Do you know that Japanese people are crazy about cherry blossoms? In fact, we are crazy about pretty much any flower! There are numerous parks and gardens in Japan that have an absolutely stunning scene of flowers flourishing every year. From domestic species to foreign, you’d most definitely find a flower garden of your taste. Here are five that are easily accessible from Tokyo.Hitachi Seaside Park
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During spring, the fields of Hitachi Seaside Park get filled with an ocean of blue blossoms. If you take a closer look, these are 4.5million nemophila growing in a field of over 200ha. The scene is absolutely breathtaking, as the flowers swing as the wind from the Pacific blows. As you can see from the image, the blue carpet creates an illusion as if the sky just melted onto the ground.Showakinen Park
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The Showakinen Park hosts the Flower Festival every year, where different flowers bloom to their peak every week. Some of them include plums, cherry blossoms, rapes, tulips, rosebay, poppies, and wistaria. Due to its variety, many people repeatedly visit the park during the festival to enjoy the changing color of the field.Tokaen
Tokaen is the go-to spot if you’d like to see these light purple flower curtains. Wisteria, ‘fuji” in Japanese, is one of the most emblematic flowers of late spring in Japan. This beautiful flower grows off a small tree that tends to stick and climb on anything. That’s the reason why wisteria is often grown around arches or pergolas, their luxurious foliage provides a very appreciated shadowy space during spring and summer. This Japanese flower has been represented numerous times in paintings or poetry and its Chinese character 藤 (fuji) is also used in many family names.
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As Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama, the garden is covered by moss phlox right after the sakura season. Moss phlox is also called “Shiba-zakura” in Japanese, which means “grass sakura”, and you’d understand exactly why we call it that way, as the flower creates a carpet of pink, displaying various colors from vibrant to pale. During its peak, many couples visit the park to enjoy this truly joyous atmosphere filled with love.
Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park
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Last but not least, is the Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park which has an almost fairytale-like field of Iceland Poppies covering the park. Yards and yards of flowers of white, orange, yellow, and pink grow from late March, reaching their peak at the beginning of May.