Virtual tours nemophila chiba Japan

Do you like to plan outings in advance? Had you plans for this month (April) that came to a sudden halt with the onset of Coronavirus? Maybe you were supposed to be travelling overseas? Or domestically? Was there a concert you were supposed to go to or a get together you were really looking forward to?

Change of Plans・Coronavirus

The plans we all had, they all seem so insignificant now don’t though. We are just living day to day, doing what we can to evade Covid. And hoping and praying that things will go back to normal sooner rather than later. But I think at this rate “sooner” is at the very earliest Autumn, but realistically a year from now. And “normal” will never be the same again.

I think it is safe to say that people throughout the world have had to put at least one, if not dozens, of plans for April on hold due to the outbreak of COVID-19. I am not complaining and I will spend months without plans if that’s what it takes. But I would like to share with you what I was most looking forward to this April in terms of seasonal scenery.

Nemophila virtual tours Japan

Of course, we were looking forward to plenty of things such as the kids going up a grade in school (April is the start of the school year in Japan), friend’s birthday parties, camping trips and so much more. But what was number one on my list of April must see scenery was nemophilia, also known as baby blue eyes. Thankfully, due to the emergence of hundreds of free “virtual tours” online, I can enjoy the scenery from the comfort of my home. It doesn’t beat being out in nature, but it will do. Particularly given the current circumstances and the ” #stayhome movement”.

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours Japan -virtual tours is a new buzz word in the current world climate due to the novel Coronavirus Covid-19. On Google Trends the term “virtual tours” has been booming worldwide since mid March.

What is a virtual tour?

A virtual tour differs from a live video. A live video shows a location in the here and now. But a virtual tour is a carefully orchestrated series of still images and video, often set to music and / or narration with text. It is used to bring the tourist location to you, when you can’t get to the tourist spot yourself. In this time of Coronavirus, virtual tourism is on the increase.

There are many different type of virtual tours. Many of them are very interactive and really do take you on a virtual tour, almost as if you were there in person. The official videos for the nemophila in Japan are really only a short promotional video, but they show the nemophilia as they are this season.

Nemophilia / Baby blue eyes

Nemophilia are a flowering plant of the family Boraginaceae. They are also known as Baby Blue Eyes. They are annuals and typically bloom in spring. In Japan, they most commonly bloom for the month of April. This year, 2020, 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.

Nemophilia virtual tours Japan

Introducing official virtual tours of nemophilia, aka baby blue eyes, in the Kanto Plain. These virtual tours are very short, so you can enjoy them on a break from working and / or with a cup of coffee.

Saitama – Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park)

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. This park actually remained open during the initial closures in Japan in March. But once the State of Emergency for Saitama was issued, they closed. They closed on April 8th and it is expected they will stay closed during the period of the state of emergency which is currently set to run until May 6th. However, they haven’t specified the date on their website, only that it is “undecided”.

This short virtual tour showcases both the nemophilia and Icelandic poppies that are currently in bloom in the park.

Ibaraki – Hitachi Seaside park

Ibaraki is not one of the prefectures currently under a State of Emergency advisory. However, the Ibaraki Hitachi Seaside Park still closed to the public on April 4th 2020. The re-opening date is not yet known. It is the most famous nemophilia spot in Japan. 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.

Gunma – Tobu Treasure Garden

The Tobu Treasure Garden is another flower park in the Kanto region that has seasonal nemophila. They are currently in full bloom. This is a promotion video for the park. The nemophila are shown from 01:03 to 01:39.

They may only be short videos, but they might give you an idea of places you would like to visit in the future. And if like me, you had planned to visit them this year, it gives you a glimpse of how stunning the baby blue eyes are in April 2020.

Other Parks with Nemophilia in the Kanto Area

All of these parks are also closed due to the coronavirus. Most of them, with the exception of Komorebi Mori, are expected to stay closed until after Golden week. Komorebi Mori currently plans to reopen on April 29th. That may change over the coming weeks. 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?


  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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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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