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

From mid-April to early May, nearly 4.5 million nemophila flowers cover a 3.5 hectare area of hillside in Hitachi Seaside Park. The sea of blue flowers merges with the sky in an endless vista. Enjoy a stroll through the flowers, taking in the views and refreshing sea breeze as you go. 

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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

 Plum blossoms mark the arrival of Spring in Japan. Kairakuen Park is home to around 3000 plum trees of 100 different species which flower from late February to March, filling the park with a delicate floral fragrance. Kairakuen also features various attractions which can be enjoyed throughout the year, such as Kobuntei villa and a lush bamboo forest. 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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Itako Iris Festival (Itako City)

Itako City is a waterfront city surrounded by the ocean on one side and rivers and lakes on the other. The city is most famous for its Iris Festival in which nearly one million iris plants fill the city with innumerable shades of purple. During the festival in late May and June, visitors can also see a traditional ceremony in which a bride in a stunning white wedding kimono travels by boat to join her new husband's family as well enjoy leisurely row boat cruises on the city's many canals.

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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.