Perfect for spring and early summer! Special feature article on the best places to see flowers in Japan in April and May.

Perfect for spring and early summer! Special feature article on the best places to see flowers in Japan in April and May.
As we gradually feel the warmth of spring, where would you like to go?
I'd like to introduce you to some of the best places to see flowers in April and May. I have gathered a wide range of places to visit, from flowers grown in ordinary parks to those grown in facilities such as flower parks.
In the spring and early summer, vivid flowers add beautiful colors to the spectacular scenery. Please take a look at it for your upcoming travel!

1. A carpet of flowers! A field of canola flowers spreading all over the place

1. A canola flower field in Takikawa City (Hokkaido)

Canola flowers in Takikawa City

The canola flower fields of Takikawa City in Hokkaido, which boasts the largest area of canola flowers grown in Japan. The canola flowers cultivated here are not for viewing, but for food use. Each year, the canola flowers are planted in a different location to avoid continuous cropping problems so that you can see a diverse landscape each year.
At the "Takikawa Canola flower Festival," the biggest event in Takikawa City, an observatory is set up at the main canola flower field site. A gourmet fair and events using canola flowers and other Takikawa local cooking ingredients are held.

The canola flowers are an important agricultural product for canola seed farmers, so entry into the fields is prohibited. Please observe the flowers in good manners when viewing them

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around mid-May to early June

  •  Canola flowers in Takikawa City2
  • Canola flowers in Takikawa City3

2. Canola flower field in Yokohama Town (Aomori Prefecture)

 Canola flower field in Yokohama Town

The canola flower fields of Yokohama Town, the most extensive in Honshu, fill the hillsides with beautiful canola flowers and can be seen from the windows of the Ominato Line.
In the middle of May (the third Sunday of the month), when the canola flowers in the town are at their best, the "Canola flower Festival in Yokohama" is held, featuring a marathon as the main event, a canola flower maz,e shows on a special stage, and various food stalls.
The nearby roadside Station Yokohama sells many products made from Yokohama Town's canola flowers, fresh local vegetables, and specialties. It is an excellent place to stop by after viewing the canola flower fields. Rodeside Station Yokohama website

For more information about the Canola Flower Festival in Yokohama in 2021, please refer to the Yokohama Town website below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around mid-May to late May

  • Yokohama Town Canola flower Field 2
  • Yokohama Town Canola flower Field 3

3. Nakayama Plateau (Nagano Prefecture)

 Nakayama Plateau (Canola flowers)

Nakayama Plateau, which stretches about 900 meters above sea level, is one of the best photo spots in Shinshu, where you can take pictures with the Northern Alps. It is also an attractive place to enjoy the scenery of the four seasons: dark green plateau in summer, fields of buckwheat flowers blooming all over in autumn, and a silvery-white world in winter. In the spring, the canola flower field that spreads along the border with the former Mima Village is a special feature of the Nakayama Plateau.
The flower fields were originally the slopes of the Omachi ski resort, and the gently sloping hills provide a wonderful contrast to the mountains of the Alps.
In addition, the yellow canola flowers reflect the sun's rays, creating a fantastic and nostalgic scene.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to mid-May

  • Nakayama Plateau (Canola flowers) 2
  • Nakayama Plateau (Canola flowers) 3

4. Suiha Plateau (Ehime Prefecture)

Suiha Plateau (Canola Flowers)

Suiha Plateau spreads over about 100 hectares centered on Suiha Peak (elevation 892m). It is a scenic spot where you can see the Seto Inland Sea and the Shikoku Mountains. It is also known as a famous place for flowers, with canola flowers in spring and early-blooming cosmos in summer and early autumn. Because of the high altitude, you can see the beautiful contrast between the canola flowers and the sky.
The annual "Suiha Plateau Canola flower Festival" held on the third Sunday of April attracts many visitors, who can enjoy various kinds of flowers such as canola flowers, cherry blossoms and cosmos, as well as stage events such as live music and bazaars

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to mid-May

  • Suiha Plateau (Calola Flowers)2
  • Suiha Plateau (Calola Flowers)3

5. Mother Farm (Chiba Prefecture)

 Mother Farm (Canola Flowers)

Mother Farm, built on a gentle mountain slope, is a well-known tourist attraction in Chiba Prefecture. The vast grounds are home to cows, horses, sheep, and other animals, and some events feature animals such as "pig races," "hand-squeezing dairy cows," and "sheep shows. “
In spring, a field of about 3.5 million canola flowers decorates the main event "Great Slope of Flowers West" and other parts of the park, making it one of the largest in the Kanto region. It is one of the largest in the Kanto region. The walking paths in the flower fields allow visitors to get closer to the canola flowers and enjoy the collaboration with various flowers such as cherry blossoms and plum blossoms.

