Japan has always been a popular destination for Hanami, a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. Now with Spring coming, this is the best time to view flowers with that perfect weather!
If you need some tips on where and when to visit to see blossomed flowers throughout the year, here is a simple guide on where to view flowers in Japan!
1. Lavender at Furano, Hokkaido
Furano is a city known for growing beautiful lavenders in its wide lavender field which consists of 4 different types of lavender: Okamurasaki, Hanamoiwa, Yotei and Dark Purple. Other than that, they have a famous rainbow fields where there are different colourful flowers.
When: Early July to Late August
Wound healing… promote hair growth… and anxiety reducing?! Who would have known that the beautiful lavenders have so much benefits!
2. Ume (Japanese Apricot) at Yushima Tenjin
When: Mid to Late February
Plums are not only delicious… it helps to neutralize fatigue, stimulate digestion and eliminate toxins. A good excuse for eating more… Why not!
3. Tsubaki (Camellia) at Izu Oshima
Izu Oshima is a small volcanic island that is home to over 3 million camellia trees in more than 120 varieties which creates many stunning views of blooms of camellia. During the Camellia Festival, one can not only enjoy the view, but also get the experience of traditional folk dances and singing as well!
When: End of January to Beginning of April (Camellia Festival)
Girls take note! Camellia oil gives you great looking skin, nice hair and good health. That’s like a 3 in 1 in just an oil. Wow!
4. Rose at Hibiya Park
Hibaya Park was opened in 1903 as it is Japan’s first modern park made in a Western style. The beautiful sight in Hibaya Park has 400 different kinds of roses can be found throughout the park, from vivid yellow, bright red, pink, orange and other colour of roses!
When: October and November
Rose is a prevalent and enduring symbol of love and beauty and at the same time, it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin and getting rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema!
5. Sakura (Cherry Blossom) at Yoshinoyama, Nara
Yoshinoyama has been Japan’s most famous cherry-blossom viewing spot for centuries. This place has over 30,000 cherry blossom trees planted on a north-facing mountain slope where there are temples, parks and a pretty village to visit after looking at the fully blossomed cherry blossoms!
When: Late March to Early April
Do you know that Cherry Blossom are rich in antioxidants and caffeic acid which strengthens the body’s ability to fight against oxidative damage? Other than that, our Sakura Foot Bath in our Ikebana Flower Ritual has soft petals and sakura bath salts to help relax tired and sore feet by improving blood circulation!
There you have it! We gave our two cents’ worth on where to view flowers in Japan. If you are looking for a Japanese getaway to experience flower viewing yet do not have the time to do so, fret not! Ikeda Spa is featuring a new spa ritual that features lovely spring flowers like Sakura Foot Bath & Scrub, and the relaxing River Stone Facial Massage that uses Tsubaki oil to nourish your skin. Discover more about the new Ikebana Flower Ritual.