Hi, it’s Pooh.
Today, I want to share my experience of visiting Hitachi Seaside Park to see the beautiful Nemophila flowers. It was a refreshing escape from the city, allowing me to immerse myself in nature’s wonders.
Taking the Hitachi No.1 Limited Express
On April 22, 2023, I boarded the Hitachi No.1 Limited Express from Ueno at 7:00 AM, arriving in Katsuta at 8:16 AM. Despite thinking I’d be traveling far as it was my first time in Ibaraki Prefecture, the swift one-hour journey on the express train felt surprisingly short. The train was clean and incredibly comfortable, enhancing the overall experience.
Hopping on the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway to Ajigaura Station
From Katsuta, I made my way to the park using the local line called Hitachinaka Seaside Railway. Although there were buses available, I was concerned about potential traffic congestion due to the peak bloom of Nemophila on that day. After researching different routes, I discovered that the seaside railway was less crowded and highly recommended. Additionally, during this season, a shuttle bus operated from the nearest station, offering a smooth ride without the worry of traffic. I opted for this route.
The Unique Wrapping Train
The train I boarded that day was unique, featuring a wrap design as part of the 10th-anniversary project of the Komatsu Ibaraki Plant near the seaside park. The interior exuded a nostalgic feel, and the pleasant sound of the train’s engine was something not commonly heard in modern trains.
After approximately 30 minutes from Katsuta, I arrived at Ajigaura Station, where I was greeted by three shuttle buses waiting to take visitors to the park. The transition was seamless, and I quickly hopped on one of the buses.
Arriving at Hitachi Seaside Park
The park was vast, so I decided to rent a bicycle to explore. I headed straight to “Miharashi Hill,” where the Nemophila awaited me. It was a breathtaking sight to see the entire hill covered in blue. It was my first time witnessing such a spectacle.
Among the blue Nemophila, the few red flowers served as lovely accents, adding to the overall beauty.
Upon reaching the hilltop, the view was simply magnificent. The sea of blue extended as far as the eye could see. Despite the crowd, the pathways were spacious enough, and it didn’t feel as cramped as it appeared in photos.
As I descended the hill, I encountered a vibrant field of rapeseed blossoms. The contrast between the yellow rapeseed and the blue Nemophila was striking and beautiful.
Hitachi Seaside Park offers more than just Nemophila. Various plants and flowers can be enjoyed throughout the year. Personally, I was amazed by the tulip area. It showcased a wide array of colors and varieties.
I had always associated tulips with red, yellow, and white, but here, I discovered an incredible range of colors. The way they were planted to create gradients was truly awe-inspiring. I even came across some rare and unique tulip varieties, making the experience even more enjoyable.
Lunch at Mito Station
After a delightful time at the seaside park, I headed to Mito Station by train.
There, I indulged in a satisfying lunch of burgers and beer at a place called “Joso no Brewing.”
Impressions of the Trip
I had a wonderful time exploring various flowers, including the Nemophila, at Hitachi Seaside Park. It was truly a unique experience, as it’s rare to find such vast and nature-rich places in the city.
Ibaraki Prefecture seemed distant, but thanks to the express train, it was easily accessible. This trip made me eager to explore other places I haven’t been to yet.
The charm of the flowers at the seaside park and the delightful meals I enjoyed made it a fantastic journey. I highly recommend everyone to visit Hitachi Seaside Park and experience it for themselves.