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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tottori
Population
613,229

Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park

Spend a day away from the city and become immersed in 50 hectares of gardens.

By Laura Payne

Located in a rural municipality near Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture, Hanakairo offers an array of wooded trails, flower fields, greenhouses and covered observation decks to explore. Moreover, the grounds host various events throughout the year, so one can visit and have a unique experience in just about any season.

Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with family, Hanakairo offers something for travelers to enjoy.

An art museum of flowers

Photo by: Laura Payne Beautiful all year round.

Just like a museum that displays special exhibitions, much of the beauty of Hanakairo rotates with the seasons. In March and April, cherry blossoms and tulips are the main attractions. Summer brings hydrangeas and sunflowers, and autumn brings cosmos and changing leaves. During winter, guests can meander through illumination displays after dark.

Each example of seasonal beauty is cultivated in themed gardens such as Flower Hill, a section of Hanakairo that boasts an unobstructed view of Mount Daisen. The main viewpoint on Flower Hill, as the name suggests, consists of flower beds that contain different blooms throughout the year. If one takes a photo from just the right angle on Flower Hill, one can capture an image of Mount Daisen against a foreground of blooming flowers.

Other attractions at Hanakairo display flowers in bloom all year long. The Flower Dome is a greenhouse that raises tropical plants such as orchids, hibiscus and palm trees. East Wing is another indoor exhibit specializing in lilies, filling the room with their fragrance.

Activities and amenities

Photo by: Laura Payne All aboard the Flower Train.

Besides exploring garden paths, the Flower Train is another popular way to see Hanakairo. Departing from Hanakairo’s entrance, this train takes passengers on a loop through the central outdoor flower gardens.

Other available activities include creating pressed flower art (in the Flower Dome), shopping for souvenirs or trying pear soft serve ice cream–a specialty of Tottori Prefecture.

Restaurants and picnic areas are also available for visitors’ meals. Picnic areas are covered and come with tables and benches (there are few trash cans inside the park, so please be prepared to carry trash home with you). Meanwhile, on-site restaurants offer an expansive menu of Japanese foods made from locally-produced ingredients.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through October. Hanakairo is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November through March. Hours may be extended during illumination events.

Admission discounts are available for international visitors. Please present your passport or residence card upon purchase.

Admission ticket prices change depending on the season and typically range from ¥500-¥1,000. Please see the park’s website for details.

Smoking and the use of drones are prohibited inside the park. Pets are also not allowed except for service animals.

Tottori Hanakairo is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Stroller and wheelchair rentals are available near the main entrance.

How To Get There

Address

By train

Take a local or express train to Yonago station. Hanakairo is accessible via a free shuttle bus from there. The timetable for this bus may change depending on the season, so it is advised to double-check the schedule on Hanakairo’s official website.

By car

The Yonago Expressway offers the fastest route by car. Free parking is available on-site.


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