From spring to summer, Japan will become covered in magnificent fields of vivid flowers. Some of these flower fields are absolutely massive, stretching across the horizon and forming jaw-dropping, otherworldly views complete with nourishing aromas.
From late April to early May, you can see many of these flower fields at their peak beauty! Here we’re going to introduce 5 flower fields in the Kansai region that will be blooming in late spring, along with how to reach each one.
*Due to the current situation, event dates and details may change. In addition to checking each venue’s homepage prior to leaving, we ask that visitors try to avoid crowds and practice thorough Covid-19 countermeasures.
*Top photo: PIXTA
- Table of Contents
- 1. Awaji Hanasajiki - Colorful Poppies as Far as the Eye Can See! (Hyogo)
- 2. Osaka Maishima Seaside Park - A Sea of Platinum Blue Flowers! (Osaka)
- 3. Shiga Blumen Hugel Farm - A Enchanting Park of Roses and Pansies (Shiga)
- 4. Hana no Juutan - Over 100 Million Moss Phlox Flowers! (Hyogo)
- 5. Sandai Shrine - Waterfalls of Purple Wisteria (Shiga)
1. Awaji Hanasajiki - Colorful Poppies as Far as the Eye Can See! (Hyogo)
The Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki is located in the hilly lowland northern region of Awajishima Island, off the coast of Kobe. The 15 hectares of spacious parkland brims with blooming flowers throughout the year, with early May presenting a type of poppy known in Japan as ‘hinageshi.’
To celebrate these wonderful views, a Poppy Festival is held between the viewing period of April 29 to May 9, allowing visitors to explore a vast field filled with vivid white, yellow, orange, pink, and red poppies. Witnessing the over 66,000 poppies swaying in the sea breeze is a truly unforgettable sight!
(*The park will be temporarily closed from April 25 to May 11, 2021.)
Cafe Information: Galleri
Galleri, which means ‘viewing box’ in Danish, serves the traditional Danish ‘smorrebrod’ open-sandwich, organic tea from Mighty Leaf, and more. There is also an outside balcony with 46 seats, allowing diners to relish views of the flower fields while enjoying drinks and food.
・Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm (L.O. 4:30pm)
Store and facilities are sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned/ Disinfectant spray is provided/ Facilities are sanitized after each customer/ Store is regularly ventilated/ Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize, gargle, and check temperatures/ Capacity and seating arrangements have been altered/ Customers appearing unwell will be refused entry/ Customers are required to wear masks/ Customers are required to wear masks
- Address 2805-7 Kusumoto, Awaji-shi, Hyogo 656-2301
- From Kobe: Roughly 12 minutes (approx. 7km) from the Awaji Interchange on Prefectural Highway 157
- From the south: Roughly 10 minutes from the Higashiura Interchange (approx. 4km)
Paid parking: 200 yen (passenger car)
From JR Maikokoen Station, take the express bus to the Higashiura Bus Terminal and then take a taxi (approx. 5km)
Ride the high-speed ferry from Akashiko Port to Iwaya Port, then take a taxi (approx. 9km)
- Phone Number 0799-74-6426
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Last entry: 4:30pm)
Closed: New Years
2. Osaka Maishima Seaside Park - A Sea of Platinum Blue Flowers! (Osaka)
Set against the scenery of Osaka Bay, this 4.4-hectare park bursts with a collection of over 1 million bunches of nemophila ‘baby blue eyes’ flowers - the largest collection in Kansai.
These flowers are around 20cm tall, splitting off into several thin stems of dazzling platinum blue flowers. Every year, a festival is held with a special space set up with kids' activities to celebrate.
(*As of April 26, 2021, the park is temporarily closed.)
