In Japan, every 4 seasons has a beautiful scenery with flowers. I want to introduce flowers in each seasons and the place you can enjoy them in Kanto region.
CANOLA FLOWER FEBRUARY TO MARCH
Michi no Eki Tomiura Biwa club in Chiba was selected as the best roadside station in Japan in 2014. In early spring, you can enjoy a big canola flowers field just in front of the station. Its size is same as Tokyo Dome and the view is really dynamic and overwhelming. It is really nice time to see such a beautiful scenery. Also there are a cafe, shops and some events held there. You can enjoy strawberry picking too. It is a really nice place to spend time and worth visiting.
Michi no Eki Tomiura Biwa club Address : 123-1 Aoki, Tomiura cho, Minami Boso city, Chiba 299-2416 Opening Hour : 10:00am ~ 6:00pm Phone : +81(0)-470-33-4611 Best time to see : the middle of February to the middle of March Website :Michi no Eki Tomiura Biwa club(Japanese)
CHERRY BLOSSOM MARCH TO APRIL
Cherry Blossom is the most famous flower in Japan and not only Japanese but also foreign people like to see them. In Satte city located about one hour away from Tokyo, you can see a beautiful tunnel of 1,000 cherry blossom in 1km length. The contrast of pink cherry blossoms and yellow canola flowers is amazing and in spring season many people visit to see this beautiful scenery. Also the cherry blossom festival is held at the best season and you can enjoy cherry blossoms illuminated in the evening too.
Satte Gongendo Address : 887-3 Uchigoma, Satte city, Saitama 340-0103 Opening Hour : 8:30am ~ 7:00pm (Apr to Sep) 8:30am ~ 5:00pm (Oct to Mar) Fees : free Best time to see : late in March to early in April Phone: +81(0)-480-44-0873
WISTERIA APRIL TO MAY
In Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi, there are a wide variety of wisteria from light red, purple, white to yellow. The view of more than 350 wisteria is so beautiful. Especially a 150 year-old large wisteria trellis has a breathtaking beauty. Also the 80m length of white wisteria tunnel is dreamy and worth seeing. In 2014, it was selected as the best 10 dream destinations by CNN.
Ashikaga Flower Park Address : 607 Hasama cho, Ashikaga city, Tochigi 329-4216 Opening Hour : 9:00am ~ 6:00pm Fees : depends on season 300yen to 1700yen Phone : +81(0)-284-91-4939 Best time to see :the middle of April to the middle of May Website : Ashikaga Flower Park
ROSE MAY TO JUNE
In Keisei Rose Park in Ibaraki you can enjoy about 1,500 kind of 10,000 roses. From old roses to the newest one, through the park you can enjoy even the history of roses. Its French style garden is really gorgeous like a garden of European nobleman. Also there is a garden center that held seminars and sell seeds. So for people who like gardening, it is a very good place to visit.
Keisei Rose Garden Address: 755 Owada-shinden, Yachiyo city, Chiba 276-0046 Opening Hour : 9:00am ~ 5:30pm Fees : depends on season 300yen to 1200yen Phone : +81(0)47-459-0106 Best time to see: the middle of May to early in June early in October to early in November Website :Keisei Rose Garden(Japanese)
Kamakura is one of the most popular touring spots in Japan and also famous for its beautiful hydrangea. Especially Meigetsuin Temple is called as hydrangea temple and many people visit in June. You can see a wide variety of 2,500 hydrangea and the view of temple grounds covered with blue color is amazing. Not only on sunny days but also on rainy days it is tasteful to visit this temple and see hydrangea.
Meigetsuin Temple Address : 189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura city, Kanagawa 247-0062 Opening Hour : 9:00am ~ 4:00pm 8:30am ~ 5:00pm (June) Fee : 300yen 500yen (June) Phone : +81(0)-467-24-3437 Best time to see : June
Hanano Miyako Park is a flower park located on an elevation 1,000m plateau near Lake Yamanaka and you can see Mt.Fuji on the back. The view of the flower gardens with seasonable colors in every seasons is really beautiful and magnificent. In August, you can see sunflowers that is most famous flower in summer but also you can see other beautiful flowers. The contrast of brilliant flowers and blue sky makes you feel refreshed.
Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Park Address : 1650 Yamanaka, Yamanakako mura, Minamitsuru gun, Yamanashi 401-0501 Opening Hour : 8:30am ~ 5:00pm *Closed on Tuesday between 1st December and 15th March Fees : 500yen on paid area, Free on Sunflower area Phone : +81(0)-555-62-5587 Best time to see :the middle to the end of August Website :Hanano Miyako Park(Japanese)
PAMPAS GRASS SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER
Pampas grass field in Hakone Sengokuhara is nowadays a very popular place. Its beautiful view is selected as the 50 most beautiful landscapes of Kanagawa. Especially during the middle to the end of Autumn the view is really beautiful like a golden carpet. Depends on an angle of light, it can be also seen beautiful silver or gold towards evening and you can enjoy different colors.
Pampas grass field in Sengokuhara Address : Sengokuhara, Kanagawa Access : About 30 min on the Hakone Tozan Bus Togendai Line (Bus Line T) from Hakone-Yumoto Station to the “Sengoku Kogen” bus stop. Fees : Free Phone : +81(0)460-84-3500 Best time to see :late in September to early in November Website :hakonenavi
RED LEAVES OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER
Showa Kinen Park was established as park of a project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s reign. You can see a wide variety of flowers and plants inside the park. The recommendation in Autumn is Japanese garden located on the north part of the park. Scarlet maple leaves and Enkianthus perulatus are really beautiful. Also Ginko trees in November is famous and many people visit. You can enjoy taking a walk surrounded by beautiful colorful leaves.
Showa Kinen Park Address : 3173 Midori cho, Tachikawa city, Tokyo 190-0014 Opening Hour : 9:30am ~ 5:00pm *9:30am to 4:30pm November to February *9:30am to 6:00pm on Saturday, Sunday, Public holiday April to September *Closed on the fourth Monday and the following day of February. Fees : 410yen (Over 15 y.o.) 80yen (6~14 y.o.) 210yen (Over 65 y.0.) Phone : +81(0)42-528-1751 Best time to see : late in October to late in November Website :Showa Kinen Park
PLUM FLOWERS FEBRUARY TO MARCH
In old days in Japan, speaking of flower, it was plum flowers. Plum flowers are the herald of spring and Japanese people really like to see them.Kairakuen in Ibaraki is one of the three most beautiful gardens of Japan with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama and the best place to enjoy seeing plum flowers.About one hundred kind of 3,000 plum flowers are really worth seeing.
Kairakuen Address : 1-3-3 Tokiwa cho, Mito city, Ibaraki 310-0033 Openign Hour : 6:00am ~ 7:00pm *7:00am to 6:00pm October to 19th February Fees : 190 yen Phone : +81-(0)29-244-5454 Best time to see : late in February to the middle of March Website : Kairakuen