Usually, Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan is packed with tourists at this time of the year. However, the pandemic has shuffled the cards and the park has been closed to the public since April 4. And while many people associate Japan with beautiful blossoms of sakura, a two-hour drive north of Tokyo unveils a fairytale-like sight of a sea of millions of baby blue flowers.
Come autumn, the blue sea of flowers turns into scarlet red, as the area is covered in Kochia plants that turn from green to red. In addition to this, the nemophila flowers are not the only ones to be admired in the Hitachi Seaside Park. Making up an area of 469 acres, the park allows visitors to marvel at daffodils in the Narcissus Garden, tulips in the Tamago Flower Garden, and others. Check the park’s website to see which of the beautiful flowers are blooming there at the moment. Or better yet―take a virtual tour there!
The spring bloom at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Japan, has unveiled a magical sight of millions tiny, sky-blue flowers. The nemophila, which are also sometimes called “baby-blue eyes”, bloom between April and early May, and usually at this time the park is packed with visitors. However, as the park has been closed since April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tourists will have to wait another year to see the beautiful sea of blue flowers in person.
Over 5 million flowers, also known as baby-blue eyes, has turned the landscape into a magical sight
The sky-blue blooms take up an area of around 8.6 acres
The 5.3 million flowers take up an area of around 8.6 acres. The azure blooms grow to be less than an inch in diameter and are about seven to eight inches tall. The flowers have five petals which are bell or cup-shaped. They can come in different colors as well, such as purple or white. Interestingly enough, the nemophila is actually native to North America and not Japan.
Usually, the park is packed with tourists taking photos in the fields
However, as the park has been closed since April 4, the empty fields have unveiled a serene landscape
The Hitachi Seaside Park has an unexpectedly interesting history as well. Apparently, the area was a military airport, while after World War II, it was turned into a firing and bombing range for the US Air Force. The locals fought successfully for the land to be returned to the Japanese government.
While visiting the park at the time is not possible, its website offers people a virtual tour.
As nemophila usually bloom from mid-April to mid-May, visitors will have to wait until next year to see them in person.
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Image credits: Hitachi Seaside Park
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