Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka: Hours, Address, Hitachi Seaside Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Hitachi Seaside Park
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens • Playgrounds
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Located in the area facing the Pacific Ocean in the city of Hitachinaka, Hitachi Seaside Park offers beautiful flowers in its well-kept, large gardens throughout the year. In spring, narcissuses, tulips and nemophila (baby blue eyes) attract lots of visitors. In early summer, poppies and roses, and in summer, zinnias and sunflowers, bloom. In autumn, you can enjoy kochia (summer cypress) and cosmos flowers. In winter, ice tulips can be seen, making for a rich complement of flora throughout the year. The Pleasure Garden, which features over 25 rides and attractions, includes a Ferris Wheel sitting 100m above sea level and offering outstanding views. Other destinations that allow you to enjoy nature include the Rinkan Athletic Grounds, Barbecue Zone, and Cycling Course.
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
Oct 2019
We went early October, and there definitely was an element of disappointment in not being able to see kochias at their peak as shown in the pictures, but thankfully the kochias had started changing color sufficiently that we got to see a gradient of colors and it still looked very beautiful and picturesque. Apart from the mounds where the Kochia fields are, there are nice trails through the woods as well as trampoline for kids. The peak time for kochias is mid-October. The “Kochia festival” starts at September end itself though, which caused confusion and had us believe the kochias would be at their peak. We then walked to the flower garden, which is nice too but not as spectacular as the kochias. I will let photos do the talking than type on plants.

To get here, take Hitachi Line from Ueno to Katsuta which is covered by JR Pass but unfortunately you’ve take a bus from there to park which is 400 yen each. It is definitely a unique attraction which makes the money justifiable, but it’s worth analyzing season you’re going as apart from few days in the year most of the year there is nothing interesting to see. We will come back in spring for nemophilias.
Written January 11, 2020
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Tharntip T
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand33 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Access/ transportation
1.Get on the JR train to Katsuta JR staion /勝田駅 (about 1.5 hour from Tokyo) and go to east exit of the station.
2. On the ground floor of Katsuta station, turn left and walk 1 minute to Ibaraki Kotsu bus platform no.2
3. Get on the bus (390 yen one way, pay on the bus when you get off). Take about 20 - 30 minutes to the park, depends on the traffic condition. Get off at Hitachikaihin koen Nishi-guchi (Hitachi seaside park west exit) . Bus timetable are below.
4. To go back to Katsuta staion, get on the bus at the same bus stop.

Ibaraki kotsu bus timetable
1. JR Katsuta station to Hitachi seaside park
9.00 9.20 9.40
10.00 10.20 10.40
11.00 11.20 11.40
12.00 12.20 12.40
13.10 13.40
14.10 14.40
15.10 15.40
16.10
2. Hitachi seaside park to JR Katsuta station
9.35 9.55
10.15 10.35 10.55
11.15 11.35 11.55
12.15 12.35 12.55
13.15 13.45
14.15 14.45
15.15 15.45
16.15 16.45
17.10 (only in October)
18.03 (only when park close at 18.00)

Other info
- Hour:
9:30–17:00 (March 1 – July 20, September 1 –October 31)
9:30–18:00 (July 21 – August 31)
9:30–16:30 (November 1 – end of February)
Note: Please contact the park for Golden Week hours.
- Closed:
Mondays, EXCEPT as below
Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday.
Closed on December 31 and January 1 and for 4days from the first Tuesday in February through the following Friday.
Please note that the park is open EVERY DAYduring the following periods:
Spring: March 26 – May 31
Summer: July 21 – August 31
Fall: October 1 – 31
- Entrance fee: 410 yen
- Bicycle rental fee (3 hrs): 310 yen
- Full day seaside train fee: 500 yen/person
- Address : 605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 312-0012, Japan.
- Tel. 029-265-9001
- Web: http://en.hitachikaihin.go.jp/
- Garden Map: http://en.hitachikaihin.go.jp/guidemap.html

Tips:
1. Kochias and nemophilas are in Miharashi no Oka (10-15 minutes walk from the west entrance)
2. Kochia festival will be held during late September to mid October every year (from my experience, the peak bloom was in early October).
3. For me, I took about 2-3 hours to explore the Kochia filed. I departed from Tokyo in the morning and went back to Tokyo at 3 pm.
4. During the Kochia festival, there was food stalls near to west entrance but long queue.Therefore, buying food from outside and preparing a picnic mat should be a good idea.
5. Toilet queue are long. Few toilets in the Kochia field area.
6. Do not miss Kochia ice cream.
Written October 24, 2014
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Natasha R
37 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
I agree with the other review. I went in late march and was really disappointed. The only things in bloom were a couple early tulips and daffodils.
However the park itself is huge and lovely. I was able to salvage my time by renting a bike and just enjoying the bike ride around the park. I would rate this 5 stars if I had been able to visit when more flowers were in bloom- I just wish their English brochure and website were more accurate as to when flowers will be in season.
Written May 19, 2015
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neminskii
Singapore, Singapore1,084 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I had come here expecting to see flowers but the only thing worth seeing were the kochias what were still half green.

It took a lot of effort to come here. There was supposed to be a shuttle bus from Ajigaura station to the park but the guy at the railway told me that the bus wasn't running today and directed me to take another bus. This other bus was packed full with people with luggages. It was an uncomfortable sardine-packed ride to the park.