Osaka Maishima Seaside Park Nemophila Festival 2021
・Open: 9 April, 2021 - 5 May, 2021 (*Canceled for 2021)
- Weekdays: 9:00am - 5:00pm (last entry: 4:30pm)
- Weekends, public holidays (4/29 - 5/4): 9:00am - 6:30pm (last entry 6:00pm)
*May 5 will open between 9:00am - 5:00pm (last entry: 4:30pm)
Cafe Information: Cafe Maido (Maishima Pottery Museum)
Being a part of the Maishima Pottery Museum, this relaxing, stylish cafe is tastefully decorated with beautiful hand-crafted pottery. Serving pancakes, pasta, and pilaf along with a variety of drinks, it’s a great space to unwind and recharge. There is also an outside balcony with 46 seats for days with pleasant weather.
- Weekdays: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Weekends: 10:00am - 5:00pm
・Closed: Mondays, Fridays (open if public holiday, open every day during the Nemophila Festival)
Store and facilities are sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned/ Disinfectant spray is provided/ Partition boards are set up/ Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize, gargle, and check temperatures/ Customers appearing unwell will be refused entry/ Customers are required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks/ All park staff have undergone antigen tests (tests are held every 2 weeks)
Osaka Maishima Seaside Park大阪まいしまシーサイドパーク
- Address 2-1 Hokkoryokuchi, Konohana-ku, Osaka, 554-0042
5 minutes from the Wangan-Maishima Interchange via the Hanshin Expressway No.5 Wangan Route. Paid parking (700 yen, 1,800 spots)
*For GPS information, search for the Maishima Pottery Museum (06-6463-7282)
- From Nishikujo Station, board the JR Yumesaki Line and get off at Sakurajima Station. Ride the Maishima Active Bus (Hokko Sightseeing Bus) for 15 minutes until the Hotel Lodge Maishima-Mae bus stop.
- Alternatively, get off at Cosmosquare Station on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line and board the Cosmo Dream Line Bus (Hokko Sightseeing Bus) for 20 minutes and disembark at the Hotel Lodge Maishima-Mae bus stop.
- Phone Number 06-4804-5828
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Adults (Junior-high school and over): 1,000 yen
- Children (4 years - elementary school): 500 yen
3. Shiga Blumen Hugel Farm - A Enchanting Park of Roses and Pansies (Shiga)
Designed upon the architecture of a quaint German town, the charming Shiga Blumen Hugel Farm boasts a stunning assortment of flowers throughout the year. With an athletic park, petting zoo, and more, each area of the park offers visitors a different way to enjoy the outdoors.
One of the biggest highlights is the ‘Flower Area,’ which presents an assortment of roses, pansies, nemophila, and violets. During Golden Week, the atmosphere is given an extra kick of energy with live performances and more!
The 2021 Live Performance Schedule
① 11:00am~ ② 2:00pm~ Hino Boys and Girls Choir
① 12:00pm~ ② 3:00pm~ Chuu-jokki from the Bakushu Orchestra
① 10:30am~ ② 1:00pm~ Nana&Sachi
① 11:20am~ ② 1:50pm~ Nishimura Rie
① 12:00pm~ ② 2:40pm~ Sharnovsuke Florian
① 11:00am~ ② 1:30pm~ YUYA OSUGA
① 11:50am~ ② 2:20pm~ Shikisai Quartet
① 11:00am~ ② 2:00pm~ Baika Middle and High School Cheerleading
*Cancellations may occur
Fast Food: Machi Cafe
A stylish cafeteria-based fast food outlet. With popular classics like pizza and soft-serve ice cream available for takeout, you can bring your food out onto the terrace or set up a picnic in the park.
