Rapeseed blossom spreading in one direction…
From mid April to early May the Suiha plateau in eastern Ehime prefecture is covered by 20 thousand rapeseed flowers.
Bathing in the sun, the yellow rapeseed flowers shine!
Among the backdrop of Shikoku’s mountains area, one of Japan top 100 mountains, Mt. Ishizuchi can be seen towering at the very end.
I continue along the rapeseed flower field while gazing at West Japan’s famous highest peak…
It’s around 500 meters from the parking area to the observation deck.
Let’s climb the last slightly steep stairs up to it!
This is the view from the observation deck!
While a panoramic view of the Shikoku region opens out, stretching out below is Lake Kinsha, a reservoir!
The best time to see the rapeseed flowers is from mid-April to early May, but from summer until early autumn lovely early-blooming cosmos cover the whole plateau.
Driving further up from the flower field takes you to the 892-meter high peak of Mt. Suiha, which offers great views of the Seto Inland Sea islands and the Shikokuchuo city area. We recommend it as a night view date spot!
How about a walk in the flower fields of the Suiha plateau where you can see both the Seto Inland Sea and the mountains of Shikoku?
Location: 306-1 Hiranoyama, Kinsha-cho, Shikokuchuo city, Ehime prefecture
Guide Homepage: http://www.shikochu-kankou.jp/?page_id=42 (Japanese)
Blooming season: Rapeseed flowers (mid-April thru early May), Cosmos (mid-August thru early September)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka
Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.
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