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 field where there are different colourful flowers.
When to view flowers at Furano, Hokkaido: Early July to Late August
Wound healing… promote hair growth… and anxiety-reducing?! Who would have known that the beautiful lavenders have so many benefits!
2. Ume (Japanese Apricot) at Yushima Tenjin
Yushima Tenjin has been a popular spot to view blossomed Ume since the Edo period. There are approximately 300 plum trees there – where most of them are Shirokaga White Plum.
When to view flowers at Yushima Tenjin: 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 to view flowers at Izu Oshima: End of January to Early 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 one 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 colours of roses!
When to view flowers at Hibiya Park: 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 to view flowers at Yoshinoyama, Nara: Late March to Early April
Do you know that Cherry Blossom is 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.