Kochia Hill will surely blow everyone’s mind away with its breathtaking view. You can see fluffy kochia plants in two hills that make them the ocean of flowers. Red, white, and pink flowers will fully bloom during the spring and the hills will look like fluffy hills. There are many good activities to experience Japanese sweet pears and local dishes, too.
Traveling Guide to Kochia Hill
1. Witness how the locals planted Kochia
Actually, people do not plant the Kochia’s seeds. So, every June, people plant small kochia that already grow around 10 to 14 cm. There are more than 30.000 holes that are ready to contain the small kochia plants. After they put the kochia plant inside the hole, they will plant it manually.
2. See more than 30,000 kochia
During the Carnival of Kochia, you can witness the amazing 30,000 plants of kochia every year. The best time to visit this place is in the middle of October until the end of September. In this best time, many beautiful seasonal flowers will bloom at their full form. The Japanese food types you can enjoy in this place are various. They are including a lunch buffet full of sushi, grilled meat, and sweet dessert. You can find them in a famous local restaurant near the hill!
3. Pick the Japanese pear and chestnut
Don’t forget to experience the full experience of autumn by picking the fruits in the plantation. You can try to eat Japanese chestnut and pear. The Ibaraki’s amazing pears are so definitely the-must-try-fruits for you! There is also a factory named Kanefuku which sells cod roe that is quite spicy.
4. See the uniqueness of Japanese flowers plantation
The form of Kochia plants is unique. They are fluffy and fully bloom. This place is just a couple of hours from Tokyo. The exact location is in Ibaraki Prefecture. This place is indeed a special place when autumn comes.
5. Eat the delicious spicy cod roe
Around the area, you can also have a tour of a small museum where you can see the process of how the Japanese make spicy, delicate cod roe. You can try the product for free and if you decide to bring some of them as a gift for your family and friends, there is a gift shop available.
6. Go to the famous Yamasa Seafood Restaurant
There is a famous restaurant named Yamasa Seafood Restaurant. People usually go there to have lunch. The signature dish in this restaurant is the Japanese sushi that is so fresh and delicious. You can also try the grilled meats that are juicy enough in your mouth and also pick tasteful desserts. All of the food is at a buffet which all-you-can-eat.
7. Visit the beautiful National Hitachi Seaside Park
In this place, you can witness the greatness of thousands of flowers bloom perfectly. It is located nearby the coast and this is a big park. Inside the park, you can see two famous hills that are Miharashi Hill and of course, Kochia Hill. They are definitely the ocean of flowers that have colorful colors including pink, white, and red. Since the form of kochia plant is so fluffy, the hills look like a fluffy wave full of red, white, and pink plants. It makes everyone wants to take a lot of pictures to capture that breathtaking view. It will be a perfect photo collection in your social media.
8. Pick the Japanese nuts
After you enjoy the breathtaking view of the ocean of flowers, you can pick the fresh Japanese nuts and fruits. You can directly eat them or bring them a gift. A lot of recommendations will tell you to not miss Ibaraki’s sweet pears as the taste will be like no other.
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Best Time to Visit
Summer-cypress or kochias will blow every tourist’s mind away with its beauty. In October, the Mirashi Hill will turn into the ocean of flowers especially when the blue skies become the backdrop. You can see this amazing ocean of flowers that are full of red, pink, and white flowers. Visit this Kochia Hill or Hitachi Seaside Park in autumn when everything blooms perfectly. But, when spring is approaching, it is time for kochias to bloom amazingly. It will be a truly dynamic change from green to crimson.
Will I Need a Guide?
Just in case you need a guide, don’t worry. In this place, you will not only enjoy the beautiful flowers but also a lot of yummy foods. There are guides that are able to speak around 3 languages including Chinese, Japanese, and English.
How To Get There?
There are so many options in order to go to Kochia Hills. You can go there from the center of Tokyo until you reach Ibaraki Prefecture.
Kochia has its own Japanese name. In Japanese, kochia is also called “Houki Gusa”. “Houki Gusa” has a meaning which is broom grass. Why it has the meaning of broom grass? The reason is that the plant becomes the basic material of a broom. The first step people do to make brooms with kochia is to tie all of them in order to dry them. For the broom head, people use the kochia’s branches. Meanwhile, for the broom’s handle, people use the stems. People find it useful since the broom is better to have a handle that becomes one with the broom. In Japan, it is common to use the kochia’s seeds as a garnish in the food. The Japanese word for these garnish food seeds is known as “tonburi”. In English, people usually call it “caviar of land”, “mountain caviar”, or “caviar field” since the texture of kochia’s seeds are almost like caviar’s texture. Meanwhile, in Akita prefecture, people commonly call it as chinmi. It means delicacy. The texture is very delicate and glossy. The steps to make the seeds as food garnish are dried, then boiled and soaked. You just need to rub your hand to the seed in order to remove the seeds’ skin. Kochia Hill is definitely a must-visit place especially if you are into flowers or nature. Remember that the best time to visit this place is in the middle of October until the end of September. But, if you want to see the tulips and the beautiful nemophilia, you should visit this place in early May until the end of April.