Many countries worldwide enjoy four seasons year round. However, the spring season is one of my favorite seasons in Japan for many reasons. It’s not only a sign of a new beginning, but the warmer weather brings more than just a smile to people’s face. In Japan, it marks the beginning of cherry blossoms which can be seen almost everywhere you turn. As these pretty pink petals scatter across your path, it might brighten your day, now if you are a flower fanatic, then moments like these may very well be something out of a fairytale. Even though Japan’s busy cities are cramped and congested, local parks are like little nature sanctuaries for all you nature lovers out there.
But the surprises don’t stop there, April and May continue to grace us with an array of flowers to enjoy until the hot summer months settle in. But where exactly is the best place to go? Most cities have lush parks and wide grounds which are home to some of the most beautiful flowers and often looks surreal.
In Aichi, there are a number of parks and hidden nooks within the city that offer a peek at some greenery, but to really enjoy the view Anjo Denpark (Aichi), -which has over 3,300 different kinds of flowers and easily accessible from Anjo station is one of interest. Another is Hamanako garden park (Shizuoka) -which hosts seasonal events, has breathtaking views of lake Hamana from the 50m observation deck, rest areas, and a kids play area for a complete day of fun. Chausuyama plateau (Aichi) is another favorite, which is home to 400,000 stalks of a dazzling Shibasakura. Visitors will be amazed at the carpet hills in a rainbow spectrum of color. Flower fanatics are guaranteed to really enjoy the splendor of the spring flowers in these wonderful landscape settings.