Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I would like to introduce Hitachi Seaside Park, which I toured by motorcycle from central Tokyo. Hitachi Seaside Park is a national park located in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and has a vast site with approximately 350 types of flowers and 1 million flowers. Not only can you enjoy colorful flowers throughout the year, but there are also plenty of play equipment and attractions, so it’s also recommended for families and couples. This time, we will tell you what Hitachi Seaside Park is, how to get there, what to see, and information on motorcycle parking.
What is Hitachi Seaside Park?
Hitachi Seaside Park, opened in 1991, is one of the largest national parks in Japan. The site area is approximately 190 hectares, equivalent to approximately 40 Tokyo Domes. There are seven areas within the park, each with its own unique flowers and plants. For example, nemophila and tulips bloom in spring, lotuses and sunflowers in summer, cosmos and salvia in autumn, and pansies and marigolds in winter. There are also attractions such as the giant Ferris wheel and roller coaster, which are the symbols of the park. Furthermore, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops, so you can have fun all day long.
Route to Hitachi Seaside Park
This time, I toured from central Tokyo to Hitachi Seaside Park on my favorite Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide. The distance is approximately 140 kilometers and the journey takes approximately 2 hours. The route is as follows.
- Take Shuto Expressway Route 6 from central Tokyo.
- Enter the Tohoku Expressway from Horikiri JCT.
- Transfer to the Joban Expressway.
- From Tomobe JCT, take the Kita-Kanto Expressway.
- Enter Hitachinaka Toll Road via Higashi Mito Road.
- Exit at Hitachi Seaside Park IC and continue along Prefectural Route 247.
- You will arrive at the entrance of Hitachi Seaside Park.
This route mainly uses expressways, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic jams or traffic lights. There are also many service areas and parking areas along the way, so you can take a break or enjoy a meal.
Highlights of Hitachi Seaside Park
There are many attractions at Hitachi Seaside Park, but I especially recommend the following three.
- nemophila hill
- flower ferris wheel
- pleasure garden
Nemophila Hill is the biggest highlight of Hitachi Seaside Park, where approximately 450,000 nemophila trees bloom all over the park in spring. Nemophila is a plant with blue flowers and is also known as “Baby Blue Eyes”. Nemophila Hill is a 58 meter high hill with nemophila trees planted on its slopes. From the top of the hill, you can see a spectacular view of the blue flower fields, the blue sky, and the blue sea. This sight will make you feel like you are in heaven. The best time to see nemophila is from late April to early May, but it gets very crowded during that time, so we recommend going early, visiting on weekdays, or purchasing tickets in advance.
flower ferris wheel
The Flower Ferris Wheel is a huge Ferris wheel that can be said to be the symbol of Hitachi Seaside Park. At 100 meters high, it is the third tallest Ferris wheel in Japan. The ride takes about 15 minutes and offers a panoramic view of the park and surrounding areas. Especially from dusk to night, the illuminations create a magical atmosphere. Additionally, all of the gondolas on the Ferris wheel are made of transparent glass, so you can enjoy the scenery from your feet. However, please be careful if you have a fear of heights or are easily dizzy.
Pleasure Garden is an amusement park area located within Hitachi Seaside Park. There are about 30 types of attractions here, including a large flower Ferris wheel. Examples include the roller coaster
Flying Carpet,'' the rotatingMerry-Go-Round,” and “Viking.” There are also many attractions for children, so families can enjoy it as well. The Pleasure Garden has many attractions themed around flowers and plants, so you can enjoy nature and play together.
Motorcycle parking lot at Hitachi Seaside Park
At Hitachi Seaside Park, there is a dedicated parking lot for motorcycles.
Motorcycle parking lots are located at the south and west entrances of the park. The south exit parking lot is close to Nemophila Hill and the Ferris Wheel, but it tends to get crowded. The west exit parking lot is close to the Pleasure Garden, but there are many spaces available. Motorcycle parking is free at both parking lots.
This time, I introduced Hitachi Seaside Park, a national park that I toured by bike from central Tokyo. Hitachi Seaside Park, a national government-run park, is a place where blue flowers such as nemophila and tulips create a spectacular scenery in the spring, and tropical flowers such as lotuses and sunflowers bloom in the summer. In autumn, red and yellow flowers such as cosmos and salvia create an autumnal atmosphere, and in winter, flowers such as pansies and marigolds bloom that can withstand winter. In addition to flowers, you can also enjoy play equipment and attractions, so you will never get bored all day long. If you’re going by bike, you can use the expressway to get there more comfortably, but you’ll have to pay expressway tolls. There is also a dedicated parking lot for motorcycles, but you cannot ride them inside the park. Hitachi Seaside Park is a wonderful spot where you can enjoy nature and play. Please come and visit us at least once.
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