Virtual tours nemophila chiba Japan

A selection of five Nemophila flower fields near Tokyo plus bonus content for Saitama Prefecture

This year, 2021, the famous nemophila flower fields in Hitachi Seaside Park are open to the public again. They were closed in 2020, on account of the Coronavirus, right when the nemophila were in full bloom. Likewise, the lesser known Nemophila fields in the other prefectures of Kanto were also closed to the public due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the majority of nemophila spots are open to the public again this year. However, there are still a couple that are closed, including Tobu Treasure Garden which is featured in this post. This post includes a selection of five places to see nemophila in the Kanto Plain, four that are open this year and one with a virtual tour. There are also another two additional free virtual tours in this post, for those that can’t make it to see the Nemophila in person this year.

Nemophila virtual tours Japan

Nemophila / Baby blue eyes

Nemophila are a flowering plant of the family Boraginaceae. The name Nemophila comes from the Greek ‘nemos’ meaning ‘small forest’ and ‘phileo’ meaning ‘to love’. They are also known as Baby Blue Eyes due to their striking pale blue color with a white center. However, not all nemophila are blue. There are also white nemophila which you can see in Saitama Omiya Hana no Oka. In Japanese they are called Rurikara Kusa. The “hanakotoba” flower meaning in Japan is actually taken from English. In English they supposedly represent success as well as forgiveness. They are annuals and typically bloom in spring. In Japan, they most commonly bloom for the month of April. This year, 2021, like many other seasonal flowers, they came into bloom a little earlier than normal. They are currently at prime viewing stage around the Kanto plain.

In this post:

  1. Saitama – Musashi Kyuryo Shinrin Park
    • Virtual Tour
  2. Ibaraki – Hitachi Seaside Park
    • Virtual Tour
  3. Tokyo – Showa Kinen Park
  4. Gunma – Tobu Treasure Garden Virtual Tour
  5. Kanagawa – Kurihama Flower Park

1. Saitama Nemophila

Featured: Nemophila at Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park

Nemophila at Shinrin Park April 2021

The Musashi Kyuryou National Government Park, most commonly called Shinrin Park, is one of Japan’s largest. It was the very first national government park in the whole of Japan. The park has stunning flowers all year round. In April 100,000 nemophila grow in the “Undo Hiroba” close to the West Gate of the vast park. Public buses go to the west gate from both Tobu Tojo line’s Shinrinkoen station and JR Kumagaya Station. In another part of the park, a good 20 minute walk, there is a vibrant display of 700,000 Icelandic Poppies. About a ten minute walk from the poppies you can also see Lupine starting to grow from around mid April. They come into their prime in Golden Week.

Update April 27th 2021: the nemophila in Shinrin Park are now past their prime.

Virtual Tour

For those that can’t make it to the park, here is a short virtual tour showcases both the nemophilia and the Icelandic poppies that are currently in bloom in the park.

https://youtu.be/lFwgFzq8lac?t=32
Address:West Gate, Fukuda, Namegawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0803
Phone:+81493572111
Hours:9:30 am to 5 pm
Cost:450 yen park entry fee for adults, parking 650 yen
Map:On Google Maps
More:Further details about the park in English

Smaller display in Saitama City:

A new nemophila spot in Saitama:

Baby blue eyes and orange poppies
April 30th 2021

This year, 2021, the Konosu Poppy Field has three displays of Baby Blue Eyes. None are particularly big, in fact two are quite small, but the third is decent enough. Moreover, the contrast against the orange California Poppies is stunning. While Shinrin park and Omiya Hana no Oka’s Baby Blue Eyes are past their peak, as of the end of April 2021, Konosu’s are just starting. More information here.


