Hitachi Seaside Park ((ひたち海浜公園) is a public park located in Ibaraki prefecture of Japan. The spacious ground is covered with different colorful flowers and plants during each season. It is a beautiful outdoor space. The park is iconic for its Miharashi Hill, a gently sloping hill filled with green kochia plants. Every autumn, the kochia slowly turn red, eventually creating what looks like a stunning red sea.
This year, I was blessed to be able to visit Hitachi Seaside Park with some of my good friends. Although it was October when we went, the weather was wonderful with the sun shining in the blue sky. We walked through a sea of fiery red kochia and were enthralled by the colors. It looked just like a painting!
This is probably the most photogenic park I’ve ever been to. If you are a flower lover, you definitely want to visit this wonderful place!
Although it is a bit of a travel from Tokyo, Hitachi Seaside Park is a very worthy day trip to take. However, some good planning is advised to allow for a smooth experience.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
– Day Trip Guide
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How to get to Hitachi Seaside Park
To take a day trip from Tokyo, there are several travel options.
The best option is perhaps travel by car. If you are traveling with friends, you can easily share the car rental and gas expenses. Depending on traffic and departure point, the drive can take from 2 hours to 2 hours and a half.
→ The parking fees at the park is as follow:
Normal vehicle: 510 yen
Oversized vehicle: 1,550 yen
Motorcycle: 260 yen
*For those with physical or mental disabilities, parking is free.
From Tokyo station’s Yaseu South Entrance, you can take the Ibaraki Kotsu High way express bus. The journey is about two hours to the Hitachi Seaside Park entrance stop. From there, you would have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the park. The bus fare is 2,100 yen one way and 3,800 yen return.
→ The park is not the last stop so listen carefully to the bus announcement for “Hitachi Kaihin Koen”.
→ The last return bus to Tokyo is at 4:41 pm.
From Ueno station, there are two trains you can take.
- JR Joba Line to Katsuta station. The fare is 2,270 yen and the travel time is about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- JR Limited Express Train to Katsuta station. The fare is 3,820 yen and the travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
From Katsuta station, you can take the Ibaraki Kotsu bus and get to Hitachi Seaside Park entrance in 20 minutes. The bus fare is 1,200 yen return. Alternatively, you can call a taxi.
→ With a purchase of a round trip bus ticket from Katsuta station to Hitachi Seaside Park, your entrance to the park is free! Save your bus ticket to show at the entrance.
→ Get a discounted JR Pass for unlimited rides on all JR lines! It’s so convenient. You can purchase the pass here.
Hitachi Seaside Park ひたち海浜公園
605-4 Onuma Mawatari, Hitachinaka 312-0012, Ibaraki Prefecture
Hitachi Seaside Park West Entrance
Upon entering, you can see this beautiful wide open space.
When To Visit:
If you are looking to see the red kochia, they turn red on Miharashi Hill every year from early to mid October. October is the time for many other beautiful flowers like baby pink cosmos and white Nippon Daisies. However, it is great to visit the park all year round. Something colorful is always in season. Hitachi Seaside Park is also famous for its blue nemophila flowers that bloom in late April to early May.
Things to do in the park
Needless to say, the main activity to enjoy is admiring the beautiful flowers. Besides the must-visit Miharashi Hill, there are many other gardens. Make sure to bring your camera!
Nippon Daisies in bloom.
There’s even a pumpkin patch!
→ The park is a popular place for dog walking. Unfortunately, that means there are often dog poo on the ground. Be careful where you step!
Have a picnic
If the weather is good, the park is a perfect place for a picnic. You can buy food from a selection of food trucks and stalls. There are many benches provided. Or, bring your own blanket and enjoy a meal on the grass.
How about some pork skewers? Or Japanese pancake?
There are several cycling trails in the park. You can also rent a bike if you didn’t bring your own. They even have tandem bikes!
Relax on the grassland
There is a huge grassland area in the park! Bring a ball, a pet, and even a tent to have a field day!
Get your games on in the amusement park
The park also has an amusement park! A great place for kids and adults alike. There are several rides and game booths, but the crowning jewel of the area is the giant ferris wheel. You can ride to the top to get a panoramic view of Hitachi Seaside Park!
Other Park information
Discounts available for seniors and children.
9:30 to 17:00 (March 1 to July 20, September 1 to October 31)
9:30 to 18:00 (July 21 to August 31)
9:30 to 16:30 (November 1 to February 28)
The hours may be extended on holidays such as Golden Week and summer peak periods.
The park is closed on Mondays unless it is a national holiday. Also closed on a variety of scheduled days, check the official site for details.
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