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Flowers in Japan

Flowers are wildly popular in Japan. The plants mimic the season and signify the change in the year. Flower viewing, also known as hanami in Japanese, has been a past time activity since as early as the Nara Period. Even though it has become synonymous with cherry blossoms it is not limited to it. Cherry blossoms are the most popular in Japan, but there are still many more that are worth seeing. Back then plum blossoms were the choice flower to view when it was season, but later changed. Pink Moss known as shibazakura in Japanese has been referred to as ground cherry blossoms and there is a popular festival that happens near the Fuji Five Lakes that features them. Wisterias have made their impact too and one of the best places to see them is at the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture.

In Hokkaido there are two types of flowers that bloom around the same and have large fields dedicated to them. Fields of sunflowers and lavender can be seen in the summer months and is a good escape from the humidity of the mainland. There are many more flower parks with their specialty focus like the Hitachi Seaside Park where you can see thousands of baby blue eyes. Aside from those there are irises, hydrangea, roses, tulips, and many more to see in Japan.

photo of flowers in Japan

Before the Heian Period the plum (Ume) tree was the center for hanami (flower viewing) until it changed to cherry blossoms. The flower usually starts blooming in February and continues until March.

photo of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Kyushu | Fukuoka | Dazaifu

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

A Shinto Shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane who was associated to Tenjin, the god of education

photo of Kairakuen Garden

Kanto | Ibaraki | Mito

Kairakuen Garden

Kairakuen garden is one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.

photo of Atami Plum Garden Festival

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Atami Plum Garden Festival

The Atami Plum Garden Festival is annually held from mid- January to early March with thousands of visitors attending the festivities.

photo of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Kanto | Tokyo | Central Tokyo

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the best and oldest Japanese gardens in Tokyo.

photo of Hitsujiyama Park

Kanto | Saitama | Chichibu

Hitsujiyama Park

Hitsujiyama Park has a field of about 400,000 shibazakura (moss phlox) on their grounds.

photo of Takinoue Koen Park Shibazakura Festival

Hokkaido | Takinoue

Takinoue Koen Park Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura is not a rare flower in Hokkaido. There are some places which are only famous for this beautiful flower and one of them is the Takinoue Park.

photo of Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri

Chubu | Yamanashi | Mt Fuji

Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri

Fuji Shibazakura Festival is a 1 ½ month long celebration that usually starts mid-April to the end of May.

photo of Higashimokoto Moss Pink Park

Hokkaido | Abashiri

Higashimokoto Moss Pink Park

Higashimokoto Moss Pink Park is located south of Abashiri City and is a mountain slope that is covered in moss pink from early May to early June.

photo of Baby Blue Eyes Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

Kanto | Ibaraki | Hitachinaka

Baby Blue Eyes Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park is known for the 4.5 million baby blue eye flowers that bloom in the spring.

photo of Kawachi Fujien (Wisteria Garden)

Kyushu | Fukuoka | Kitakyushu

Kawachi Fujien (Wisteria Garden)

A private garden located in central Kitakyushu famous for wisteria flowers.

photo of Ashikaga Flower Park

Kanto | Tochigi | Ashikaga

Ashikaga Flower Park

Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the best places to see wisteria, which are called fuji in Japanese.

photo of Hydrangea (Ajisai) in Hakone

Kanto | Kanagawa | Hakone

Hydrangea (Ajisai) in Hakone

Hakone has hot springs, beautiful nature, Lake Ashi, and amazing views of Mount Fuji in the distance.

Lavender has been cultivated in Hokkaido for over half a century. It usually blooms from mid-July to mid-August. The best place to see the field of lavender is in Furano at Farm Tomita where it covers 14 hectares.

photo of Lavender in Furano

Hokkaido | Furano

Lavender in Furano

Expansive Lavender fields in Furano are a popular sight for tourists visiting the city.

photo of Lavender in Biei

Hokkaido | Biei

Lavender in Biei

One of the best places to see fields full of Lavender and other flowers.