Garden and Kodokan Mito-han School/Mito City

 Giving off a subtle fragrance from late February to March, ume (plum blossoms) are a herald of spring. Kairakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, and it is known for its 3,000 ume trees in 100 different species. The park features various attractions which can be enjoyed throughout the year, such as the Kobuntei villa and a lush bamboo forest, and Tokiwa Shrine is situated near the main entrance to the park.

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Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival

Kasama Inari Shrine/Kasama City

  From late October to late November, the Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival is held at Kasama Inari Shrine. The festival has a history of over 110 years, which makes it the oldest chrysanthemum festival in Japan. Nearly 10,000 potted chrysanthemums are displayed throughout the shrine grounds, and, in particular, dolls and decorations skillfully made using chrysanthemums draw lots of visitors. Some traditional events such as yabusame (horseback archery) and Shinto rituals with music are also held during the festival.

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Sunflower Festival

Chikusei City

  Nearly one million sunflowers on a four-hectare field bloom gorgeously from late August to early September in Chikusei City’s Sunflower Festival.Viewed against the sky with Mt. Tsukuba in the background, the bright yellow flowers create quite an impressive view. The field has paths for walking, so you can enjoy finding just the right spot for the perfect photograph.

Koga Peach Blossom Festival

Koga Park/Koga City

Peach trees bear pretty pink blossoms in late March when it gets warmer. The nearly 1,500 peach trees in Koga Park have differently shaped blossoms (mostly pink, with a few white). The Peach Festival held there is a delightful event, where on weekends you can enjoy riding in a hot-air balloon or rickshaw, as well as watching various kinds of performances, including street performances and live bands.

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Suigo Itako Iris Festival(Suigo Itako Ayame-en Park,Itako City)

The city of Itako is a waterfront city surrounded by the sea, rivers and lakes, and 1 million iris plants of 500 varieties will be in full bloom from late May to mid-June. You can enjoy cruising on the river by rowing boat. Also, Yomeiribune, a wedding ceremony, where a bride in a traditional costume is on a boat, can be seen on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the iris festival.

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Hydrangea Festival

Amabiki Kannon Temple/Sakuragawa City

 Located in a mountainous area, Amabiki Kannon is a temple known for answering prayers for a safe birth and sound child rearing. The Hydrangea Festival is held here from early June till mid-July during the rainy season. Ten different types of hydrangeas, some three thousand in number, bloom during the festival. The imposing temple building is also something to see.

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Kasama Azalea Festival

Kasama Tsutsuji Park, Kasama City

From mid-April to early May, azaleas of various kinds color the hill in Tsutsuji Park during the Kasama Azalea Festival. From the top of the hill you can look down over the landscape of Kasama. Japan’s Golden Week holidays fall during the festival, and lots of people flock to Kasama to enjoy the Kasama Himatsuri pottery festival, as well.