Ibaraki, Japan | A Quick Travel Guide to Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park is probably the best park I’ve been to yet. I’m so thankful for the recommendation of Ate Marianne, the charming writer behind Madaldal KidA week before our trip to Japan, we still haven’t finalized our itinerary. Tokyo is so big that we had a lot of options but I suddenly thought of going beyond the capital. We didn’t consider Osaka anymore because we might overspend. So I posted an update on my IG story asking my friends and followers if they can suggest places we should visit near Tokyo. The best answer I got was Hitachi Seaside Park. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re interested in going there too. If I’m right, here’s a quick travel guide for you!

WHAT TO SEE IN HITACHI SEASIDE PARK

Hitachi Seaside Park is a 350-hectare piece of land of which only 200 hectares are open to the public. The other 150-hectare are mainly forested area. It may not be listed in the top 10 biggest parks in the world but it’s spacious enough to house a diverse variety of flowers, trees and grasses all throughout the year. We went in the early days of September just right after the summer season so we’ve only seen some of the flowers in bloom but I still find it stunning.

Miharashi No Oka

My favorite of all is this landscape of Kochia plants covering most of the Miharashi No Oka or Miharashi Hill. From early July to early September, you’ll see a landscape of green Kochias. In autumn, specifically from late September up to late October, these green plants will turn red. And if you’ll go by spring around late April to early May, expect to see a blue landscape as the Nemophila are in bloom! Isn’t it magical?

Miharashi No Sato

Just on the foot of Miharashi Hill, you’ll find Miharashi No Sato or the Field of Miharashi Village. Here, the Zinnias will greet you with their vibrant colors of red, yellow and pink. They’re in bloom from late July to early September.

Flower Calendar

A little after an hour or so, we went around to check the other areas in Hitachi. There weren’t much flowers in bloom because again, summer just ended. Usually you’ll find most of them in bloom during the spring season. Autumn season will not disappoint you as well as the green leaves start to play its magic and turn themselves in the colors of red, orange and yellow. For your reference, here’s the flower calendar published in their official website.

🌐 Source: http://en.hitachikaihin.jp

Daisogen

Daisogen is a vast grassland area in the middle of the park.

There are biking lanes around so it would be a perfect treat for families with little kids trying to learn how to ride the bicycle. In our case, it was perfect for bae to practice his biking skills. Tee-hee!

We were lucky enough to catch the Pampas Grass too! Serenity at its finest!

Rinkan Athletic Hiroba

Just nearby, you’d find the athletic plaza in the forest also known as the Rinkan Athletic Hiroba. A BBQ plaza was also nearby but unfortunately it was closed when we went over to check it. There are tables around so I bet you can take time to sit around, eat your packed lunch and enjoy the sounds of the chirping birds and the whispers of the wind.

The earth sing songs to those who is willing to listen.

By now, I guess you have an idea what to expect in Hitachi Seaside Park. In as much as I want to share more pictures with you, I don’t want to spoil the excitement you’d feel and the pleasure of seeing it with your own real eyes. And to be honest, we don’t really took enough pictures that day because we just wanna live in the moment. There’s an amusement park as well if I missed telling you that earlier. So it’s definitely something I’d recommend to every person reading this.

PARK INFORMATION

🕤 Park Hours

09:30 – 17:00   March 1 – July 20; September 1 – October 31

09:30 – 18:00   July 21 – August 31

09:30 – 16:30   November 1 – February 28

Note:

  • The park is closed when Japanese National Holiday falls on a Monday and the day after it, Tuesday.
  • The park is closed on December 31st.

🎟 Admission Fees

Adults (15-64 yrs old) – 410 JPY (approx. Php 185)

Children (7-14 yrs old) – 80 JPY (approx. Php 35)

Seniors ( 65 yrs old & above) – 210 JPY (approx. Php 95)

Note:

  •  Entrance Fees are free for children ages 6yrs old and below.
  • There are admission discount for groups of 20 persons and above (adults, seniors and children combined). 290 JPY (for adults), 50 JPY (for children) and 210 JPY ( for seniors).
  • Annual passport is also available if you wish to visit anytime within a year from the date of purchase. It costs 4,100 JPY (for adults), 800 JPY (for children) and 2,100 JPY (for seniors).

HOW TO GET AROUND

Getting around the park by foot is an option you don’t want to choose. You’ve read about it already earlier. The park is around 200 hectares. That’s about 200x the size of a football field! So now you remember, I mentioned about biking lanes.

🚲 Via Cycling Course

So yes, biking is one of the ways to get around Hitachi Seaside Park. You can rent out bicycles for only 400 JPY / 3 hours (approx. Php 180) for adults and 250 JPY / 3 hours (approx. Php 110) for children. 3 hours is more than enough. If in case you extend more than the alloted number of hours, you just have to pay 50 JPY / extra hour (approx. Php 20) for adults and 20 JPY / extra hour (approx. Php 10) for children. But take note that you are only limited to bike along the cycling course around the park. Should you want to visit the attractions like Miharashi Hill etc., there are nearby parking areas for bicycles.

🚂 Via Seaside Train

Another option would be to buy a 1-Day train pass for 500 JPY (approx. Php 225). The train ride around the park takes about 40 minutes in total, with 10 stops along the way. You may get on and off the train for as long as you like.

HOW TO GET THERE

🚌 Via Bus

The easiest way to go to Hitachi Seaside Park would be by bus. Ibaraki Kotsu Highway Express goes straight from Tokyo Station to Hitachi Seaside Park.

From Tokyo Station, head to the Yaesu South Exit. You’ll find JR Expressway Bus Station when you walk outside for about 2 minutes. Buy your tickets first from the ticket sales office just in front of the bus terminal. The one-way fare to Hitachi costs 2,100 JPY (approx. Php 950) while the roundtrip fare costs 3,800 JPY (approx. Php 1,710). RT ticket is the cheaper option. When you already have your ticket, line up in Bus Terminal No. 8. The bus leaves at 10:30 AM daily and it will take you about 2 hours to reach Hitachi Seaside Park. 

Take note though that Hitachi is not the last stop. So make sure to listen to the recorded announcement or download an offline map to keep track of your location. There’s an onboard wifi as well so you can check Google Maps. For your convenience, take a screenshot of the gate below. This will let you know if you’re ready to get off the bus.

🚅 Via Train

The park opens at 9:30 AM. So if you want to go there earlier than 12:30 PM (because direct bus to Hitachi departs by 10:30 AM), your best option would be to take the train. There is a Limited Express Hitachi train from Ueno Station to Katsuta Station around 3,800 JPY (around Php 1,715) / one-way fare. You can choose the cheaper option from Ueno Station to Mito Station via local train that costs around 2,270 JPY (approx. Php 1,025) / one-way fare and then transfer to a local train bound to Katsuta Station. Then from Katsuta Station, alight Ibarakikotsu Bus that will pass by Hitachi Seaside Park

Thank you for reading.

Enjoy your trip when you get there! Tag me in your photos! I wanna see how the park looks like in all seasons. 😉

P.S. Leave no trace but memories.

With Love,

Danica

 


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