Back in February, we were mesmerized by the early arrival of Japan’s famed cherry blossoms. Now, nearly 3 months later, the pretty pink flowers have come and gone in most regions. Fortunately for us, however, the previously pink Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is now blanketed in blue thanks to a recent bloom of nemophila flowers.
Aptly nicknamed “baby blue eyes,” the tiny flowering plants blossom toward the end of spring. Though they’re found throughout Japan (and even in California), the flowers are particularly famous for their arrival in Hitachi Seaside Park. Every year, over 4 million nemophila cover the park’s Miharashi Hill, culminating in a dazzling display of rolling—and seemingly infinite—color. As the highest point on the grounds, Miharashi Hill also offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, which, in addition to nemophila, is teeming with Technicolor tulips and yellow rapeseed blossoms this time of year.
Given the pastoral beauty of the region, catching a glimpse of the picture-perfect phenomenon may seem out of reach. However, the stunning gardens are only a short train and bus ride away from Tokyo’s bustling center. So, if you’re in the area this spring, be sure to scope out the park’s brilliant blue scenery. Can you imagine a more delightful day trip?