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One-day Plan to Fully Enjoy the Rose Paradise' Ibaraki Flower Park' and the Accommodation Facility' HANAYASATOYAMA'

One-day Plan to Fully Enjoy the Rose Paradise' Ibaraki Flower Park' and the Accommodation Facility' HANAYASATOYAMA'

Date published: 11 January 2022

Just 90 minutes away from Tokyo by train, Ibaraki Flower Park is a theme park centered around gorgeous flowers and getting in touch with nature. It was renovated in April 2021 with the concept of "Feeling Flower Park".

The adjacent camp and resort, HANAYASATOYAMA, opened in the same period.
It's the perfect destination to enjoy a refreshing day in beautiful flower gardens, with cafes and a variety of activities. And at night, enjoy a barbecue and campfire while stargazing. Let's take a look at the charms of Ibaraki Flower Park, where such wonderful experiences await you!

Renovated in April 2021! Concepts behind the renewed Ibaraki Flower Park

Renovated in April 2021! Concepts behind the renewed Ibaraki Flower Park

Rich in nature and even selected as one of Japan's "Top 100 Villages," Ishioka City in Ibaraki Prefecture retains its quiet countryside appeal. Since opening in 1985, Ibaraki Flower Park has become one of Ishioka City's biggest attractions. It has been loved as a theme park that is visited by many tourists from outside the prefecture too.

In April 2021, it was fully renovated with the concept of "feeling flower park". It has been reborn as a flower park that stimulates the five senses, where you can see, smell, hear, eat, and touch while watching the flowers of the four seasons, centering on the roses, which are the prefectural flowers of Ibaraki Prefecture.

Stimulate your visual sense! To a paradise where 9000 roses of 900 varieties bloom

Stepping inside the park, your senses are immediately engaged. Ibaraki Flower Park has a selection of 900 varieties of roses to view, depending on the season. The enveloping scenes of vividly colored flowers make it a rosy paradise on Earth!

You can see Ibaraki Flower Park's original rose variety, "Yuit Campagne," all over the facility. "Yuit" fortuitously also contains the Japanese word "yui," implying "connection" between the park and surrounding areas. The pink hues of these roses are so vivid as to be titillating. The best time to see the roses at Ibaraki Flower Park is early summer and fall. The park's spring roses bloom between mid-May and June, while fall roses bloom between October and November.

Stimulate your sense of smell! Experience aromatic roses and aromatherapy

Perhaps Ibaraki Flower Park's biggest impression on the senses comes from aroma. There are exhibits involving aromatic flowers and other activities.

At the "Aromatic Roses" exhibit, you can smell five of the 100 available rose varieties. Take a whiff close up, and discover their unique scents. See which one you like the most!

Even the Information Center is filled with the perfume of seasonal flowers. It's no mystery why: they circulate the same aromas found in activities within the facility. There are exhibits with information on roses and other flowers. You'll also find tourism info for the entire Ishioka area.

Stimulate your sense of touch! World's first!? Flower park where you can pick flowers

The characteristic of Ibaraki Flower Park is that you can enter the flowerbeds. In a normal flower park, it is forbidden to touch the flowers and enter the maintained flowerbed, but all those in Ibaraki Flower Park are okay to enjoy directly. You can feel the flowers closer to you by bringing your face closer to check the scent and gently touching the flowers.

In the park, "flower picking experience" activities to make bouquets with flowers in full bloom are held irregularly (acceptance is possible on the day, fee is not included in the entrance ticket).

Enter the flower field and prune your favorite flowers with pruning scissors. "Is it really okay to take them?" you might think at first, but as you pick it up, you'll be absorbed in making "the only bouquet in the world."

You can get a florist's advice to create arrangements of flowers and plants to bring home. These arrangements would make incredible decorations, both temporary and as dried flowers.

Stimulate your sense of taste! Fresh local vegetables galore

Visit the "Rose Farm House" restaurant when you get hungry. The restaurant has glass walls, giving it a spacious feel, and features ingredients picked locally around Ishioka and Ibaraki Prefecture.

Their "TABA" lunch set (1,980 yen, tax incl.) is a salad of local vegetables arranged to resemble a bouquet. The heart flutters to see such a well-plated meal.

To enjoy a more relaxed meal, we recommend the terrace seating. As the restaurant is on elevated terrain, you can see the whole park from here. The colorful cuisine and green surroundings will put you at ease, and make conversation all the more fun.

Stimulate your sense of hearing! The sounds of nature bring relaxation

Ibaraki Flower Park is in an area 30 minutes away from Tsukuba Station or Ishioka Station by car, putting it in the midst of vast nature. The sounds of wind, birdsong, and even the grass under your feet create an Ishioka symphony. The sounds of nature, far away from urban squalor, are sure to ease your stress.

