Appreciate the Beauty of Japanese Nature with These 10 Must-See Flowers of Different Seasons!

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  • Have you ever dreamed of visiting a country that has four seasons? Japan is definitely one of them! When you think of Japan, you can easily associate it with cherry blossoms. But have you ever wondered what other flower varieties are found in this beautiful country? Flowers and seasons are intimately bound to each other. Here is a quick guide on some Japanese flowers that you would see in each season.

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    1. Plum Blossoms (Mid-February to March)

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    Also called ume in Japanese, it is a famous variety of flower that serves as a symbol of spring. In Japanese tradition, it is believed that it can function as a protective charm against evil. If you would notice, plum blossoms are usually planted in the northeast of the garden, the direction from which evil is believed to come from. You can see beautiful plum blossoms in Tokyo.

    2. Cherry Blossoms (Late March to mid-April)

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    Tokyo also has lots of cherry blossoms which look quite similar to plum blossoms. Popularly called sakura, it symbolizes clouds due to its nature in blooming. Its elegant beauty is also associated with mortality and acceptance of destiny and karma.

    3. Tulips (Late April to early May)

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    Tulips are simple and pretty. They are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. A tulip’s large flower usually blooms in spades with leaves in a rosette. Head out to Tonami, Toyama if you want to see a luscious field of tulips!

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    4. Pink Moss/Moss Phlox (Mid-April to mid-May)

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    The pink moss is a star in the Shibazakura Festival where about 800,000 of these flowers bloom in an expansive site at the base of Mt. Fuji. Take a trip to Fujigoko to catch a glimpse of this eye-catching festival of flowers that gives color to Mt. Fuji.

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    5. Wisteria (Late April to early May)

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    In Japanese, wisteria is actually called fuji. Its blooms are usually different depending upon the season in which you visit. Generally, wisteria is said to be at its best at the beginning of May. You might want to consider visiting the wisteria garden in Kawachi Fuji-en.

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    6. Roses (May)

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    If you love roses (bara), then you should definitely visit the rose garden at Kayoichou Park in Japan where there are a number of beautifully kept standard tree-style roses. The plants are in peak bloom from early to mid-May.

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    7. Hydrangea (Mid-June to mid-July)

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    Hydrangea, or ajisai in Japanese, are known as the symbol of the rainy season (tsuyu) accompanied with the snail. The Asukayama Park in Tokyo has about 1,300 hydrangeas for your viewing.

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    8. Irises (June)

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    Japanese irises or hanashobu grow in the wetlands and are widely cultivated in a variety of Japanese gardens. These are also abundant in Tokyo where you can enjoy looking at its bluish purple pigmentation.

    9. Sunflowers (Early July to early August)

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    The vibrant and strong sunflower is recognized worldwide for its beauty. In Japanese, it is called himawari and is also an important source of food. You can see a vast field of sunflowers in Hokkaido.

    10. Lavender (Mid-July to early August)

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    Hokkaido is very famous for its lavender season. This place actually has a favorable weather to cultivate lavender. Most of the cultivation is done in the small city of Furano. Visiting Hokkaido during the summer season would be the perfect getaway for you since lavenders are in full bloom.

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    Colors of Autumn

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    Colorful leaves (koyo) are the main attraction during Japanese autumn. Although not considered as flowers, autumn leaves surely bring out a new atmosphere around us. You can try checking out famous koyo spots in the mountains and even in the cities.

    Japan offers you an endless beauty of any season you would like to visit. You should definitely check out Japan’s flower gardens and take a quick stroll to instantly lift up your soul and become closer to nature. Visiting these flower gardens may be worth your while if the season happens to be right.

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