Hitachi Seaside Park. Japan
National Hitachi Seaside Park is located in the city of Hitachinaka (Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan). The park was founded in 1991 on the territory of the former US military base. Currently it occupies 120 hectares. Moreover, the park plans to expand up to 350 hectares.
The word “Hitachi” can be literally translated from Japanese as “dawn”. Having been here you will understand that this word very clearly conveys the atmosphere of the park. Here you will find a zoo, amusement park with various attractions, swimming pool and much more. It is an excellent place for the rest of families with children. But nevertheless, exactly flowers are the foundation of the park, its distinctive feature and its highlight.
Sometimes Hitachi Park is called as park of seasons. The fact is that here you can learn about the time of year due to the color of the surrounding terrain. Truly unique flora prevails here! Special flower festivals are held here on a regular basis. An amazing diversity of flowers is grown on the territory of the park – entire fields of tulips, poppies, daffodils, lilies, cherries (not less than thousand trees) and other kinds. It is famous for baby blue eyes flowers (Nemophila) in spring and Kochia balls in autumn. Most of the different types blossom almost uninterruptedly, gradually changing each other. “Nemophila Harmony” is one of the most breathtaking festivals, and is held once a year. This is a time when 4.5 million flowers of Nemophila bloom on the hills in early May. These plantations are located on the slope of Miharashi, which opens spectacular views of the Pacific coast.
The annual festival dedicated to the cherry blossom is also an incredible sight! The branches of each tree are decorated with paper lanterns, and it gives a special reverent solemnity to the beautiful cherry dresses. In early spring when snow melts and the first greenery begin to break through out of the ground, the park is covered with snowdrops. Everything becomes white. Later, snowdrops are replaced by wonderful daffodils, and we see the endless yellow and white carpets of these beautiful flowers.
In July, the fields of the park are teeming with fluffy bushes of Kochia. With the advent of autumn, in September, these amusing balls gradually change their color from green to red. The later fall, the more saturated the color of Kochia becomes. So, year after year, one flower season replaces another.
Those who prefer a more secluded rest will also find their place in this park. There are forests, gardens and miles of walking and cycling paths.