It’s our Japaniversary today! It has been exactly one year since J and I moved to Japan, something I honestly had never even dreamed of. It has been a happy and action-packed year, and even though I feel stressed every time I remember all the things I still have left to see and do (and eat, duh), I always remind myself to be present and appreciate all the wonderful spots I managed to cover so far. The Land of the Rising Sun has certainly spoiled me with its natural beauty for the past year, but there are places that truly wow me. As a celebratory post I want to share with you last weekend’s trip to Hitachi Seaside Park which qualifies as one of my favorite experiences in Japan and most certainly as the highlight of fall season.

You know fall has officially arrived when the fuzzy-looking kochia bushes (also known as kokia, fireweed, burning bush or summer cypress) turn from verdant green to hot pink and cranberry color. Located a few-hour drive away from Tokyo, namely in Ibaraki prefecture, this sprawling park is famous for its collection of beautiful flowers, plants and trees. The gardens are designed in such a way that at any given moment during the year there is always something in full bloom. The park is particularly known for their nemophila and tulip fields in spring as well as hills covered in pink kochia during fall. Although, I bet they look equally striking in green color during summer.  Seeing those stems actually being hot pink was quite perplexing. I also loved how soft and fuzzy they looked although in reality they were quite rough to the touch. Besides kochia, we got to see other flower fields, all equally beautiful of course.

Even though kochia’s transformation doesn’t coincide with peak foliage season elsewhere in Japan (except Hokkaido), I’d highly recommend making your way to Hitachi if you find yourself in Japan at the end of Oct through mid-November. It would make a perfect day trip and is an ideal place for family travel. Besides the gardens there is a big amusement park with attractions catering to kids of all ages. Plus, the park is located next to a huge shopping mall. For a more detailed information about Hitachi Seaside Park and how to get there here is a great reference from Japan Guide.

That’s about it. I’ll let the photos do rest of talking and show you how truly breathtaking it all was. Specially thanks to my friend Susan who kindly took my portraits and contributed a few if these images. kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-1kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-17kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-22kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-20kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-11kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-24kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-2914954383_10154035518593730_1538456606_okochia-hitachi-seaside-park-23kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-12kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-8kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-19kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-5kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-2kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-3kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-6kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-26kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-25kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-16kochia-hitachi-seaside-park-10

xoxo, nano

Let’s connect on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BlogLovin’ | Pinterest 

PIN FOR LATERimg_2654snapseed-1snapseed-2

Linking up with wonderful ladies at Monday Escapes, Wanderful Wednesday, Faraway Files, Weekend Travel Inspiration. weekend-travel-inspiration-600x600 untitled10

faraway_files_travel_blog_linkup_badge

Travel Loving Family

Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!

45 comments

  1. How absolutely swoon worthy, Nano! The colours are quite something. I always love your photos and these are just brilliant. What a great way to celebrate your first year in Japan. Thank you so much for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This place is paradise! I bet you had serious trouble choosing which pictures to include in your post. I love the vibrant colours and informal walkways. You portrait shots by your friend are wonderful. Thanks so much for linking up again with #MondayEscapes

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh wow, I have never heard or seen of this place before but those colours are amazing! I really want to visit Japan, but the more I see, the more I have no idea which season to pick so I think living there for a year will pretty much cover it all!! Snow monkeys, cherry blossom and now this, wow, Japan just keeps getting better and better. Thank you for sharing this and confusing me some more (in a good way of course!), I have pinned this for the future!! #farawayfiles

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nano, just when I think Japans foliage and beauty can’t get any more beautiful, you show me another season and another display of beautiful coloured plants that prove me wrong! I could have gazed at these fields of pink bushes all day and had so much fun taking photos in and amongst them. What a year you have had. Congratulations and here’s to many more adventures!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh come on! Serious! As if it couldn’t get any better! Your posts, your photos, me not
    being there!
    I’m so jelly right now. You’re a gem. Luv your writing and photography styl-e. You rock.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s