These Sightseeing Spots in Japan Need #NoFilter to Look Beautiful
Imagine wading through this sea of flowers!
The Tokai region in Japan is home to some of the most beautiful sightseeing spots during the summer. If you’re looking to take a break from the city, this route is the way to go. Below, we list down the views that you can only enjoy this season. Don’t miss them!
Hana Hiroba Tourist Farm
The Hana Hiroba Tourist Farm bears flowers that perfectly match every season. In July, about 80,000 sunflowers bloom in the sunflower garden. The seeds are planted during March of every year and the flowers start budding around June. Although the sunflowers last until December, summer is still the best time to view them. In addition to this, the summer cypress and portulaca are also in bloom during this season.
At the farm, you have the option to enjoy the view, take pictures, and even pick five to 10 flowers to take home for free!
The bright, yellow sunflowers beautifully contrast the clear, blue sky. Take a selfie surrounded by the sunflowers!
Even the large sunflowers can be taken home for free! You can combine them with other kinds of flowers to form a lovely bouquet.
A farmer’s market and cafe can be found in the area, too. These are open to anyone visiting the place and can easily be accessed without having to pay the entrance fee. We recommend you try the Edible Flower Chiffon Cake (¥900 with drink), which is decorated with flowers from the garden. Since the cafe only uses flowers that bloom on the same day, this menu item is limited to a few servings per day.
Aside from that, Strawberry Milk Shaved Ice (¥600) made with frozen strawberries harvested during the winter, Strawberry Milk Tapioca Drink (¥500) made with handmade strawberry jam, and Mango Parfait (¥800) filled with lots of mango bits are also available at the cafe.
The Edible Flower Chiffon Cake is a cute, handmade chiffon cake garnished with colorful flower petals.
The Mango Parfait consists of vanilla ice cream, mango ice cream, whipped cream, and plenty of mango bits.
Hana Hiroba Tourist Farm is located at 48 Takamidai, Toyooka, Minamichitacho, Chita District, Aichi Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may contact them at +81-569-65-2432.
Menard Aoyama Resort
The Menard Aoyama Resort is an 80,000 square meter herb garden that cultivates around 300 types of herbs every year. Its main highlight this season is the charming lavender field. The best time to see it is first thing in the morning when there are fewer people around. Visiting around this time will also make it easier for you to take photos in the area. Upon stepping foot on the field, expect to be surrounded by the relaxing scent of thousands of lavenders.
The field of lavender spreads to as far as the eye can see. Photos taken in this herb garden will surely get you those double taps on Instagram!
Aside from sightseeing, you can also participate in activities like sachet making (¥864), where herbs taken from the garden are dried, herbal bouquet toss, and essential oil making. Guests can join these activities for free. However, we suggest that you check ahead since the duration of these activities is limited.
Menard Aoyama Resort is located at 2356 Kiryu, Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The Herb Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 24, 2019. You may contact them at +81-595-54-1326.
Futami Okitama Shrine
The Futami Okitama Shrine is believed to offer matrimonial happiness and guidance in relationships through the couple rocks found on the sea. A month before and after the summer solstice, the sun’s energy is at its peak. Around this period, you can watch the sun rise in-between the two rocks and have a rewarding, spiritual experience. If the weather is good, you can even make out Mt. Fuji from across the horizon. On top of this, the shrine also grants shrine emblem stamps with special designs on the day of the summer solstice.
The couple rocks serve as the shrine’s torii gate. It is only during this season that the sun can be seen rising between the rocks.
Sometimes the sun comes up directly behind Mt. Fuji! However, the rainy season can affect your view of the mountain, so you’d be really lucky to witness this moment.
Last June 22, the Summer Solstice Festival was held here. A purification ceremony was performed, where participants—dressed in traditional white clothing—bathed while the morning sun rose between the couple rocks.
It is an ancient practice to purify oneself at the Futami Okitama Shrine before praying at the Ise Grand Shrine. You can pray before the rising sun to be filled with spiritual energy and experience the healing power of this famous spot.
Registration is necessary to participate in the purification ceremony. The reception closes when the required number of participants is completed.
Futami Okitama Shrine is located at 575 Futamichoe, Ise City, Mie Prefecture and you may contact them at +81-596-43-2020.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (9 July 2019)