The Chubu area of central Japan – known as Shoryudo, the "dragon-rise" region – offers you plenty of opportunities to see flowers and seasonal beauty of all types: Japan's top flower-producing prefecture of Aichi, castles and towns famed for their lovely cherry blossoms, and scenic seaside spots replete with flowers and more. Even Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya international airport), the gateway to this region, is a spot filled with flowers and greenery year-round. Make Centrair your gateway for travels to enjoy flowers and more!
Even Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya international airport), the gateway to travels to enjoy flowers and more, is a site filled with flowers and greenery. Centrair offers convenient access to Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and other destinations known for seasonal natural beauty – make it the place where you start and end your travels. An airport filled with flowers and greenery awaits you!
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Of all the beauty that spring brings, cherry blossoms are by far the most spectacular. From late March through early May, the "cherry-blossom front" marches north across Japan, creating spots to see the lovely blooms not just in Central Japan, but throughout the nation.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms that's synonymous with spring in Japan!
The Chubu area of central Japan – Shoryudo, the "dragon-rise" region – boasts plenty of flower-viewing destinations. From standard blossom-viewing sites to places of hidden beauty known only to a few, here are some spots to see, with Centrair as your gateway for travels to enjoy flowers and more.
In the heart of Nagoya, all year round, you can enjoy flowers such as cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, and roses. Well-loved by Nagoya residents, Tsuruma Park is a favorite place for cherry blossom picnics in spring. This lush green oasis is always popular for sport and recreation.
Flowering cherries, hydrangeas, roses, etc.
Okazaki Castle, the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, is in the park, which is a popular sightseeing destination. The flowering cherries and autumn leaves are famous but, at any time of year, you can enjoy flowers and greenery. One magnificent sight arrives in late April and stays through May: you can see wisteria flowers bloom on a trellis that supports the vines over an area of 1,300 square meters.
Flowering cherries, wisteria, autumn leaves, etc.
Within easy reach of Nagoya, the seasons unfold with natural elegance at Korankei. Above all, it is the premier spot for autumn foliage in Aichi Prefecture and a firm favorite with overseas visitors. Around November, the gorgeous bright red autumn leaves put on a fine show for the many onlookers.
One of Japan’s largest flower theme parks. Throughout the year, the plants put on a colorful parade that will delight your eye. The captivating park illuminations, lit from October to May, are among the most popular night shows in Japan.
Plum, cherry, and peach blossoms, tulips, cosmos, begonia, illuminations, etc.
Relatively unknown, this spot is still off the beaten track for overseas tourists. The growth of chrysanthemums is controlled by lighting up the nursery greenhouses in the evening. From September to November, from the observatory you can enjoy the mysterious glow of the chrysanthemum nurseries.
Chrysanthemums (in night-lit greenhouses)
Surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Ise Bay, and Mikawa Bay, the Atsumi Peninsula enjoys a mild climate. Spring famously begins at the tip of Cape Irago, when the rape flowers start to bloom in fields beside the lighthouse. From the end of January to the end of March, you can enjoy the Atsumi Nanohana Rape Blossom Festival.
Rape blossoms, etc.
Straddling the border of Aichi and Nagano, the mountain of Chausuyama is clothed with magnificent natural surroundings. From May through June, vast areas near the summit glow with mantles of vivid pink, pale blue to indigo, other colors, and fresh white: a delight presented by 400,000 shibazakura phlox plants. At other times, you can enjoy gold and russet leaves in the autumn, and snow in the winter.
Shibazakura phlox, autumn leaves, etc.
Buckwheat is a major ingredient of Japanese culinary art. Who would think that such beautiful flowers are mother to the harvest? In Nakayama Kogen, where buckwheat flourishes, from August to September you can see myriad white stars flowering in fields of soft green. Naturally, in nearby shops, you can enjoy the delicious taste of buckwheat noodles, known as soba.
The highlands of Hirugano spend winter under a silver blanket of snow. Here you will find Bokka no Sato, which devotes a broad space of about 4.5 ha to flowers. From spring to autum, you can see a broad spectrum of flowers and greenery successively shimmer over the land. The site also has an onsen!
Tulips, lilies of the valley, shibazakura phlox, roses, lavender, cosmos, etc.
Along Japan’s northern shores, daffodils grow wild only along the Echizen shore. From December to February, brightening the winter, about 15 million hardy bulbs brave the cold to adorn the cliffs with gold. This time of year is also the peak season for Echizen crab, which local connoisseurs call the “king of crabs.”