Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachinaka Kaihin Koen Park), Ibaraki prefecture

Hitachi Seaside Park ひたちなか海浜公園(Hitachinaka Kaihin Koen), located in Hitachi city, Ibaraki prefecture, is known for its hill on the seaside, covered with baby blue eyes flowers in spring, and Kochia balls in autumn.

In autumn, nearly 32000 of Kochia balls and 2 million flowers of cosmea attract visitors. Kochia gradually begins to turn red in October, and gets burning red around middle of October. (Varies every year depending on weather conditions.)

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To enter the park, there are four entrance, Seaside Entrance, Central Entrance, South Entrance and West Entrance. The West Entrance is the most convenient to reach "Miharashi-no-oka", the hill with flowers and Kochia balls. From the west entrance to the hill, it will be a 10-min walk.

The park is so large and also has other attractions and facilities, including various flowers gardensand playgrounds. The central entrance is the closest to those facilities.

Though admission fee is required to enter the park, the fee is reasonable as Hitachi Seaside Park is a national park. There are special admission free days, but remember it gets so crowned on those days.


Kochia balls swaying by wind look very kawaii.


Baby blue eyes flowers in spring (in late April to early May)

Getting there from Tokyo


By Train From Ueno 上野

From JR Ueno Station, take Joban-sen 常磐線 and get off at Katsuta station 勝田駅 (Approx. 70 min.)
From Katsuta station, there are two options; Buy bus or By train

(By Bus)
From Katsuta stn, take Bus (Ibaraki Kotsu Bus. 20 min.) and get off at West Enttrance (Nishiguchi) or South Entrance(Minamiguchi). Remember the entrance closer to the hill is West Entrance.(Nishiguchi).
*It gets crowded in May and October, especially on weekends. It is recommended to visit on a weekday if you can.

(By Train)
From Katsuta stn, take Minato-sen Line of Hitachinaka Seaside Railway and get off at Ajigaura station 阿字ヶ浦駅. 20 min walk to the south entrace.,

*From Ajigaura Station to Seaside Entrance (海浜口 Kaihin-guchi) , free shuttle bus service is available between mid. September to mid.October.

Related Info/Websites


Hitachi Seaside Park Official Website
http://en.hitachikaihin.jp/

Nearby Attractions


Nakaminato Fish Market with Sushi restaurants
http://www.nakaminato-osakanaichiba.jp/ (In Japanese)
From Ajigaura Stn, take Minato-sen Line of Hitachinaka Seaside Line, and get off at Nakaminato 那珂湊
10 min. walk to the fish market area. 

 

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