A field of poppies in mid-May…
This is Hana no Umi, located in Sanyo-Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture.
There are pathways through the flower fields, which are located on reclaimed land that faces the Seto Inland Sea.
The sight of around 20 thousand poppies swaying in the wind looks like a masterpiece! The gradation created by the reds and pinks of the flowers is a splendid sight.
On clear, sunny days, the contrast between the poppies and the blue sky is just beautiful!
The best time to see the poppies is towards the end of May, but at Hana no Umi, you can enjoy different kinds of flowers all year round.
The best time to see the sunflowers is from the end of July through mid August, and there is even a maze that appears in the sunflower field.
The cosmos field is also very popular. The best time to see that is from early to mid-November.
However, the charms of Hana no Umi lie not only in the flower fields.
At the adjacent farm, you can also experience harvesting seasonal fruits and vegetables!
There are two types of fruit harvesting experiences available: The strawberry harvest (from late November to the end of May) and the blueberry harvest (from June 15th to the end of August).
Strawberries are grown in large greenhouses that cover an area equivalent to 3 soccer fields, and you can eat as many as you want without any time restrictions! You can taste and compare different strawberry breeds.
The same goes for blueberries; you can eat as many as you want for as long as you want. They are filled with anthocyanin, which is good for the eyes.
There is also a course available for making handmade sweets.
The vegetable harvest experience is popular as well. Harvestable vegetables change according to season, of course, but you can collect and take home as much as you can fit in your bag.
We also recommend the combined stone oven pizza making and vegetable-harvesting course, where you top a pizza with some of the vegetables collected and bake it in a stone oven.
Making a pizza using vegetables you’ve picked with your own hands is an invaluable experience you might remember for the rest of your life!
In one corner of the flower field and farm, there’s a café where you can enjoy soft serve ice cream and carefully prepared light meals.
The various types of flower seedlings cultivated within the greenhouses are sold to flower shops and home centers all over Japan, and there is also a direct sales corner.
While the new type of agricultural entertainment facilities offer a wide variety of experiences such as harvesting fruit and vegetables as well as making pizza, at Hana no Umi you can enjoy vast flower fields with poppies, sunflowers, cosmos and other flowers in full bloom along with the changing of the seasons!
Hana no Umi
Location: 3392 Habu, Sanyo-Onoda city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Guide Homepage: http://www.hana-umi.com/ (Japanese)
Blooming seasons: mid-May until late May (poppies), late July through mid August (sun flowers), early November through mid November (cosmos)
Admission: Free of charge
Season: June 15th-end of August
Admission: JPY1000-JPY1900 (several courses available)
Season: Late November-end of May
Admission: JPY900-JPY1300 (fees change according to the time period and day of the week)
Season: All year round on Saturdays, Sundays & National holidays (reservation required)
Admission: JPY1950 (courses with different fees available for elementary school students & infants)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka
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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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