Hitachi Seaside Park

December 3, 2015 2015年12月3日

One hour north of Tokyo along the coastline of Japan’s largest island Honshu, the subtly named Hitachi Seaside Park is notable for its year-long displays of surreal nature scenes. The landscape changes psychedelic hues with the season changes. In the springtime, baby-blue flowers called Nemophila bloom all over the park in a phenomenon called “Nemophila Harmony”, for which Hitachi is famed. Later in the fall, small cotton-shaped shrubs called Kochia bloom, making for an even more bizarre landscape.


The Kochia, also known as the bassia scoparia, is a knee-high bush that is usually green most of the year. However, in October every year it changes from green to flaming gradients of crimson for a few weeks, peaking in mid-October and fading out by November. Photos taken in the Kochia fields during peak season look as if they were shot with infrared film.


The park itself is 470 acres and contains a wide range of different plant species. There are about 4.5 million blue Nemophila plants, one million daffodils and 170 different varieties of tulips. Fields of buckwheat, from which the region’s famed soba is made, curve alongside flowering fields.


Every year, the phenomenon of koyo (trees changing colors) attracts city-dwellers to head north to Hitachi to enjoy the amazing intensity of the surrounding hills.


605-4 Onuma, Mawatari, Hitachinaka 312-0012, Ibaraki Prefecture


Phone: +81 29-265-9001



電話番号: +81 29-265-9001

Contributor & Photographer: Jia Li

記事と写真: Jia Li

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