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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Hiroshima
Population
2,878,949

Bihoku Hillside Park

For the best views of seasonal flowers and winter illuminations in Hiroshima.

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Bihoku Hillside Park was the 11th national park designated in Japan and the first in the Chugoku region. Head to the vast area for greenery, seasonal flowers, illuminations and more.

The Park

Bihoku Hillside Park

Photo by: PIXTA/ TOMI An extensive green space that makes for a great day trip option.

Covering over 340 hectares, Bihoku Hillside Park is an extensive green space that makes for a great day trip option. In Oshibafu Hiroba, you’ll be able to enjoy an 80,000-meter square lawn that features plenty of activities for visitors of all ages, particularly for kids. The area sports a grassy slope for sliding as well as an athletic course for little ones to challenge themselves. Head over to Hiba no Sato for educational experiences, including courses on how to make soba noodles, pottery and crafts using straw. This area has also preserved several elements of the region’s agricultural history and visitors can explore several halls and farmhouses.

If you’re hoping to spend the night, Bihoku Hillside Park has accommodations for campers at Bihoku Auto Village which offers cottages for those looking to sleep indoors and areas for campers based out of their cars. The park also provides several additional services to make your stay more comfortable, such as rental bicycles and electric scooters to get around.

Seasonal Events

Bihoku Hillside Park

Photo by: PIXTA/ きゅーまる You’ll be treated to one of the park’s incredible seasonal delights.

Depending on the time of year you make your visit, you’ll be treated to one of the park’s incredible seasonal delights. From early April to early May, the Spring Festival welcomes upwards of two million blooming flowers throughout the park. Check out the seas of tulips, nemophilas, daffodils and poppies that will cover the grounds. Those heading to the park from early July to late August will be treated to over 30,000 sunflowers, many of which have been arranged into a maze for visitors to explore. From late September to the middle of October, cosmos fill the fields and Shinto music fills the air. During the winter months and especially from mid-January to mid-February, winter peonies in about 30 varieties will be on display.

Winter Illumination

Bihoku Hillside Park

Photo by: PIXTA/ TOMI A park highlight.

One of the highlights of the year at Bihoku Hillside Park is the winter illumination which takes place from late November to early January. In addition to thousands of multicolored lights brightening up the night and the park, fireworks soaring overhead provide an extra treat for visitors on Saturday nights.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Park hours vary per season. From Mar. 1 – Jun. 30 (spring), the park is open from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. From Jul. 1 – Aug. 31 (summer) the park is open from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. From Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 (autumn) the park is open from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. From Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 (winter) the park is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To enter, it’s ¥450 for ages fifteen years old and up and ¥210 for senior citizens. Junior high school students and children enter for free.

How To Get There

Address

By car

From the Chugoku Expressway, take the Shobara IC to the park

Where To Stay

Sakura no Sato La Foret Shobara
  • 5281-1 Shinjocho, Shobara-shi, Hiroshima, 727-0004 Japan
  • ¥8,300 - ¥19,600
  • 4.32/5 (136 reviews)
  • 3.4 km

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