For more information on canola flowers at Mother Farm, please visit the official website below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around mid-February to mid-April

  • Mother Farm (Canola Flowers)2
  • Mother Farm (Canola Flowers)3

2. Instagram-worthy! Colorful tulip fields

1. Tonami Tulip Park (Toyama Prefecture)

Tonami Tulip Park

Tonami Tulip Park is a city park where visitors can enjoy flowers in spring, summer, autumn, and winter under the theme of "tulips," the prefectural flower of Toyama Prefecture, and the city flower of Tonami City. The tulips' cultivation here began in the Taisho era (1912-1926) as a backup crop for paddy fields. It later spread to the entire prefecture, eventually developing Toyama Prefecture into the largest producer of tulip bulbs in Japan.
Every year from mid-April to the May holidays, the Tonami Tulip Fair is held, with about 700 varieties and 3 million tulips in full bloom, along with a ground painting of tulips, a floating flower bed in a pond, and other fun events such as a flower fashion show. The event will be held.

For more information on the 2021 Tonami Tulip Fair, please visit the official website below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around mid-April to early May

  • Tonami Tulip Park
  • Tonami Tulip Park 2

2. Expo '70 Commemorative Park (Osaka Prefecture)

Expo Park

Expo '70 Commemorative Park was built on the former site of the Japan World Exposition (Osaka Expo) held in 1970. Centered on the Tower of the Sun, the park is settled about facilities such as the Nature Park, the Japanese Garden, the National Museum of Ethnology, and the Osaka Museum of Japanese Folk Art, creating a fusion of nature and history surrounded by greenery.
On the west side of the park's symbolic Tower of the Sun, the "Tulip Garden" is planted with many varieties of tulips, and in the spring, colorful fields of red, yellow, orange, and pink tulips bloom all over the park. When the tulips are in full bloom, a tulip festival is held, and visitors can enjoy the colorful tulips.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late March to late April

  • Expo Park 2
  • Expo Park 3

3. Hamamatsu Flower Park (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Hamamatsu Flower Park (Tulips)

Hamamatsu Flower Park is a botanical garden located on Lake Hamana, surrounded by seasonal flowers. The park is a flower theme park with many attractions such as a large greenhouse, a children's plaza, and a large fountain show.
The "Cherry Blossom and Tulip Garden" is the most popular spring attraction at Hamamatsu Flower Park, where about 500,000 tulips and about 1,300 cherry blossom trees create a stunning landscape.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Late March to mid-April

  • Hamamatsu Flower Park (Tulips)2
  • Hamamatsu Flower Park (Tulips)3

4. Hananomiyako Park (Yamanashi Prefecture)

Hananomiyako Park (Tulips)

Hananomiyako Park is located on a plateau about 1,000 meters above sea level and covers an area of approximately 300,000 square meters. The park is famous as a photo spot where various flower fields spread out each season and you can see Mt. Fuji.
In the park, approximately 150,000 tulips are in full bloom every spring. Many tourists gather to capture the spectacular scenery and colorful flowers.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to early May

  • Hananomiyako Park (Tulips)2
  • Hananomiyako Park (Tulips)3

5. Showa Memorial Park (Tokyo)

Showa Memorial Park (Tulips)

The national park covers about 1,870,200 square meters, and this national park offers a vast field, playground area, swimming pool, and barbecue for children and adults alike. The park is full of green and is a leisure facility and a place where you can enjoy viewing seasonal flowers and plants, and a flower festival is held in spring.
The tulip garden is in full bloom, with various red, pink, yellow, purple, and white tulips decorating the garden.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late March to mid-April

  • Showa Memorial Park (Tulips)2
  • Showa Memorial Park (Tulips)3

3. Like a curtain of flowers. A fantastic world created by wisteria

1. Ashikaga Flower Park (Tochigi Prefecture)

Ashikaga Flower Park (Wisteria)

From spring to early summer, Ashikaga Flower Park blooms with more than 350 wisterias, including the symbolic 150-year-old, 600-mat(1,094.3 square meters) wisteria trellis, an 80-meter-long tunnel of white wisteria, and a tunnel of flowering wisteria. The wisteria flowers are usually in full bloom from mid-April to early May, and during this period, the park is lit up at night to create a magical atmosphere.
It has been a popular tourist spot in Ashikaga City for a long time. The opening of Ashikaga Flower Park Station on the JR Ryomo Line in April 2018 has become more convenient. It is attracting attention as an easily accessible spot with a spectacular view of flowers.

