It’s rare to see a blue flower — let alone a whole field of them. But that’s the main attraction at Hitachi Seaside Park’s annual spring event, Flowering. The nemophila, also known as baby blue eyes or California blue bells, reach their peak sometime between mid-April and early May.
The park website has updates on the blossom progression as well as peak bloom times from previous years to help you plan when to go. While the nemophila steal the show, there are also daffodils (the first to bloom, from late March to mid-April) and tulips (from mid- to late April).
Looking for more spring bloom ideas? We’ve got you covered with our guide to spring flower festivals around Tokyo.
Getting to Hitachi Seaside Park
Unfortunately, getting to Hitachi Seaside Park, in Ibaraki Prefecture, is kind of expensive. First you need to get to Katsuta Station on the Joban Line, which you can do from either Shinagawa or Ueno. There’s a limited express that costs ¥3,890 and takes 1.5 hours (from Shinagawa) or 75 minutes (from Ueno). The regular train departs from Ueno, takes two hours, and costs ¥2,310.
Once at Katsuta Station, you can take a seasonal bus (adult/child ¥400/¥200, about 15 minutes) direct to the park’s West Gate from stop no. 2 at the station’s east exit.
You’d think this might put people off but you’d be wrong. The nemophilla are extremely popular and the park will draw crowds.
Pro tip: There’s an easier way of getting to Hitachi Seaside Park — an organized tour. This day trip visits Hitachi Seaside Park and either Ashikaga Flower Park or Mito Kairakuen and includes travel to and from Tokyo as well as lunch.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.