From Hokkaido tulip flowers at Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park to Sakura Tulip Festa in Chiba to Tonami Tulip Park in Toyama and Huis Ten Bosch, Japan is practically one big tulip bed in the spring months.
Tulips, the striking flowers that are usually associated with the Netherlands, are incredibly popular in Japan. The flowers tend to bloom in late April until early May, and there are various beautiful places across the country completely carpeted by tulips.
Tonami Tulip Park (Toyama)
Tonami Tulip Park is one of the most famous spots for tulips in Japan. Tulips are the official flower of Toyama Prefecture so here at the Tonami Tulip Park, they are truly celebrated, with around 3 million flowers.
Tonami Tulip Park is located in central Japan in Tonami town. If the seas of tulips weren’t enough to draw you to Tonami Tulip Park, there are walls of tulips where visitors are completely encompassed in the blooms, and an observation deck, where visitors can see the tulip flowers from a different angle and take in just how vast and impressive the tulips are.
The Tonami Tulip fair lasts for about two weeks, starting in mid-April. During the fair visitors can also enjoy live stage performances and various additional tulip displays.
Admission to the tulip fair is 1300 yen.
Tonami Tulip Park is a 15-minute walk from Tonami Station, on the JR Johana Line.
It is possible to come to Tonami Tulip Park on a day trip or overnight trip from Tokyo. Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin-Takaoka, and from there you can take the JR Johana Line. The journey is 4 hours.
Sakura Tulip Festa at Sakura Oldness and Open Space (Chiba)
From late March to late April, the Sakura Oldness and Open Space park hold the Sakura Tulip Festa where visitors will encounter a tulip bed with seas of red, yellow, white, and blush blooms.
With a tulip bed of around 600,000 flowers, Sakura Tulip Festa is not to be missed. The gorgeous park not only provides plenty of photo opportunities, but it is also a lovely place to take in some beautiful scenery and get outside to enjoy the fresh spring air.
There is a Dutch-style windmill adding to the atmosphere and plenty of different activities for visitors to enjoy. There is a sightseeing boat on Inbanuma lake, rental bicycles, a bungee and trampoline play area, Dutch street organ performances, an array of food vendors and omiyage souvenirs, and rental Dutch traditional wear, so there is something for everyone!
Anyone looking to get their hands stuck in the mud can enjoy digging out tulips!
It makes a great day trip from Tokyo city, as it is somewhere that can easily be accessed in just over an hour, and who can resist these gorgeous blooms.
The closest station is Keisei Sakura Station, which takes around an hour to get to from Nippori Station in central Tokyo.
During the festival season, there is a shuttle bus from the North Exit of Keisei Sakura Station. Alternatively, Sakura Tulip Festa is a 10-minute taxi ride from the station.
Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)
Huis Ten Bosch is an exciting theme park, named after one of the residences of the Dutch Royal Family, recreating a Dutch town. Of course, it’s going to have some stunning tulip displays – with around 1 million tulip flowers, and 700 varieties too!
There is a tulip festival at Huis Ten Bosch which runs from around mid-March to early April. There is a large tulip bed called Bastion with over 100,000 flowers, as well as a flower road with windmills, a flower square, a palace surrounded by tulips, and illuminated night tulips.
With tulips, attractions, exhibits that combine tulips and art, and delicious food, there is a lot at Huis Ten Bosch to keep visitors entertained all day long.
A 1-day ticket to Huis Ten Bosch is 7000 yen, which includes entry to the attractions too.
From Nagasaki Station take the JR Seaside Liner to JR Huis Ten Bosch Station which takes around an hour and a half.
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (Eastern Hokkaido)
If you’re on the lookout for Hokkaido tulip flowers, Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair is the place to go. The Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair takes place in Yubetsu town in Monbetsu district.
Since it is in the North of Japan, the Hokkaido tulip flowers tend to bloom a little later, so the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair usually runs from early May to early June.
The large tulip bed is an enormous rainbow tulip field that is very striking. There is a digging zone where participants can enjoy the experience of digging up their own Hokkaido tulip flowers. There is an electric bus that can take visitors around the park. Sometimes there are musical performances by youth in the park.
Admission is 600 yen.
The easiest way to get to these Hokkaido tulip flowers is by car. However, the tulip park can be reached by public transport too.
The closest station is Engaru Station on the Sekihoku Main Line, from there it is a 10-minute taxi ride.
There are so many places to take in the tulip flowers of Japan, since the climate varies along the length of Japan, tulip lovers can enjoy the early-blooming tulip flowers of Nagasaki in late March first and later enjoy the blooms in Hokkaido in late May.