For more information about Fuji-no-Hana-Monogatari Great Wisteria Festival 2021, please visit the official website below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around mid-April to mid-May

  • Ashikaga Flower Park (Wisteria)2
  • Ashikaga Flower Park (Wisteria)3

2. Tennogawa Park (Aichi Prefecture)

Tennogawa Park (Wisteria)

At Tennogawa Park, you can see the changing of the seasons. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom in the park, and around late April to early May, wisteria flowers are in full bloom.
During the Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival, held every year from late April to early May, you can fully enjoy the wisteria trellises, which are 275 meters long and cover an area of about 5,034 square meters.

In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the lighting up of the wisteria trellises, stage events, and other festival-related events have been canceled for 2021, but the wisteria can still be viewed. For more information, please visit the official website below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to early May

  • Tennogawa Park (Wisteria)2
  • Tennogawa Park (Wisteria)3

3. Ohmishima Fuji Park (Ehime Prefecture)

Ohmishima Fuji Park(Wisteria)

The Ohmishima Fuji Park spreads out with the Ohmishima Art Museum at its core. The park's west side is a Japanese garden surrounded by white walls with a dry landscape garden and flowers of buttons and hydrangeas. The east side is a Western-style park with a 300-meter-long wisteria trellis, flowering trees such as roses and cherry blossoms, and grass.
When the wisteria is in full bloom, a tea ceremony is held in the vicinity. Other events such as a food stall village, flower arrangement exhibition, and vegetable and flower seedling sales corner are also held.

*The event has been canceled for the year 2021. Please check the details below.
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[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to early May

  • Ohmishima Fuji Park(Wisteria)2
  • Ohmishima Fuji Park(Wisteria)3

4. Shirai Ohmachi Fuji Park (Hyogo Prefecture)

Shirai Ohmachi Fuji Park (Wisteria)

The wisteria trellises stretching across the park's total area of 7,000 square meters are 500 meters long, making it one of the largest in the Sain region. The 1.45-meter-long wisteria clusters and the wisteria waves of white, purple, and pink flowers swaying in the wind are magnificent. Although the Shirai Ohmachi Fuji Park is open only from late April to mid-May, the scenery of the large-scale wisteria is breathtaking. It will make you feel the early summer.
There is a 5m water mill and a water mill shed built by residents in the park, creating a nostalgic atmosphere.

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to mid-May

  • Shirai Ohmachi Fuji Park (Wisteria)2
  • Shirai Ohmachi Fuji Park (Wisteria)3

5. Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Fukuoka Prefecture)

Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Wisteria)

Kawachi Wisteria Garden, located in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, is widely known as a spot with a spectacular view of flowers, selected as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan" by CNN in the U.S. in 2015. The best part of the garden is the large wisteria trellis, which covers about 1,000 square meters, and the wisteria tunnels of 110 meters and 80 meters overwhelm the viewers every year.

The wisteria blooming season coincides with the Golden Week holidays, causing traffic congestion, and as a measure to alleviate congestion, a reservation ticket system was introduced in 2016. Please check the official website before you visit.
Kawachi Wisteria Garden, Kitakyushu City (official website)

[Best time to visit in a year]
Around late April to mid-May

  • Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Wisteria)2
  • Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Wisteria)3

4. Finally

How was it? This time, we have introduced you to some of the most famous flower spots in Japan under the themes of "canola flowers," "tulips," and "wisteria"!
Each location has a different view, and some are managed as facilities, some by local volunteers, and some by the local government, but all are well maintained and have lovely views.
It is the perfect time to visit in April and May! Please enjoy the flowers while taking proper precautions against infection!

*Due to the coronavirus infection's effects, some of the annual events have been canceled. Please check tourism websites and municipal websites in advance before visiting.

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