Did you know that Japan has 4 seasons?
Yes, I am trolling you, but most likely a person asking you this question in Japan is not.
Japan prides itself on the celebration and recognition of each season. They celebrate seasons with a lot more dedication than in my home country (where I’m from also has very distinct seasons, but we are too ‘busy’ to seldom care).
Because of this season-ultra-sensitivity, Japanese people are more likely to go out of their way to go and be seasonal. Many times this somehow includes flowers.
And because flowers have become such a big deal in Japan, the parks that are famous for these flowers are absolutely beautiful, and usually well put together. It may be worth it to venture out to one of these places if the season happens to be right.
It’s too annoying to write down how to get to these places (they don’t make it that much easier in Japanese), but if you are dead-set on checking one of these places out, contact me through my contact page and I will try and help you out.
Major Flowers To See
Plum Blossom – Ume
Plum blossoms are a bit of an understated beauty and one of my favorite flowers. They don’t make cotton-candy trees, but they are nice to look at and smell really nice as well.
Misato Bairin, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture (Feb-March)
100,000 plum trees await you
Minabe Bairin , Wakayama Prefecture (Feb-March)
Known as the best plum orchard in all of Japan.
Kairakuen、Ibaraki Prefecture (Website is in English, Chinese, and Korean. Plum blossoms are from Feb-March)
Address and directions are explained in the link above.
Cherry Blossoms – Sakura
Sakura are the ultimate symbol of Japan. They are the result of careful cultivation to ensure that the blossoms are plentiful.
Most of these trees do not bear fruit.
Because of the sakura’s nation-wide popularity, nothing I will make for you guys would measure up to the resources already out there:
The earliest sakura bloom in Dec-Jan in Okinawa, while the latest stay until around May.
The majority of all sakura bloom from March til the beginning of April:
I have been to many hanami spots in Japan, and I can tell you that one is definitely not enough. You have to go to at least 10 before you can call it quits.
Wisteria – Fuji
The 4-panel comic is exactly how I felt the first time I saw wisteria in Japan. I literally could not believe how beautiful it was. I kid you not.
Ashikaga Flower Park Tochigi Prefecture (Site is in English, mid April- mid May)
Breathtaking giant wisteria
Address on site in link above
Tennogawa Park in the Nagoya area
The biggest wisteria in Japan
Refresh Area Miyama no Sato (End of April until May)
The longest row of wisteria in Japan
Japanese Iris – Hanashobu
Kamoshobuen Park in Aichi Prefecture (End of May til mid June)
300 varieties of Japanese iris
Nanrakuen Park, Ehime, Shikoku (End of May until mid June)
This park is the biggest Japanese garden in all of Shikoku!
Hydrangea – Ajisai
Shimoda Park Hydrangea, Shizuoka, On the Izu Peninsula (Hydrangea festival is in June)
Katahara Onsen Ajisai no Sato, Aichi Prefecture (Festival is held the month of June)
50,000 hydrangea plants!
Roses – Bara
Yokohama Rose Park, Kanagawa prefecture
110 varieties of roses only 7 minutes away from the Chinatown Station.
Sosho Park in Nanyo, Yamagata (June-July)
Address : 山形県南陽市宮内４３９６－２
Lavendar – Rabenda
Saika No Sato Sasaki Farm, in Hokkaido ( End of June until the end of September)
Farm Tomita, Hokkaido (Site is in English, Korean and Chinese! I’m assuming high season is June-July)
Address and directions written in English in the link above.