Flowers are symbols of love, beauty, and purity, and have always been adored by people. Even seeing a single flower brings great joy, but just imagine the explosion of feelings an entire flower field causes!
Flowers are very important in Japanese culture, and there are numerous huge flower fields there, both, private farmer-owned and government-owned tourist attractions.
A lot of international, as well as local tourists, love visiting these colorful pieces of heaven and marvel the beauty of flowers.
If you ever go to Japan, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Hitachi Seaside Park. Located near Mito in the Ibaraki Prefecture, just two hours away from Tokyo, and spread over 190 acres, it is rich in various floral attractions.
The place also has an amusement park, walking and cycling trails, and a ferris wheel that stands 100 feet above sea level.
The park is rich in numerous different seasonal flowers, like a million daffodils, ice roses, and 170 varieties of tulips, but in late April and mid-May, it becomes a magical place, during the Nemophila Harmony.
4.5 million Nemophilia flowers, or “baby blue eyes”, cover the 8.6 acre-area of Miharashi hills, creating a floral blue-hue carpet. Anyone visiting the park has been fascinated by the beautiful and delicate flowers enriching the natural scenery of the hills, which are about 58m above sea level.
While opening days of the park change during peak seasons, it is usually open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. except for Mondays.
Yet, the Hitachi Seaside Park is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, so you can watch the video below and plan your trip for next spring!
If you fell in love with the baby blue eyes, (Nemophila Menziesii), you’d be happy to know that they are easy to maintain, and you can grow your own, as Nemophila flowers are actually native to North America.
Nemophila means “woodland-loving”, and stems from the Latin words nemus, which means “grove” or “wooded glade”, and the Greek word philos, which means “loving”.
The hardy, low-spreading shrub with succulent stems grows well in USDA hardiness zones 2-10. It has five bell or cup-shaped petals, with stamens, and one ovary chamber.
You can plant the seeds in early spring, and water them a lot during the first six weeks of germination. When they bloom, reduce the watering, and enjoy the pretty flowers, whose stems cover a large part of the green leaves and stems.
Who wouldn’t be impressed by a fairytale- like field of baby blue eyes?