Aroma and postcards: year-round activities to remember your trip by

When you're out on a walk through the gardens, don't forget that the Information Center has more activities to enjoy. One activity available year-round is their "Botanical Mist Creation" activity (550 yen to participate), which uses various rose waters. Pick two aromas from sweet citrus, geranium, or lavender, and formulate your own original aroma mist. They can be used to freshen up a room.

The other is to make botanical postcards (participation fee: 550 yen). Select flowers from the garden and carefully lay them out with tweezers to create an original postcard. You can post the cards with a postage stamp, so you can send a special message to your loved ones from your trip.

Enter countryside nature via "Horse Trekking"

Ibaraki Flower Park has over 100 different activities to experience year-round. One of them is "Horse Trekking" (seasonal). This delightful experience will take you by horseback on a 1km path from Ibaraki Flower Park to the adjacent HANAYASATOYAMA camp and resort.

The path departs the flower park through elegant bamboo groves onto a narrow mountain path. Surrounding yourself with trees and observing sunlight filtered through the foliage is a surefire way to destress, and the sight from shifting horseback makes for incredible memories. The horse ride is about 15 minutes long. A staff member will accompany you, so beginners to horseback riding are more than welcome.

Into the extraordinary: the tranquil HANAYASATOYAMA camp and resort

Into the extraordinary: the tranquil HANAYASATOYAMA camp and resort

HANAYASATOYAMA is a camp and resort located near Ibaraki Flower Park. The resort is on top of a secluded hill, giving the location a quiet quality. As a resort, the facility provides incredible nature activities, aiming to achieve extraordinary experiences.

Their shuttle (200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children) makes regular trips to and from Ibaraki Flower Park, so you won't need to walk between the locations.

Healing in the deep green forests and mountains: A leisurely stroll through HANAYASATOYAMA

Healing in the deep green forests and mountains: A leisurely stroll through HANAYASATOYAMA

The "circle lodge" of HANAYASATOYAMA makes for an impressive sight. You have a great view of the surrounding mountains from the rooftop decks, including Mount Tsukuba.

The area around HANAYASATOYAMA has hiking paths of minimal paving, enhancing your nature walk experience. You'll be able to make countless "small-thing" discoveries you may not have noticed before: what's that blooming flower? What kind of bird do I hear singing?

One thing you'll want to stop by on your walk is the 20-meter-tall Black Kite Tower. This markedly tall observation tower has a great view of the Yasato countryside. Feeling the breeze, you'll feel like a hawk soaring through the sky.

A wide variety of seasonal activities are available to satisfy those who want to be active in nature. You might try your hand at tree climbing many meters up with an instructor, or learn how ancient people started fires with a bow drill. You're guaranteed to find thrills and accomplishments with these activities. They'd make great bonding exercises for families or friends.

Even more activities are planned to begin, like real forest navigation with a compass. Check the website for the latest information.

Lodge or glamping? Real camp experiences even beginners can enjoy

Once you've enjoyed your fill of activities, you'll want to kick back in your guest accommodations until dinner. There are two types of guest rooms available: lodges and glamping tents. Lodges have beds, air conditioning, refrigerators, and sinks: the perfect fit for people looking for pure relaxation. Their terraces are equipped with BBQ grills and dining tables. Rooms with double beds are also available.

For a stay that's closer to nature, try glamping. The cotton-canvas bell tents are cute! The bed is an air mattress, so you can sleep with less strain on your body.

For dinner, the attached terrace comes with a BBQ grill. The resort will supply you with naturally raised chicken, pork, and fresh vegetables. Rinse the rice, put it on the grill yourself, and it's ready to cook! Meal preparation and barbecuing is simple, so even beginner campers will have no trouble figuring it out.

Once the sun sets, the terraces become beautiful space. The warm lights create a relaxing mood. The terrace area is separate from the surroundings, unseen from outside the facility, so you can enjoy a meal outdoors without a care in the world. Guests are asked to bring their own drinks. It would be a perfect opportunity to break out a bottle of wine for a special occasion!

View the stars from your campfire... Night is when HANAYASATOYAMA
really shines

View the stars from your campfire... Night is when HANAYASATOYAMA
really shines

Once the sun begins to set, the Circle Lodge will be lit up. The grass courtyard is illuminated, creating a fantastical atmosphere unlike its appearance in the day.

Around 7:00 p.m., there's a campfire event exclusive for overnight guests. Looking over the peaceful campfire glow, you might take a moment to consider the day's events, or make conversation with other guests. Their big-marshmallow roasting activity (300 yen for two) is also popular.

To round out the day, go stargazing. You can rent hammocks (1200 yen each) to place on terrace rooftops, where you can kick back, sway about, and see a magnificent night sky. You're sure to experience a mysterious sense of oneness with the forest and sky.

