Go railway hopping to view 3 beautiful "Nanohana" gardens

Go railway hopping to view 3 beautiful
The "Nanohana", or rape blossoms, are the first to signal the coming of Spring. The view of the blossoms that spread out like a yellow carpet will relieve the soul of anyone who visits.
This time, I will introduce the best spots to view these Nanohana, such as the local railway that runs through the countryside, Mt. Fuji, and a lighthouse.

1. Kominato Railway / Isumi Railway | Chiba

|The Nanohana Train of Boso Peninsula that runs through a field of rape blossoms

The Kominato Railway and the Isumi Railway are local railways of Chiba. By ridiing the Kominato Railway from Goi Station and changing trains to the Isumi Railway at Kazusanakano Station to Ohara Station, you can cross through the Boso Peninsula.
On this popular line, many people come to view the scenery of the small train that runs through a field of rape blossoms. The Nanohana are in full bloom from mid-March to mid-April. There are also cherry blossoms along the railway that bloom from late March to early April, so it is highly recommended to go during this time.
A cute train that runs through a field of the yellow Nanohana and pink cherry blossoms. The scenery of Spring that will stir the heart of a traveler is no doubt "instagrammable".。
If you are going to use the two railways, it is recommended to buy the special Kominato Crossing commemoration ticket.
If you do not go back, you can get off the train as many times as you want if it is between Goi Station and Ohara Station.

|First, the great spots of the Kominato Railway

The Kominato Railway runs from Goi Station to Kazusa Nakano Station. The Nanohana flowers that spread out over garden of Ishigami, located between Youroukeikoku Station and Kazusaookubo Station, is a must-see spot.
If you ride the "Satoyama Truck Train" that begins running from mid-May, you will be able to experience the luxury of the season while viewing the Nanohana garden from the train's window.
There is a skylight set up in each car, so that you can fully enjoy the scenery of the Yourou River and the forest of Japanese chestnut and oak trees,, while relaxing under the warm sunlight.
There are also many more fascinating places in this area, such as the bookstore in the retro station building of Tsukizaki Station and the vivid red bridge called the "Daiichishiba-no-Shitakyoryo" built over the peaceful countryside. These are two of the 22 buildings that were built during the end of the Taisho period and the beginning of the Showa period.
While many stations are becoming modernized, the Kominato Railway was registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan in 2017 because of the rare sight of wooden station buildings clustered in one region.
This region is one where you can enjoy both the smell of Spring and the traditional history of Japan at once.
【Peak】Nanohana: mid-March to mid-April, Cherry Blossoms: late March to early April

|Next, the great spots of the Isumi Railway

The Isumi Railway runs between Kazusanakano Station and Ohara Station. Nanohana flowers bloom along about 15km of the 26.8km that the train runs on.
When this railway was at the crisis of shutting down, the "Moomin Train" was created to save it.
From an idea that the peaceful scenery along the railway looks like Moominvalley, the yellow Nanohana colored Moomin Train was created. The cute design of the train became popular, and it has now become a popular tourist attraction.
The charms of the train include not only the pictures of Moomin and friends drawn on both the outside and inside of the train, but also the statues of Moomin and his friends that will greet you in many different places along the railway and at each station.
If you want to enjoy cherry blossoms as well as the Nanohana, I recommend that you go to the area around Sogen Station.
Also at Kuniyoshi Station, you will find Japan's very first Moomin shop, "Valley Winds", where you can buy Isumi Railway original Moomin goods that you can only buy there.
【Peak】Nanohana: mid-March to mid-April, Cherry Blossoms: late March to early April

2. Cape Irago | Aichi

|A cape colored in yellow by the road of Nanohana

Cape Irago of the Atsumi Peninsula that overlook the Mikawa Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The Cape Irago Lighthouse, located at the tip of the cape, was selected as one of Japan's Top 50 lighthouses. Around the area, there are also many scenic areas like "Koijigahama" that became the model of Shimazaki Toson's poem, "Yashi no Mi", and the "Pacific Long Beach" famous for its palm trees.
This area was also chosen to be on the list of "Scenic Byway Japan", as a famous spot for viewing Nanohana.
In the city of Tahara, about 12 million Nanohana flowers were planted over a vast area of about 25ha, with the National Routes 42 and 259 at its center. From mid-January to late March, the Nanohana bloom all over the city.
In Tahara, the "Nanohana Festival" is held from mid-January to March every year, with the "Nanohana Garden", located about 10 minutes by car from Cape Irago", as its main venue.
At the "Nanohana Garden", you can do many activities, such as viewing the scenery of the Nanohana that spreads along the Pacific Ocean, eating rare foods like Nanohana croquettes and gelato, taking commemorative photos, and even going Nanohana picking.
Also from mid-February to mid-March, the Kawazu cherry tree planted in the middle of the Nanohana garden is in full bloom, and you can enjoy the yellow Nanohana together with pink cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Mid-February to mid-March
【Nanohana Festival】http://www.taharakankou.gr.jp/nanohana/

3. Nagai Uminote Park Soleil Hill | Kanagawa


|The collaboration of Nanohana and Mt. Fuji

The "Nagai Uminote Park Soleil Hill" is a park in the Yokosuka Municipal Park where you can interact with nature and animals.
Loacted on top of a slightly elevated hill west of the Mirua peninsula, this magnificent spot is a place that was recognized as number 75 of the top 100 views of Mt. Fuji in Kanto.
Near the entrance gate of the park, there is a flower garden of about 100,000 Nanohana that spread over an area of about 5,000 square meters. The Nanohana bloom from late December to early April.
The collaboration of the yellow carpet of Nanohana and Mt. Fuji that shines under the sun of the clear sky is absolutely breathtaking.
How about enjoying the view of the Nanohana garden, Mt. Fuji, and the Sagami Bay while riding on a small choo-choo train around the park, or riding the Ferris wheel.
There are many attractions in the park that you can enjoy the day with family or friends, such as large play equipment, a petting zoo, a fishing pond, and pony riding.
If you are looking for some place to rest after playing all day, I recommend that you go to the outdoor bath, "Umi to Yuhi no Yu". At this bath, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji and the sunset at Sagami Bay.
【Peak】 Late December to February
【Address】4-chome, Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
【Visiting Hours】9:00~18:00 (March~November) 9:30~17:00 (December~February)
※Could change depending on the season
【Closed】Open all year round
【Access】About 15 minutes by bus from Keikyu Misakiguchi Station
These are the best spots for viewing Nanohana this Spring.
The highlight of this area is not only the Nanohana, but also the local train, cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji, and the collaboration between the blue sky and ocean.
Be sure to visit one of these Nanohana spots to find your favorite scenery of Spring.

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