"Nemophila Harmony" at Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki
During Golden Week holidays, I went to Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki for "Nemophila Harmony," a flower festival held until May 25th, 2008. 4.5 million blue nemophilas are blossoming over the "Miharashi No Oka", a hill commanding a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Nemophilas are annual flowers. It's a combination of two Greek words nemos (small forest) and phileo (love). It's also called baby-blue-eyes; surely, the transparent-blue flowers look like pure baby's eyes.
As it has been colder this year, the flowers are late in blooming; only a third of them opened when I went there.
Nemophilas might be their best in mid-May. I want to see them in that time, again!
Access to Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki from Tokyo
It takes about 70 mins. From JR Ueno station to Katsuta station by Express train of Joban line.
Then take the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus, and get off at the "Kaihinkoen Nishiguchi (Seaside Park West Gate)" or "Minamiguchi (South gate)" stop (about 15 minutes by bus).
It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo station bus terminal by Ibaraki Kotsu Bus heading toward "Tokai, Hitachinaka", and get off at the "Kaihinkoen Nishiguchi (Seaside Park West Gate)"