The cherry blossom season in Japan marks the beginning of spring. At this time of year, many flower festivals take place throughout the country.
You will be happy to know that it’s not impossible to visit a number of popular tulip fields as part of your day trip from Tokyo city.
Here, spring comes at the beginning of March. Then varieties of flower start to bloom including cherry blossoms and tulips.
There are many breathtaking places in the country to admire the beauty of tulips fields. This post here highlights the top places to see colorful tulips in Japan.
Tokyo is arguably an amazing city to explore in the world and has plenty to offer whenever you visit. There are many ways to experience its iconic landmarks, seasonal attractions and outdoor activities.
Every year in spring millions of tulips are blooming in and around Tokyo. If you want to visit the city during the tulip season in Tokyo, this article could help you plan your perfect trip to the capital city of Japan.
I have picked some amazing places to see tulips around Tokyo (spots not far from Tokyo) in spring. So let’s check them out.
1. Sakura Tulip Festa, Sakura City
Sakura city in Chiba Prefecture is famous for a number of reasons – for example, the National Museum of Japanese History, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Samurai residences and Sakura Tulip Festa.
Sakura Tulip Festa is one of the most popular tulip festivals in Japan and biggest around Tokyo. Going out to explore any kind of flower fields or gardens is my favorite thing to do. The festival has impressed me with its lively atmosphere and beautiful surroundings and it’s worth returning for.
If you don’t visit Sakura city during its festival time then your trip to Tokyo is not complete. I assume that you don’t want to experience it but how can you miss these fascinating flower festivals around Tokyo?
Just a short train ride away from Narita International Airport, this incredible tulip field features over 700,000 colorful tulip flowers of 70 different kinds.
The festival is usually held from late March to late April. The second week of April is considered the best time to visit the site. If possible avoid the rainy weather and go there on a sunny day.
If you are lucky you would be able to see rows of cherry trees in full bloom while visiting the festival area. Viewing sakura and tulips at the same time is a great experience indeed!
Next to the festival site, you will see the beautiful Lake Inbanuma, this is where lots of wild birds can be spotted. During the festival, visitors can take a sightseeing boat cruise on the lake.
In addition, bicycle rental is available here and you can explore the surroundings cycling along the cycling path around the lake.
The Dutch-style windmill that you see here was made in the Netherlands but assembled in Japan. Colorful tulip fields and the windmill in the background offer a lot of fantastic views.
This festival features several activities, such as rental of traditional Dutch-Maid costume, bicycle rental, tulip picking, and stage performance. Please note you can find food stalls and souvenir shops near the entrance area. So when you are hungry, buy food from there.
In my opinion, this is not a very big tulip field compared with other tulip viewing spots in Japan but still it’s worth exploring as you can enjoy the fresh air, picturesque river views, beautiful flower beds display and if gardening is your hobby, from here you can buy tulip plants to take home at a minimal cost.
To reach the spot from Tokyo, first you have to head to Ueno Keisei Station and hop on a train to Keisei-Sakura station. The one way train journey takes an hour. And then take a taxi or shuttle bus (10 minutes) from the North Exit of Keisei Sakura Station to the festival site.
Access to the site from Tokyo seems not difficult. Don’t you think so? You can use your PASMO/SUICA IC card on Keisei Skyliner.
Venue: Sakura Furusato Square, Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture.
Hours: 9:00 – 16:00
Fee: Free entrance
2. Akebonoyama Agricultural Park, Kashiwa City
Chiba Prefecture is not only renowned for its historic sites but also stunning nature that showcases eye-catching flower gardens throughout the year.
Bursting with beauty, Akebonoyama Agricultural Park in Kashiwa City offers visitors colorful tulips and cherry blossoms in spring, sunflowers in summer and cosmos flowers in autumn. Don’t you think it as an impressive place?
This park is said to be one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Chiba Prefecture. Many people come here to marvel at is sunflowers in August. This is without question an ideal place to see summer flowers around Tokyo.
In spring, sakura and tulips blooms in abundance in the park. Here, it’s not unusual to see blooming sakura alongside tulips in different colors like red, yellow, pink, purple, white and orange. That’s why it is a great place to relax, take photos and walk around during the springtime.