Just for overnight guests! See a glorious sunrise contrasted with clouds

Just for overnight guests! See a glorious sunrise contrasted with clouds

If you play all day and go to bed early, we recommend getting up early. If the weather's good, you'll be able to enjoy watching a glorious sunrise over a sea of fluffy clouds! Only overnight guests will be able to watch this incredible scene. Breath the fresh, cool air of morning for a jolt of energy!

Enjoy reconnecting with flowers and nature - Come to Ibaraki Flower Park and HANAYASATOYAMA!

Enjoy reconnecting with flowers and nature - Come to Ibaraki Flower Park and HANAYASATOYAMA!

Feel seasonal flowers with all your senses, enjoy the fruits of the land, and submerge yourself in the quiet forest... Valuable nature experiences, the kind you can only get outside the city, are yours to enjoy at Ibaraki Flower Park and HANAYASATOYAMA. Their convenient location makes them accessible through one train ride from Akihabara Station and a taxi ride from the nearest train station.

  • Ibaraki Flower Park
    いばらきフラワーパーク
    • Address 200 Shimoaoyagi, Ishioka-shi, Ibaraki
    • Access:

      By Car
      From Tokyo:
      -Take the Shuto Expressway to the Misato JCT; drive for 30 minutes on the Joban Expressway. Get off at the Tsuchiura-Kita IC and take a local road for 15 minutes.

      From Narita:
      -Take the Ken-o Expressway to the Taiei JCT for 40 minutes; drive for 8 minutes on the Joban Expressway to the Tsukuba JCT. Get off at the Tsuchiura-kita IC and take a local road for 15 minutes.

      From Mito:
      -Take the Joban Expressway for 10 minutes to the Tomobe JCT. Get off at the Ishioka-Omitama Smart IC and take a local road for 20 minutes.

      From Utsunomiya:
      -Take the Kita Kanto Expressway to the Utsunomiya-Kaminokawa IC for 20 minutes. Get off at the Kasama IC and take a local road for 25 minutes.

      Access by Train:

      Tsukuba Express
      -From Akihabara Station, take the Tsukuba Express to Tsukuba Station (~45 minutes). From there, rent a car and drive (or take a taxi) for 30 minutes to the destination.

      Joban Line, Special Rapid Tokiwa
      -Board the Special Rapid Tokiwa at Shinagawa Station, Tokyo Station, or Ueno Station and ride to Kashiwa Station. Takes 39 minutes, 29 minutes, and 18 minutes respectively. Continue on from Kashiwa Station to Ishioka Station for an additional 35 minutes. Finally, board a bus at the West Exit of the station* and ride for 30 minutes to the destination. Or take a rental car or taxi for 25 minutes to the destination.
      (*Board the Kantetsu Green Bus that departs from platform 1 outside the West Exit of the station. The bus will be headed for Kakiokashako via Flower Park.)

      Hours:
      March to November 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., December to February 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      Closed: Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a holiday, then the park will be closed the next day), December 31, January 1.

      Admission Fee (Normal): Adults – 900 yen, Children under 15 – 300 yen, Pre-schoolers and younger – Free, Pets – 200 yen.
      Admission Fee (Rose Season): Adults – 1200 yen, Children under 15 – 400 yen, Pre-schoolers and younger – Free, Pets – 200 yen.
      *Note: Rose Season is planned to be from Mid-May to Late-June and from October to Mid-November. (Dates may change based on when flowers bloom.)

  • HANAYASATOYAMA
    花やさと山
    • Address 282-1 Shimoaoyagi, Ishioka-shi, Ibaraki
    • Access:

      Access by Car:
      From Tokyo:
      -Take the Shuto Expressway to the Misato JCT and then drive 30 minutes on the Joban Expressway. Get off at the Tsuchiura-Kita IC and take a local road for 15 minutes.

      From Mito:
      -Take the Joban Expressway for 10 minutes to the Tomobe JCT. Get off at the Ishioka-Omitama Smart IC and take a local road for 20 minutes.


      Access by Train:
      Tsukuba Express
      - From Akihabara Station, take the Tsukuba Express to Tsukuba Station (~45 minutes). Rent a car or take a taxi for 30 minutes to the destination.

      Joban Line, Special Rapid Tokiwa
      -Board the Special Rapid Tokiwa at Shinagawa Station, Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, or Kashiwa Station and ride to Ishioka Station. Takes 74 minutes, 64 minutes, 53 minutes, or 35 minutes respectively. Finally, board a bus at the West Exit of the station* and ride for 30 minutes to the destination. Or take a rental car or taxi for 25 minutes to the destination.
      (*Board the Kantetsu Green Bus that departs from platform 1 outside the West Exit of the station. The bus will be headed for Kakiokasyako via Flower Park.)

      Parking:
      A parking lot is available for guests who will be staying overnight. (Located within the Ibaraki Flower Park 1st Parking Lot)

      Check-in: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
      Reservations: Please make a reservation via the official website.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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