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Kanto
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Honshu
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Mito
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Hitachi Seaside Park

Ibaraki’s horticultural highlight.

Hitachi Seaside Park is Ibaraki’s poster attraction, featuring on pretty much every promotional pamphlet to do with the prefecture…and it’s not hard to see why.

The sprawling public park overflows with blooming seasonal flowers through the year that draw crowds from all over Kanto. The park also contains an amusement park, cycling paths and BMX courses, as well as hosting one of the four largest rock music festivals in Japan.

From late April to early May, Mitarashi Hill is covered in 4.5 million nemophila flowers, transforming the hill into a sea of blue.

From late April to early May, Miharashi Hill is covered in 4.5 million nemophila flowers, transforming the hill into a sea of blue.

Miharashi Hill is the famous slope on the seaside and the most photographed area of Hitachi Seaside Park. Hundreds of camera-toting visitors come for the baby blue nemophila blooms in the spring, returning again in the fall for the summer cypress kochia balls. For in-between, there’s gardens filled with tulips and cosmos, lily and lavender, zinnia flowers and rapeseed to stroll among.

Autumn in Hitachi seaside park Ibaraki

In October, the hill is awash in red with kochia flowers.

At over 150 hectares, the park can be quite large to cover on foot. Grab a bike for a gentle ride around. Bicycles can be rented for three hours at a time at three park locations for 400 yen. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own bicycles in for no charge.

For those who want to exert the minimum effort possible, the Seaside Train is a relaxing way to get around and covers the park in about 35 minutes. With stops at 10 different locations, visitors can hop on and off at their own pace.

Seaside Park Train at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki

Go on, be lazy. Photo by Zhao !.

The amusement park has retro rides for both children and adults. Kids can run around while the adults handle lunch at the BBQ Plaza – groups can reserve spots and grill as they will. A variety of restaurants and cafes serve regional foods and seasonal sweets, decorated with the current flowers in bloom.

If you’re a fan of J-Rock or J-Pop, head to the Rock in Japan festival held at the park over three days in August. It’s one of the biggest music festivals in the country and a great chance to rock out in a field of flowers – Woodstock eat your heart out.

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Things To Know

Opening hours

In spring and summer, the park is open from 9:30 to 17:30. From November to February, the hours shorten to 9:30 to 14:30.

Tickets

Adults ¥410 and children ¥210. Annual passes can also be bought at the ticket counter for guests who wish to enjoy the beauty of Hitachi Seaside Park throughout the year.

How To Get There

Address

Mawatari, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture 312-0012, Japan

By train

From Tokyo take the Joban Line from Tokyo station to Katsuta station and change for the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway for Ajigaura station (approx. 1 1/2 hours). It’s about a 20-minute walk from there to the Park’s south entrance. During peak seasons, a shuttle bus runs directly from Katsuta station to the park.

By bus

Highway buses leave from Tokyo Station bound for Hitachi Seaside Park during spring and fall blooming season. The journey takes around 2 1/2 hours.

 

Where To Stay

Hotel Crystal Palace
  • Odaira 1-22-1 Hitachinaka-Shi, Ibaraki 312-0023
  • 7.6/10
  • 3.1 km
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Hotel Crown Hills Katsuta Nigo Motomachiten
  • Kyoeicho 4-1 Hitachinaka-Shi, Ibaraki 312-0043
  • 7.5/10
  • 3.9 km
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Hotel Crown Hills Katsuta Omotechoten
  • Omotecho 11-6 Hitachinaka-Shi, Ibaraki 312-0047
  • 6.8/10
  • 3.9 km
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New Central Hotel Katsuta
  • Omotecho 20-3 Hitachinaka-Shi, Ibaraki 312-0047
  • 7.1/10
  • 4.0 km
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