In addition, the park offers a Japanese garden, barbeque area, Dutch style windmill, pond, rental bikes, and yatai (food stalls), making it a great place to enjoy memorable time with your kids and family. I feel very relaxed while taking a stroll around the pond.
The park makes a great day trip from Tokyo by car. And what I think of this magical place is that you will never get bored of it. If you dream about exploring Japanese countryside, I highly encourage you to plan a trip to this park.
After spending your time in the park, you should pay a visit to Tokaiji Temple, located on the small hill above the park.
Either you go there by a car or train; it will take at least 32 minutes to reach the site from Tokyo. You can take a train from Ueno Station to Abiko Station on JR Joban Line (the nearest station to the park). Then hop on a local bus from the station to the park.
Venue: Akebonoyama Agricultural Park, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture.
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Monday closed)
Fee: Free entrance
3. Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa City
Showa Kinen Park/Showa Memorial Park is vast park in the western suburbs of Tokyo. It’s located in Tachikawa city, which is a 30-mintue train ride from Shinjuku Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Built in 1983 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s reign, this park is a year-round destination in Tachikawa city that spans over 160 hectares.
With spacious lawns, Japanese garden, pond, western style gardens, bonsai museum, promenade, lake, flower fields, tea house, farm and traditional village, this park is very huge and it will take an entire day to explore it thoroughly on foot.
I suggest you to rent a bicycle there as it would make it easy for you to reach all the areas in the park.
Whenever I visit Tokyo in autumn, I always prefer visiting its rows of ginkgo trees. This photogenic spot makes this park one of the best fall foliage viewing spots in Tokyo.
Different kinds of flowers bloom in large number in Showa Kinen Park throughout the year except winter. In the spring, visitors are offered to see breathtaking tulip gardens, cherry blossoms, rape blossoms, poppies, and other flowers.
Please note an annual flower festival is held here from late March to late May. And to see beautiful tulips beds in the park, you have got to come here in early April.
This park is a great place to spend a weekend with family and friends. During the sakura season, picnicking under the shade of the cherry trees is a must-do activity. Have fun!
It is a 2-mintue walk from JR Nishi-Tachikawa Station and 15-20 minutes on foot from JR Tachikawa Station.
Thinking how to access from Shinjuku Station to Nishi-Tachikawa Station? You can take a train that runs along the Chuo Line (40 minutes).
Venue: Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa City, Tokyo.
Hours: 9:30 – 18:00
Fee: 450 Yen
4. Yokohama Park, Yokohama City
Tokyo is stunning at any time of year. If you want to discover one more popular tulip spot which is located not far from Tokyo city then Yokohama Park is where you need to go.
Just a 5-mintue walk from JR Kannai Station, this urban park (located just outside Yokohama Stadium) is a place of scenic beauty in spring. I absolutely love the atmosphere it creates during the tulip season.
Opened to the public in 1897, Yokohama Park (6.3 hectare) is considered the second oldest park in Yokohama after Yamate Park. Mid April is the best time to visit the park to see vivid tulips.
Approximately 160,000 tulips of 70 varieties bloom in early April every year, making this site as picturesque as you can imagine. When you are here, don’t count the types of tulips you will see instead just admire the scenery out there.
In addition, you can see a beautiful fountain and a traditional Japanese garden within the park area.
No matter where you travel around Yokohama in spring, you will be captivated by the sheer beauty and impressiveness of this park. In fact, here you just can’t seem to stop roaming around.
JR Kannai Station is a 45-mintue train ride from Tokyo Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.
Venue: Yokohama Park, Naka ward, Yokohama.
Hours: Open 24 hours
5. Hamura Tulip Festival
Just a short train ride (19 minutes) away from Tachikawa Station on the Ome line, this picture-perfect tulip field located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis is a perfect place to spend a few hours while enjoying the fresh air and viewing rows of colorful tulips.
The festival is held from early April through late April every year with featuring approximately 40,000 tulips of 60 different kinds. That’s very impressive!
This kind of pleasant spot is what you need to escape from the busy Tokyo life and enjoy the beauty of Japanese spring nature. I have been there last year, and enjoyed the foods I bought from the food stalls there.
The festival venue is a 20-mintue walk from Hamura Station.
From Shinjuku station, take a train on the Ome line and get off at Hamura station. It will take less than an hour.
Check out the official site for this year’s tulip festival dates and time.