Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival & UNESCO Cultural Heritage (Hitachi City)
From early to mid-April, around 14,000 cherry trees fill the city of Hitachi with pink blossoms. The cherry trees on Heiwa Street and in Juo Panorama Park are also lit up at night in a special illumination event.
On the first weekend in April, a spectacular parade of traditional festival floats takes place on Heiwa Street. These 15m high floats are used as stages for puppet show performances and are recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park
From mid-April to early May, nearly 5.3 million nemophila flowers cover a 4.2 hectare area of hillside in Hitachi Seaside Park. All 5.3 million flowers are planted and cared for by hand over the cold winter months!
It’s no surprise that Hitachi Seaside Park was chosen as one of CNN’s 36 most beautiful places in Japan.For more information
Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park
Kochia plants are grown from July to the end of October on a large hill in Hitachi Seaside Park. The kochia are green at first, but the most popular time for viewing them is mid-October, when they turn scarlet red. For a week in August, the green kochia-covered hill is lit up in the evening, creating a colorful dream-like world.For more information
Mito Plum Blossom Festival
Plum blossoms mark the arrival of Spring in Japan. Kairakuen Park is home to around 3000 plum trees of 100 different species which flower from late February to March, filling the park with a delicate floral fragrance. Kairakuen also features various attractions which can be enjoyed throughout the year, such as Kobuntei villa and a lush bamboo forest. Tokiwa Shrine is situated near the main entrance to the park.For more information
Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival
Kasama Inari Shrine／Kasama City
From late October to late November, the Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival is held at Kasama Inari Shrine. The festival has a history of over 110 years, which makes it the oldest chrysanthemum festival in Japan. Nearly 10,000 potted chrysanthemums are displayed throughout the shrine grounds, and, in particular, dolls and decorations skillfully made using chrysanthemums draw lots of visitors. Some traditional events such as yabusame (horseback archery) and Shinto rituals with music are also held during the festival.For more information
From late August to early September nearly nearly one million sunflowers fill these fields at the Chikusei City Sunflower Festival. The backdrop of Mount Tsukuba and sunshine yellow flowers make this perfect place for photos.
Koga Peach Blossom Festival
Koga Park (Koga City)
This blossom festival takes places at the end of March just as the days start to get warmer. The park’s 1500 peach trees burst into life, filling the area with delicated pink and white blossoms.
During the festival, a range of events take place inside the park including hot air balloon rides, rickshaw rides, live music and other open-air performances.For more information
Itako Iris Festival (Itako City)
During this festival in June more than a million irises fill the canal city of Itako with a riot of colour. A range of events are held on weekends during the festival including Ayame Odori, a traditional dance which takes place in the iris gardens, and ‘yomeiri-bune’, a traditional ceremony where a bride dressed in a traditonal wedding kimono travels by boat to meet her new husband.
Amabiki Temple Hydrangea Festival
Amabiki Kannon Temple (Sakuragawa City)
Located in the mountains of western Ibaraki, Amabiki Kannon Temple is dedicated to prayers for safe birth and child raising. The temple’s famous hydrangea festival takes place during the rainy season from early to mid-June. More than three thousand hydrangea plants of ten different varieties are in bloom during the festival, surrounding the imposing temple building with a riot of colour.For more information
Kasama Azalea Festival
Kasama Tsutsuji Park, Kasama City
From mid-April to early May azalea plants fill this hillside above the city of Kasama with a dizzying array of colour. Azalea season usually coincides with Japan’s ‘Golden Week’ series of National Holidays and the Kasama Himatsuri Pottery Festival so there’s plenty to keep you occupied while exploring Kasama!