The park entry fee was not expensive, only 410 yen. It was very big and had bicycles for rent for people to get around, but I decided to explore on foot. I found the kochia field but it was still half green. Other than that there are normal green trees, nothing much to see and no other flowers. Ate lunch at the open air collection of eateries and walked through some playground where a lot of Japanese schoolchildren were playing. There was also an amusement park with a ferris wheel and rides.

I had allocated the whole afternoon (about 4 hours) to spend at this park but I was done in less than two hours.

I think it is probably important to check the season of the flowers otherwise there is nothing to see. Just a big park and nothing like the pictures on their website. :(

How to get here:
1. Take the JR train from Mito to Katsuta (one stop)
2. Transfer to the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway, Katsuta to Ajigaura stop
3. Take the bus from Ajigaura to Kaihin Koen Nishiguchi (Seaside Park West Gate),

OR if for some reason the bus is not running (I don't know why but I encountered it)

2. Take the bus from Katsuta direct to Hitachi Seaside Park East Gate (400 yen)

If you manage to go via the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway, there is a special ticket that gives you an unlimited one day pass on the seaside railway and includes the entry fee into the seaside park for 1100 yen. Do drop by Nakaminato station to visit the fish market if you get that. It is worth visiting.

Bus timetable (I would like to put the URL but Tripadvisor blocks URLs)
Correct as of Oct 2015
Ajigaura to Seaside Park West Entrance: 0918-0929, 1233-1244, 1549-1601
Seaside Park West Entrance to Ajigaura: 1104-1120, 1419-1435, 1734-1750
Seaside Park West Entrance to Nakaminato: 1244-1322, 1601-1639
Written October 23, 2015
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HerAirnessKat23
Makati, Philippines87 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
Kochias are green colored but they turn red every THIRD WEEK OF OCTOBER. The side of Miharashi no Oka hill during pre-fall season is the best place to visit.

Two hours away from Tokyo but there is a Limited Express train that is not too crowded that can bring you there.

Ride Limited Express from UENO or TOKYO STATION and alight at KATSUTA STATION in Ibaraki Prefecture.

From Katsuta, you have the option to either ride the 400 Yen bus which has a very insensitive driver (because he did not seem to help us at all when we rode the bus) or to ride the taxi directly to Hitachi Seaside Park.

If you are a group of four or five, ride the taxi since it is more convenient and if you add up the 400 Yen each that you will use to ride the bus, then it is almost the same fare for the taxi plus there is not much walking needed if you opt to take the taxi.

If you choose to ride the bus from Katsuta Station going to Hitachi Seaside, pay the bus if you are getting off or you can buy ticket via a vending machine. 400 Yen.

Make sure to eat the soy sauce ice cream hahaha or try the hot tea in the restaurant near Miharashi no Oka area.

Prices of the tickets are available below.
Written November 12, 2015
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pRinCeSa15
Quezon City, Philippines23 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
The pictures of the park were great. But if you plan to go there during end of March or early April, you may want to reconsider because only the Suisen Garden and the Kinen No Mori footpath have blooming flowers despite the very huge size of the park during this timing. Yes, they are beautiful and still a sight to see, but considering the 2hrs travel from Tokyo, you're better off going to Disney Resort as they also have lots of beautiful flowers (pink tulips, etc).
Written April 3, 2015
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Nas888
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Visited this seaside park on the 15th April 2016. From Ueno Station take the Joban limited express with your JR pass. Get off at Katsuta station and take the No2 bus to the park (400¥ each way). There are tulips and daffodils in full bloom now and the hillside is covered with blue flowers (nemophila or baby blue eyes flowers), making it a beautiful spread of blue. It's like a mini Keukenhof although not as big or as elaborate. Entrance fee on 410¥ . There is also a theme park, suitable of kids. Worth a trip.
Written April 16, 2016
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totomai martinez
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates270 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
I am not sure why Hitachi Seaside Park is not that popular during summer. The greenery is equally beautiful too and it still has a surreal appeal. People tend to visit the park only during spring and early autumn. I must say, you are missing a lot.

Aside from the green kochia, there's also zinnias you can enjoy.

To all photo enthusiasts, this is your chance to use tripod as there's not much crowd during summer.

The easiest and cheapest way to go the park is via highway bus from Tokyo station (South Yaesu exit). Round trip costs 3,800 yen on weekdays and 4,200 yen on weekends and holidays. Take note though that the bus from Tokyo only travel at 1030 am. Last bus from the park to Tokyo is 1641 pm. Entrance fee is 410 yen.
Written September 17, 2015
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Suvit2011
Bangkok, Thailand129 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The place is huge so I suggest you take a tram inside the park. There are 2 types, one is a hop on and off tram which cost 1000 yen, if I remember correctly, the other one is an ordinary one we took cost 300 yen going and 200 yen back so don't be confused. We went on 14th May and neophila is in full bloom covering hills amazing indeed. Good place for picnic with kids and dogs running around on the huge space. Bus is not very frequent so plan ahead. Mid May is rather warm. There are places for lunch but we prepared our own.
Written May 20, 2015
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totomai martinez
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates270 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
Last May, I went to Hitachi Seaside Park to see the field of nemophila - I called the park Blue Mountain then. Recently, I went back to experience the blooming Kochia flowers / bushes and it was amazing. I was about to cancel my trip because of the typhoon but luckily I did not. The park is almost empty and I was able to enjoy the breathtaking view.

Kochia flowers are in full bloom from end of September to mid-October. And if you are in Japan, this is a must-visit. A prelude to autumn.
Written October 15, 2014
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