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Bihoku Hillside Park offers best views of seasonal flowers and winter illuminations in Hiroshima

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Bihoku Hillside Park was the 11th national park designated in Japan and the first in the Chugoku region. Head to the vast area for greenery, seasonal flowers, illuminations and more.

The Park

An extensive green space that makes for a great day trip option. Image: PIXTA/ TOMI

Covering over 340 hectares, Bihoku Hillside Park is an extensive green space that makes for a great day trip option. In Oshibafu Hiroba, you’ll be able to enjoy an 80,000-meter square lawn that features plenty of activities for visitors of all ages, particularly for kids. The area sports a grassy slope for sliding as well as an athletic course for little ones to challenge themselves. Head over to Hiba no Sato for educational experiences, including courses on how to make soba noodles, pottery and crafts using straw. This area has also preserved several elements of the region’s agricultural history and visitors can explore several halls and farmhouses.

If you’re hoping to spend the night, Bihoku Hillside Park has accommodations for campers at Bihoku Auto Village which offers cottages for those looking to sleep indoors and areas for campers based out of their cars. The park also provides several additional services to make your stay more comfortable, such as rental bicycles and electric scooters to get around.

Seasonal Events

You’ll be treated to one of the park’s incredible seasonal delights. Image: PIXTA/ きゅーまる

Depending on the time of year you make your visit, you’ll be treated to one of the park’s incredible seasonal delights. From early April to early May, the Spring Festival welcomes upwards of two million blooming flowers throughout the park. Check out the seas of tulips, nemophilas, daffodils and poppies that will cover the grounds. Those heading to the park from early July to late August will be treated to over 30,000 sunflowers, many of which have been arranged into a maze for visitors to explore. From late September to the middle of October, cosmos fill the fields and Shinto music fills the air. During the winter months and especially from mid-January to mid-February, winter peonies in about 30 varieties will be on display.

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