10 Best Flower Parks in Japan and When to See Them

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The Japanese certainly compete with the Dutch in the scale, beauty, and variety of their flower parks.

These beautiful gardens make a restorative pause to the frenetic pace of city life and are well worth visiting during their peak blooming seasons. 

Japan's flower park

In this article, I share 10 of Japan’s best flower parks, including the flower varieties that are grown, and the best time of year to visit. 

10 Best flower parks in Japan and when to see them

Here are some of Japan’s best-loved flower parks.

Each park cultivates hundreds of flower varieties and has its best season for enjoying the blooms.

Delight yourself with the amazing inflorescences of these 10 beautiful Japanese flower gardens.

1. Gunma Flower Park, Maebashi 

Gunma Flower Park, Maebashi Flower park in Japan
@tripadvisor.com Gunma Flower Park, Maebashi
Address 2471-7 Kashiwaguramachi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0246, Japan
Opening hours9 am to 4 pm 
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitEarly June
Flower varietiesPlum trees
Cherry trees 
Social mediawww.secure.instagram.com/gunmaflowerpark

This expansive flower park specializes in dahlias and roses. It has 370 rose varieties in bloom throughout the year.

There are water features, and hothouses that can be enjoyed in the colder months. Gunma Flower Park also offers seasonal events and activities like pottery and plant dyeing.

The fragrant rose gardens of Gumma Flower Park bloom with over 370 varieties of rose. The roses are at their best in early June and mid-October.

Take a picnic and settle down in a scenic spot to extend your visit to this beautiful garden or join hands-on activities including pottery and plant dyeing.

2. Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Yubetsu, Hokkaido

Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Yubetsu, Hokkaido Flower park in Japan
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Yubetsu, Hokkaido
Address Kamiyubetsutonden Shigaichi, Yubetsu, Mombetsu District, Hokkaido 099-6501, Japan
Opening hours8 am to 6 pm 
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMay and June
Flower varietiesTulips
Social mediawww.instagram.com/kamiyubetsu.tulippark/

Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park’s seasonal tulip fair between May and June draws visitors from across Japan.

This flower park is all about Tulips and includes a Dutch model windmill and music to deliver an authentic experience.

You can even dig up your own tulip for under a dollar as a sweet souvenir.

3. Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo Flower park in Japan
Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Address 1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0046, Japan
Opening hours9 am to 5 pm 
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitLate February to early April (blossoms)
Flower varietiesCentury plant
Plum blossoms
Social mediatwitter.com/HamarikyuGarden

Hamarikyu Gardens are former Imperial tidal gardens that are now open to the public.

It is a peaceful location with beautiful city views. The expansive landscaped garden, Tokyo’s largest,  includes tea rooms and a large brassica flower field. 

4. Flower Park Urashima, Mitoyo

Flower Park Urashima, Mitoyo Flower park in Japan
Flower Park Urashima, Mitoyo
Address 528-1 Takumachotsumu, Mitoyo, Kagawa 769-1105
Opening hours24 hours
Rating 🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMay
Flower varietiesCosmos
Social mediawww.instagram.com/mitoyo_gram

This coastal flower garden in Mitoyo city is beautifully located with mountain and coast views.

Though the flower varieties aren’t diverse, the flower park makes the most of beautiful scenery and expert landscaping.

Densely blooming flower beds create a painted scene in May.

Local school children help to plant and cultivate flower varieties that include chrysanthemums and calendula.

There is a campground next to the park which may affect parking.

5. Hamamatsu Flower Park

Hamamatsu Flower Park in Japan
Hamamatsu Flower Park
Address 〒431-1209 Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nishi Ward, Kanzanjicho, 195
Opening hours9 am to 5 pm
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMid-March through April
Flower varietiesCherry blossoms
Social mediawww.instagram.com/h_flowerpark

This beautiful 300,000 m² botanical garden in Hamamatsu is next door to the city zoo and close to the shore of Lake Hama.

It is one of Japan’s best flower parks and a must-visit destination if you are staying in Hamamatsu.

Blooms begin in spring and continue throughout the year using seasonal flowers.

There is a large greenhouse and water display and the land train takes you around the whole park. 

6. The Rose Garden of Jindai Botanical Gardens, Chofu, Tokyo

The Rose Garden of Jindai Botanical Gardens
The Rose Garden of Jindai Botanical Gardens
Address Tokyo, Chofu, Jindaiji Motomachi, 5 Chome−4−7
Opening hours9:30 am to 5 pm
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitEarly to late May
Flower varietiesRoses
Social mediatwitter.com/ParksJindai

Jindai Botanical Garden is Tokyo’s largest garden.

It has an outstanding collection of over 5,200 rose bushes in its Rose Garden which has received an Award of Excellence from the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS). 

Many rare and exquisite varieties are on display including a variety dedicated to the garden called the Queen of Jindai.

Each year there is a Spring Rose Festival which is the best time of year to see the roses.

7. Harbor View Park Sunken Flower Bed, Yokohama

Harbor View Park Sunken Flower Bed, Yokohama Flower park in Japan
Harbor View Park Sunken Flower Bed, Yokohama
Address 114 Yamatecho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0862, Japan
Opening hours24 hours
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMay to June
Flower varietiesRoses

This is a beautiful western-style flower garden in the port city of Yokohama.

The specialty is roses, with over 110 varieties represented in the 1300 rose bushes.

The garden is divided into smaller themed gardens like the English rose garden, and the ruins of the French consulate.

The park covers fantastic views of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and harbor.

8. Kuju Flower Park

Kuju Flower Park in Japan
Kuju Flower Park
Address Japan, 〒878-0201 Oita, Taketa, 久住町 大字久住 4050
Opening hours08:30 am to 5:30 pm
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMid-April to late October
Flower varietiesRoses

Kuju Flower Park is part of the Aso-Kuju National Park and one of the country’s most popular flower parks.

It has over 500 flower varieties that bloom between mid-April and late October.

In addition, the flower park has a packed calendar of events and festivals including astronomy events and camping on summer nights!

9. Flower Park Konan

Flower Park Konan Flower park in Japan
Flower Park Konan
Address Isshiki Oiricho, Konan, Aichi 483-8008, Japan
Opening hours09:30 am to 4:30 pm
Rating 🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitMid-April to late October
Flower varietiesRoses
Social mediawww.instagram.com/flowerparkkonan/

This beautiful flower park provided a family-friendly day out in the national park of Konan, Aichi.

There are many flower varieties in this expansive park that includes bike paths, a community center, and a children’s playground. It’s clear that the locals use and contribute to this park a lot. 

The Crystal Glower house in the center of the park offers a calendar of events, exhibitions, and community classes. There is also an observatory on its roof. 

10. Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi Flower park in Japan
Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi
Address607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi 329-4216, Japan
Opening hours10 am to 5 pm
Rating 🌼🌼🌼🌼
Best time of year to visitEarly-April to Mid-May
Flower varietiesFuji/wisteria
Social mediawww.instagram.com/ashikaga_flower_park/

Ashikaga may be Japan’s most famous flower plant, attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year.

It is best known for its 350 blooming wisteria which is at the heart of its annual Great Wisteria Festival.

It also does amazing nighttime illuminations and seasonal flower displays.

In Conclusion

A visit to a Japanese flower garden is a restorative retreat from the frenetic pace of modern life.

If you are living or visiting Japan, be sure to take time out to walk and contemplate the rich natural beauty and gentle culture of Japan’s flower gardens. 

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