LOOK: All the Flowers You Need to See During Springtime in Japan
Catch them in bloom from March to May!
Spring is the season when the beautiful flowers of Japan bloom for the tourists’ and locals’ to enjoy. At this time of the year, the weather is also both nice and warm, making it the perfect season to drop by the flower fields and snap photos for Instagram. This activity is known as hanami and is a Japanese custom during springtime.
In this article, we take a look at the popular flowers that bloom from March to May in the Kanto region.
Sakura (cherry blossoms)
Seeing the pastel pink cherry blossoms is one thing you should never leave out of your Japan itinerary. You can catch the Somei-yoshino cherry trees in full bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April in the Kanto region. However, it is best to check the forecast when planning to see them since they have a tendency of blooming earlier than expected.
During the spring season, popular and famous sakura spots will most likely be very crowded, so make sure to keep a lookout for hidden spots.
Fun fact: The sakura floriography (the language of flowers) is seishinbi or spiritual beauty.
Famous spots for sakura: Ueno Park and Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo, Hirosaki Park in Aomori, and Yodogawa Kasen Park Sewaritei District in Kyoto
Cherry blossoms in Chidorigafuchi Park, Tokyo
Tulips are as popular in Japan as the cherry blossoms and can be enjoyed from March to April every year. There are more than 10,000 kinds of tulips with varying colors, patterns, and manner of blooming in Kanto. Some of them bloom like lilies, while others are double-flowered, which make them seem like an entirely different flower. The petals also open and close and change their directions according to the temperature and light.
Fun fact: The tulips floriography is omoiyari or charity.
Famous spots for tulips: Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki and Tonami Tulip Park in Toyama
The big tulip fields are spectacular.
Nanohana (canola flowers)
The presence of the warm yellow nanohana flowers in the fields signals the start of the spring season in Japan. They usually start blooming in the early spring and their simple shape and bright color attract people of all ages. They are also one of the popular flowers for Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) along with the pink peach blossoms.
Fun fact: The nanohana floriography is zaisan or fortune.
Famous spots for nanohana: Mother Farm in Chiba, Yokosuka Soleil Hill in Kanagawa, and Yokohama Town in Aomori
Canola flowers are Chiba prefecture flowers, so there are many places where you can see them.
Shibazakura (moss phlox)
Shibazakura looks a lot like cherry blossoms and blooms like a carpet on the ground. Hills and fields are normally filled with the pink and white colors of the moss phlox during springtime. Some places in Japan let you enjoy the blue kind of shibazakura, while others let you admire both colors at the same time.
Fun fact: The floriography of shibazakura is goui or agreement.
Famous spots for shibazakura: Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama and Higashi Mokoto Shibazakura Park in Hokkaido (best view in May to June)
Moss phlox in Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama
The nemophila menziesii are flowers that cover the ground and bloom in blue and purple colors. Since there are only few kinds of blue flowers that grow in colonies in Japan, this type of flower is becoming very popular among tourists and locals alike. Fields containing this flower paint a magical scenery and a sea of blue to many spectators. The kind with white flowers and purple dots and purple flowers with colors close to black are also beautiful.
Fun fact: The floriography for nemophila is seikou or success.
Famous spots for nemophila menziesii: Hitachi Kaihin Park in Ibaraki
Nemophila menziesii in Hitachi Kaihin Park, Ibaraki
Fuji flowers have been in the Japanese land for a very long time now. They usually grow as vines and bloom in bunches like grapes. You’ll notice their distinct, sweet scent as soon as you come close to them.
Fun fact: The floriography for fuji is tosui suru koi or intoxicated love.
Famous spots for fuji: Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo, Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, and Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Fukuoka
Wisteria swaying looks like a flower chandelier.
Iris is the general term for iridaceous plants. Many of its variants, such as the elegant rabbit ear iris, pure iris sanguinea, and colorful German iris, grow in humid places. Besides the representative blue and purple flowers, these also come in yellow, orange, and pink.
Fun fact: The floriography for iris is kippo or good news.
Famous spots for iris: Iris no Oka in Gunma and Shirakawa Flower World in Fukushima
Iris flowers have many types of colors and shapes.
Shakuyaku has been the flower that represented beautiful women during ancient times. When it blooms, its flower petals come out gorgeous and elegant. Many of these flowers typically come in red, pink, and white colors, but there are also yellow peonies crossbred with tree peonies.
Fun fact: The floriography for shakuyaku is hajirai or bashfulness.
Famous spots for shakuyaku: Tsukuba Peony Garden in Ibaraki and Minetopia Besshi in Ehime
Peonies with many petals look like dresses.
Poppies bloom with a thin stem and fluttering petals. They sway in the spring air quite dramatically. When the bent blossom grows straight and the green bract falls apart, the petals come apart.
Fun fact: The floriography of poppy is nagusame or consolation.
Famous spots for poppies: Chichibu Highland Ranch in Saitama and Kurihama Flower Park in Kanagawa
Poppies swaying in the spring air are very cute.
Bara, the queen of flowers, is loved the most by the world. It comes in a variety of colors, sizes, and forms ranging from large and mini roses to single-flowered, classical, and cupped-form roses. The best season to view these flowers is from May to June.
Fun fact: The floriography of bara is netsuretsu na koi or passionate love.
Famous spots for bara: Kyu-Furukawa Garden and Jindai Botanical Garden in Tokyo and Keisei Rose Garden in Chiba
Since there are many colors and kinds of roses, looking for the one you like is very entertaining.
Aside from these, daisies, lotus flowers, and primroses are also popular during spring.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (3 March 2019)