・Hours: Same as Hill of Blume
・Closed: Same as Hill of Blume
Store and facilities are sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned/ Disinfectant spray is provided/ Facilities are sanitized after each customer/ Stores are ventilated/ Partition boards are set up/ Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize, gargle, and check temperatures/ Capacity and seating arrangements have been altered/ A reservation system is in place/ Customers appearing unwell will be refused entry/ Customers are required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks
Shiga Blumen Hugel Farm滋賀農業公園ブルーメの丘
- Address 843 Nishioji, Hino-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga 529-1628
20 minutes from the Gamo Smart Interchange on the Meishin Expressway. Parking is free (2,000 spots)
Take the Omi Bus (heading for Kitabataguchi) from the south exit of JR Omihachiman Station. After a 50-minute ride, disembark at Habanocho and walk for 10 minutes
- Phone Number 0748-52-2611
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Weekends, public holidays from 9:30am)
- Adults (Junior-high and over) 1,000 yen
- Children (4 years - elementary school): 600 yen、
- Preschoolers (3 and under): Free
Closed: Wednesdays (open if public holiday, the following Thursday will be closed instead)
4. Hana no Juutan - Over 100 Million Moss Phlox Flowers! (Hyogo)
Celebrated for its lawn-like field of gorgeous moss phlox flowers, the Shibazakura Park: Hana no Juutan is the pride and joy of Sanda City in Hyogo Prefecture. During early May, the park’s numerous sloping hills turn completely pink, enveloping visitors in a nourishing fragrance making for pleasant walks and endless photo opportunities. Visitors are also allowed to bring dogs on a leash and are free to pack food for a picnic.
Generally, the peak period to enjoy this phenomenon is between mid-April to early May. Opening times may change due to spikes in COVID-19 cases, so please inquire before visiting.
Store and facilities are sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned/ Disinfectant spray is provided/ Partition boards are set up at reception/ Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize, gargle, and check temperatures/ Customers appearing unwell will be refused entry/ Customers are required to wear masks
Shibazakura Park: Hana no Juutan芝桜園 花のじゅうたん
- Address 170 Eitakuji, Sanda-shi, Hyogo 669-1502
25km from the Nishinomiya-Kita Interchange or the Kobe-Sanda Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. 13km from the Tannan-Sasayamaguchi Interchange or 22km from the Sanda-Nishi Interchange on the Maizuru Wakasa Expressway.
Take the bus heading towards Moshi/Ochibara Valley from Sanda Station. After a 40-minute ride, get off at Eitakuji and walk 1 minute.
- Phone Number 079-566-0446
Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm
- Adults 600 yen
- Children (Elementary school): 300 yen
Closed: None during opening season (mid-April - early May)
5. Sandai Shrine - Waterfalls of Purple Wisteria (Shiga)
Located within Kusatsu City in Shiga, the Sandai Shrine boasts a 400-year-old ‘noda-fuji’ wisteria tree with huge, sweeping branches. Nicknamed the ‘sand-sweeper’ due to its branches touching the ground, crowds of spectators flock to witness its light-purple flowers bloom between late April to early May.
While previous years saw the holding of the Golden Week Wisteria Festival, it will be canceled in 2021.
Store and facilities are sanitized/ Disinfectant spray is provided/ Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize, gargle, and check temperatures/ Customers appearing unwell will be refused entry/ Customers are required to wear masks
- Address 309 Shinacho, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga 525-0005
A roughly 25-minute drive from the Kusatsu-Tanakami Interchange on the Shin-Meishin Expressway. Also a 25-minute drive from the Meishin Ritto Interchange or Seta-nishi Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
Get off at Kusatsu Station on the JR Biwako Line and take a 10-minute bus ride to Kitaogaya and walk an additional 5 minutes
TEL: 077-566-3219 (Kusatsu City Tourist Association 9:00am - 5:15pm Weekdays)
Open: Visitors are free to enter the grounds as they wish
Admission: Visiting the grounds is free, however, there is a 200 yen donation during the wisteria season of late April to early May.
As all of these flower fields and attractions are in the suburbs and countryside Japan, access can be a bit tricky! However, if you have the means and time, you’ll be glad you made the effort!
Best of all, the large, open spaces allow an escape from city life, and the stunning assortment of flowers will enthrall nature-lovers and gardening-enthusiasts alike.
Please make sure to take proper virus countermeasures before visiting (mask, hand sanitizer, temperature checks), and have a safe and fun spring!
*All prices are including tax
*Flower blooming periods and event schedules and details are subject to change
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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