These Flowers Prove That There’s More to Japan Than Just the Cherry Blossoms
Each flower is special in its own way.
Whenever you think about Japan, one of the very first things that come to mind are the cherry blossoms. Most of the time, tourists from all over the world flock to the country to witness the beautiful sakura season as part of their bucket list. However, what many don’t know is that there are still other flowers worth seeing in Japan throughout the year.
In this article, we introduce the different seasonal flowers that you just might be able to catch on your next trip.
Spring (March to May)
Spring has always been known as the season for flowers. It’s the time when the coldness of winter makes way for the warmer breeze, making the environment conducive for many flowers to grow and blossom.
The sakura might be the most popular flower during this season, but there are other flowers to see as well, one of which is the tulip. Although the flower isn’t native to Japan, locals have made it grow in many striking colors, and it would be a shame not to see them. The perfect time to view these would be from late March to May. Do note that it’s blossoming peak may vary depending on the area.
More recently, another flower that’s becoming quite popular among the tourists is the pink moss (shibazakura), which blooms from late April to late May. Depending on the area, you can enjoy a carpet of pink moss while enjoying the view of Mt. Fuji from afar.
Next, we have the wysteria (Fuji no hana), which blooms in various colors like purple, blue, pink, white, and yellow. Viewing period for these is from mid-April to mid-May. Depending on the place, you can enjoy the wysteria not only during the day time but also at night when it’s lit up.
Last is the nemophila, whose brilliant blues bloom wonderfully on top of the fields and create a dazzling scenery. You can catch these flowers from mid-April to early May.
Summer (June to August)
Sunflowers (himawari), which bloom from early July to late August, are more popularly known as the flowers of summer. During this season, many sunflower fields, where you can take Instagrammable selfies, are open for visiting and public viewing.
Another flower that blooms during the summer is the lavender. Their scent is immediately perceptible and will soothe you as soon as you step on the vast purple fields. The flowers are best viewed from early July to early August.
During the rainy season, a lot of hydrangeas (ajisai) pop up and bloom in brilliant colors around Japan. Although it can also be found in other Southeast Asian countries, the way Japan uniquely arranges these flowers is still something not to be missed. You’ll see these flowers bloom during the rainy season of June and July.
Autumn (September to November)
For autumn, the kochia is quite evident in many areas in Japan. Its shrub turns into a fiery red color during the fall season and makes for a stunning scenery. At the start of late September to early October, its leaves start changing colors.
Winter (December to February)
Not a lot of flowers bloom during the winter, but the Japanese plum (ume) sets itself apart from the rest. It starts appearing between January to March and features a magnificent array of colors upon blossoming.
Besides that, another flower worth seeing during the winter is the nanohana. Its wonderful yellow petals make fields of this flower resemble a carpet of sunshine. The best time to view them is from mid-February to mid-March.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (11 January 2019)