Here’s Where You Can Experience the Best of Autumn Away from the Crowds
It's like a fairy tale come to life.
As more and more people visit Japan to experience autumn in its full splendor, the usual places become more and more congested with tourists as well. Luckily, there are still quite a few places in the country where you can admire the fall foliage without selfie sticks obstructing your view. One of those places is in Hitachinaka City, Japan.
Hitachi Seaside Park
605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (March 1 to July 20, September 1 to October 31),
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (July 21 to August 31), 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (November 1 to end of February)
Open everyday during March 26 to May 31 (Spring), July 21 to August 31 (Summer), October 1 to 31 (Fall)
Closed on Mondays (except on Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday), on December 31 and January 1, closed for 4 days from the first Tuesday of February through the following Friday
A vast urban park filled with flowers, Hitachi Seaside Park is famous for the breathtaking Kochia autumn foliage that spreads through the Miharashi no oka or Miharashi Hills. Leaves gradually change color from green to red in mid-October, giving people a stunning picture they'll never get enough of. Aside from that, people can also catch a glimpse of Cosmos flowers and etc.
But apart from the red, rounded Kochia autumn foliage that you will find at Hitachi Seaside Park, there are also other interesting places to check out around the area. Here's what you can do if you only have a day to spare.
Savor a hearty breakfast at Saza Coffee in Katsuta Station.
1-2 Katsutachuo, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Begin your day trip with a stop at Saza Coffee. Established in 1969, this coffee shop is well-known for their delicious breakfast meals. Customers can also enjoy the coffee made from roasted coffee beans acquired from the farm they own in Colombia.
Revel in the relaxing mood of Hitachinaka Seaside Railway.
Hitachinaka Seaside Railway
Connecting Katsuta and Ajigaura stations, Hitachinaka Seaside Railway is close to historical sites around the area like shell mounds and ancient tombs. If you have time, stop by Nakane Station and savor the lovely view of the countryside.
Buy souvenirs at Inabaya Kashi Store.
Inabaya Kashi Store
1-7-21 Sakaecho, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Known as the base for ship transportation during the Edo period, Nakaminato remains lined with old town houses and merchant homes that have survived fires and other disasters. Feel the town's nostalgic atmosphere by strolling around the area while munching on candy from Inabaya Kashi Store.
Provided by Japan Walker™ Tokyo Walker™ 14 September 2017)