2. Ibaraki Nemophila

Hitachi Seaside park

Hitachi Seaside Park nemophila

Hitachi Seaside Park is the most famous nemophila spot in Japan. With good reason too. The display in Hitachi Seaside Park is out of this world. It looks like an endless sea of blue. The variety grown in Hitachi Seaside park is called “insignis blue”. On a clear day the baby blue flowers merge seamlessly into a blue sky. Moreover, there are approximately 5.3 million nemophila in the display. The park is large with many different sections. The nemophila are grown on the “Miharashi no Oka” hill. They typically bloom from mid April to early May. Millions of people come annually to witness the stunning sight. Do expect crowds, even in this period of Coronavirus. While there, check out their “Nemophila Latte” in the “Kinen no Mori” Rest House in the park!

Virtual tour

A virtual tour of the park. Nemophilia from : 00.25 to 01:42. The tour also includes Kochia and other seasonal flowers in the park.

They also have a short virtual tour specifically of the nemophilia taken during this blooming period.

Address:〒312-0012 Ibaraki, Hitachinaka, Mawatari, Onuma 605-4
Phone:+81292659001
Hours:9:30 am to 5 pm
Cost:450 yen for adults, parking 520 yen
Map:On Google Maps
More:Further details about the park in English

3. Tokyo Nemophila

Showa Kinen Park

Baby blue eyes

The tulip display of Showa Kinen Park is synonymous with the month of April. But Nemophila also grow in the park from around mid April. The baby blue eyes bloom on a small hill opposite the tulips. It is not as large a display as others, but it is very accessible. Moreover, you can enjoy other seasonal displays in the park at the same time.

Address:3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0014
Phone:+81425281751
Hours:9:30 am to 5 pm
Cost:450 yen
Map:On Google Maps
More:Further details about the park in English

4. Gunma Nemophila

Tobu Treasure Garden

The Tobu Treasure Garden is another flower park in the Kanto region that has seasonal nemophila. It is located in Tatebayashi City in the east of Gunma prefecture. In April one of their displays of 800,000 flowers includes a large section of nemophila. At anyone time they have about a million flowers in bloom in total. Unfortunately, they are still closed due to the Coronavirus and an opening date has not yet been set. This is a promotion video for the park. The nemophila are shown from 01:03 to 01:39. Details for the park for future reference is included under the video.

Address:1050, 堀工町 Tatebayashi, Gunma 374-0033
Phone:+81276550750
Map:On Google Maps
More:Official website for the most recent updates on the closures

5. Kanagawa Nemophila

Kurihama Flower Park

Kurihama Flower Park is free in and is open 24 hours. The display of baby blue eyes in Kuriyama Hana no Kuni is in the poppy fields. Baby blue contrasted against the red poppies and the surrounding green trees. They bloom with the poppies from the end of the first week of April until the end of May. There are one million poppies in the field, but the number of baby blue eyes is unknown. It is a large display though. Moreover, you can see the flowers with carp streamers.

Address:1 Shinmeicho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 239-0832
Phone:+81468338282
Hours:24 hours
Cost:Free
Map:On Google Maps
More:Official event web page

Other Parks with Nemophilia in the Kanto Area

Below a list of a few other places with smaller displays of Nemophila in the Kanto plain. None of these sites currently have a virtual tour of their nemophilia.

Have you seen any nemophilia this year – either in real life or virtually? Have you been on any virtual tours during this lock down period? Any you would recommend?

34 Comments

  1. I’ve always heard that Japan is one of the most beautiful countries to visit. not only nature or the cities but the culture and the people too.

  2. Oh wow this is stunning, what a fun way to check out something new. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

    1. Author

      Thanks a million Krysten. I’ve been looking these up to do with my kids (well museums, which I will also be sharing 🙂 ) so I thought some other people might want to see some baby blue eyes right about now. Flowers always cheer me up. Have a great day, and thanks again.

  3. I had plans to travel over the Easter holidays to one of my country´s national parks. All these plans came to a stand still after the covid-19 outbreak. I love the virtual tour of Shinrin Park the nemophilia and Icelandic poppies are awesome! Thank you for sharing.

    1. That would have been lovely. Hopefully you will get to go again at a later date and it will feel even more special, everything will, after this lock down period. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Stay safe.

