Endless Fields Of Blue

Every once in a while you discover a place where the photos that made you run to the nearest station and jump on godzilla-knows-how-many-trains to get there did not lie. Not even a little bit.

Those pictures of hills swathed in an unbroken carpet of blue flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park? REAL.


And it’s not like there’s just a tiny patch of them either. The blooming Nemophila cover so many hills, there was no way to get the whole area in single shot. This is, like, a tenth of the place

Where I come from, these little pieces of flowery blue sky are known as Baby Blue Eyes, and are apparently native to my own back yard. (NorCal, that is). Still, nowhere I know in America do they singlemindedly plant one species of flower like they do in Japan (but as you see, they should, THEY SHOULD)

Open: 9:30 – 17:00, closed Mondays

Admission: ¥410

Hitachi Seaside Park is about three hours northeast of Tokyo, near Mito. To get there, plug your nearest station into the Train Finder with Ajigaura Station as the destination. There’s a free shuttle bus that runs every nine minutes between Ajigaura Station and the park.

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo.

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