If you're a flower-lover like I am, I suggest you go check out Hana Hiroba (Flower Farm). We all know that here in Japan, certain flowers only bloom during a specific season. So if you're looking for that picturesque feel of being surrounded with lots of different flowers, Hana Hiroba is a place you can visit. Currently, they have fields of cosmos (October to November), matsuba botan (from July to October), and sunflowers (from the month of July to November — yes, they have those summer flowers for a long period of time). For an entrance fee of 650 yen, you get to roam the fields of different flowers (depending on the month and season) ,plus you are allowed to pick 10 flowers of any kind (or five sunflowers) that you can bring home with you.
You can check out their site for further details as to what flowers bloom during specific months or seasons. Aside from the field of flowers, they also have a strawberry farm in which you can enjoy strawberry picking during the strawberry season.
★Website (Japanese only): http://www.hana-hiroba.net/
★Access: From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu-Tokoname Line going to Kowa Station (52 minutes). From Kowa Station, take the Umikko bus and get off at Purastikku Kogyodanchi Mae (20 minutes). From there, it'll take a 15-minute walk to get to Hana Hiroba.
Photos & report by Monica E. Doble
* 15 JTNC Travel Reporters are currently reporting from Central Japan.