Tulip Season Walk in Hanago OKADA

Apr 23, 2020

Tulip season is at its peak at the Hanago OKADA (Japanese homepage) flower park, and we are pleased to bring you this photo tour.

Based in Yuhigaura in Kyotango, Hanago OKADA (visitkyotango page) is only open for a few months every year, from April to mid June.

Tulip Season

April brings tulip season to Hanago OKADA and it is an impressive showing.

White tulips

Red tulips

The entrance to the park features a long path with pots of tulips on either side.

On one side there is also a long strip of tulips, a range of colors fill this border giving it a playful quality.

On the other side there are beds with tulips and various small bushes.

There are also some chairs and tables with umbrellas where you can have a picnic.

A pot of tulips and colorful tulip border

Fiery orange tulips

There are sitting areas amid the tulip beds

Near the top of the path there is a space filled with shiba-zakura.

These pink and white flowers fill the lawn and are surrounded by cherry trees.

The cherry trees are a variety that comes into blossom a little later than others, and each flower is bursting with petals.

Shiba-zakura lawn

The multicolored shiba-zakura

Cherry blossom in bloom

There is a swing at the top of the shiba-zakura lawn.

I wonder whether the blue flower carpet is supposed to reminiscent of the sea, making it a possible recreation of the “Yurari” beach swing at Hamazume beach.

The swing stood by the “sea”


Looking down on the shiba-zakura

From the top of the path you can go to the right or left. Either choice involves going up hill a bit, but the flowers, and the views back down are worth it.

The Rhododendron Hill

Tulip season happens to coincide quite well with rhododendron season.

The path on the right leads to what could be thought of as the rhododendron hill.

Called tsutsuji in Japanese, there are various types of rhododendron here, including the deep red kurume-tsutsuji and the bright pink mistuba-tsutsuji.

Looking up the hill at some kurume-tsutsuji

Close-up of kurume-tsutsuji

Rows of kurume-tsutsuji

Close-up of mitsuba-tsutsuji

From the top of the hill you get a birds eye view down on the shiba-zakura and the tulips from the walk in.

Looking down on the shiba-zakura

Looking back to the entrance path

Close-up of mitsuba-tsutsuji with the “sea” below

Following the path and coming down the other side of the hill there are some cherry trees.

While the main cherry blossom time is past some of these are varieties that bloom a little later.

A field of small flowers

Some cherry blossoms about to blossom

One of the later blooming varieties are the weeping blossoms. Here they are growing around a yellow field of rapeseed flowers.

A cherry blossom tree by rapeseed flowers

Weeping cherry blossom

Rose Garden Hill

The other hill leads up to a rose garden, where there are private seats and tables for couples to enjoy a quiet moment together.

Of course roses won’t blossom until June so there are also some tulips to keep it interesting.

A private table and chairs in the rose garden

Pink tulips and private seating

The path through the rose garden

The path coming out of the rose garden reinforces tulip season. As there are many beds and rows of tulips.

There are also lots of shiba-zakura, muscari, rhododendron and many small bushes.

Light pink tulips with shiba-zakura

Rows of shiba-zakura small bushes and muscari

Pale red tulips with shiba-zakura and small bushes

Rows of red tulips

Looking down on rows of flowers and the wisteria trellis

The tulips and other flowers give off an incredible scent.

There is also a wisteria trellis which should be blossoming in the first half of May.

Hanago OKADA has a lot to offer to flower lovers, and the tulip season displays were really moving.

It’ll be good to see how it changes over the season as different flowers come into bloom.

Reference Source

Website:Visit Kyotango