  4. I love this!. We also have had plans thwarted because of COVID 19. This is the next best thing. Thanks so much.

    1. Author

      Thanks a million. I just keep telling myself – all those plans, when I finally get to execute them they will feel a gazillion times better because it will mean COVID is behind us 🙂 Stay safe and thanks again.

  5. A virtual tour is such a great things to do during this lockdown. Way to travel without leaving your home. This flower field is absolutely stunning and it is definitely something I would love to see in real life once this is all over.

    1. I hope you get the chance. I hope we all get the chance to enjoy the things we couldn’t this year, and it will feel even better having waited. 🙂 Stay safe, best, Lynda

  6. Covid has taken away a lot of plans but at least through technology we are still able to find enjoyment of the outdoors from the safety of home. These virtual tours help when feeling a little bit of the cabin fever.

    1. Can you imagine COVID 20 years ago when technology wasn’t so advanced 😮 We are lucky that technology can help us get through this. I remember when I first moved to Japan I could only ring my parents once a week cause it cost an arm and a leg to ring internationally – from a payphone, the horror – now I ring them daily for free 🙂 Small graces. Stay safe, best, Lynda

  7. I will have to do this for sure. I love looking at flowers. I have been going on lots of virtual tours.

  8. What a wonderful idea. I think a lot of people’s vacay or plans are being cancelled due to Covid, but this is like the next best thing. Although, this is definitely something that needs to be seen in person. All those lovely flowers. I hope you are able to get there at some point.

  9. I may never get to Japan but I am glad for this video. I love that I am able to visit places online

    1. Awesome, I’ve opened it up in another browser and going to read after reading this article. I think virtual field trips / tours are a great way to spend some time productively. Thanks a million for sharing this resource with me. 🙂

  10. Oh wow, I know Japan is so beautiful and especially when Sakura comes, I have a friend who is a painter and he recently drew an art called Sakura which makes me fall in love with Japan even more, I can not wait to visit one day <3

    1. I wish I had the talent to paint. Sakura season is particularly beautiful. I hope you get to see it in real life someday.

  11. Wow, beautiful. These videos were fun to watch, not just because we are unable to travel now but just to get a glimpse of all the beautiful sights our world has to offer.

    1. Our world really has some beautiful places, and to take a positive out of all this Covid stuff (of course I wish it weren’t so) Mother Nature is getting a chance to heal some. All this beauty will be waiting for us when this all over. It is a soothing thought.

    1. Haha! What is that expression “tell God your plans…” and he’ll laugh at you, or something along those lines.

  12. This is definitely helping my travel blues! Japan is my dream destination and somewhere I’m definitely visiting once we can travel again. These virtual tours give me a taste of what I can expect!

    1. Author

      Yeah <3 Thank you so much. I hope your dream can come true sooner rather than later. It is everything everybody says and MORE!!

  13. I so love Japan because it has so many beautiful places and things to offer. Im gonna bookmark this page so I can look back to Japan everytime I miss it. 🙂

  14. It’s great that there are so many virtual tours that can keep your love for travel alive. I would love to visit Japan once this pandemic is over.

  15. Although a virtual tour isn’t the same it suits for now. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and now might never get the opportunity.

  16. I have never ever been to Japan. But this virtual trip has made me interested in it. I loved it.

  17. Japan has always been on my travel bucket list ! this is pretty cool way of viewing the tour virtually

  18. This is such a great way to satisfy the wanderlust that many of us are struggling with right now until such time that we can go visit locations like this in person once again. I know that it’s not quite the same, but it’s a great way to make the best of an otherwise crummy situation.

  19. This is a fantastic way to not only pass time during COVID-19, but also to plan future trips! Thank you for sharing…I hadn’t thought of this way of “travelling” before, and now i know how i’ll be spending hours of my day for the next several weeks 😂😁

  20. Japan looks absolutely beautiful. I studied it a bit in school and would love to go and visit there one day.

  21. i’ve always wanted to see nemophilia too! good to know that i can view this wonderful scenery here at home! thanks for sharing!

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