I was so ready for Hitachi Seaside Park. But it looked like Hitachi Seaside Park was not ready for me.

I’m not really a flower kinda guy. Heck, the only flowers I could correctly identify are roses, tulips, and sunflowers. And sampaguita. (I can totally identify sampaguita!) But it was the middle of spring. Flowers in spring. Cliche, I know. Forgive me, but as someone who was enjoying the season for the very first time in my life, I won’t go back to tropical reality without a taste of floral bliss. From Tokyo, I traveled 90 minutes northeast to Hitachi Seaside Park. (Ninety minutes, I know, but I swear I’m not a flower kinda guy! LOL.)

A sea of bouquets!
A sea of bouquets!

The 190-hectare Hitachi Seaside Park is carpeted with flowering plants, taking turns in painting colors to the otherwise boringly virid landscape: nemophila, rose, and zinnia in summer; cosmos and kochia in autumn; narcissuses, tulips, and azaleas in spring. It was spring alright, but the past winter was having separation anxiety. It seemed like the blossoms were afraid of the leftover cold and waiting for the sunshines of May. That and my timing was just a little off. Most of these flowers bloom in late-April. I was there a couple of weeks too early.

Fortunately, while tulips were a no-show, daffodils and other narcissuses were there to brighten up my gloomy, rainy day. The opening of this part of the park, the Suisen Garden, marks the beginning of spring. Over one million narcissuses of about 600 species fill the gaps between pinewoods that filter the rays of the sun.

The Suisen Garden is one of the must-visit areas at the park during early spring.
The Suisen Garden is one of the must-visit areas at the park during early spring.
The Suisen Fantasy Garden boasts daffodils and other narcissuses.
The Suisen Fantasy Garden boasts daffodils and other narcissuses.
Daffodils are the stars of early spring here at Hitachi Seaside Park. Until the baby blue eyes blossom.
Daffodils are the stars of early spring here at Hitachi Seaside Park. Until the baby blue eyes blossom.
Despite the gloomy weather, a walk around the park can brighten up one's day!
Despite the gloomy weather, a walk around the park can brighten up one’s day!

Had I visited in mid-April, just when the final days of the narcissuses near, the tulips would have been up. There are over 270,000 stocks of 170 varieties of tulips in Tamago no Mori Flower Garden, just south of the Suisen Garden. Before the month ends, the nemophila (baby blue eyes) takes over, 4.5 million of them flooding the 3.5-hectare Miharashi Hills with an ocean of light blue petals, complimenting the Pacific blues next to it. When autumn comes, late September to mid-October, Miharashi Hills transforms into fiery balls of crimson kochia (rusty molly) flowers.

In late April to mid-May, the hills of Mirahashi will be blanketed with nemophila flowers (baby blue eyes). They were just starting to bud during my visit.
In late April to mid-May, the hills of Mirahashi will be blanketed with nemophila flowers (baby blue eyes). They were just starting to bud during my visit.
Dark pink petals, but I believe these are also cherry blossoms.
Dark pink petals, but I believe these are also cherry blossoms.
Aside from the flowers, visitors may enjoy other attractions including the Giant Ferris Wheel and an amusement center.
Aside from the flowers, visitors may enjoy other attractions including the Giant Ferris Wheel and an amusement center.
The Flower Ring has become the park's most recognizable icon.
The Flower Ring, a giant Ferris wheel, has become the park’s most recognizable icon.
Facing the Pacific! The Hitachi Seaside Park lies on the Ibaraki coast, facing the world's biggest ocean.
Facing the Pacific! The Hitachi Seaside Park lies on the Ibaraki coast, facing the world’s biggest ocean.
A family walking their cute akita dog.
A family walking their cute akita dog.

Aside from the gardens, the site also harbors several restaurants, a disk golf area, and a BMX course. But the most dominant structure is the Flower Ring, a giant Ferris Wheel that has become an icon for the park. The height reaches 100 meters, offering an unforgettable view of the vibrant landscape.

How to get to Hitachi Seaside Park: From Tokyo/Ueno, travel by train to Katsuta Station (2270 JPY, 70-80 minutes). Take the Ibarakikotsu Bus to Hitachi Seaside Park (15-20 minutes).

Address: 605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari,
Hitachinaka-city, Ibaraki-prf, 312-0012, Japan

Contact Number: 029 265 9001
Website: www.hitachikaihin.go.jp
Admission Fee: 500 JPY

Operating Days:
Every day within the following periods:
March 26-May 31, July 21-August 31, October 1-31
The rest of the year, the park is closed on Tuesdays.


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Comments

  1. The Chronicles of Mariane says:

    still looks pretty even without the tulips!

  2. Kin says:

    Hi! What date did you exactly visit Hitachi? And what date should you recommend to visit?thank tou so much, always love your blog

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