Hitachi receives 1.4 million visits per year, and is renowned for its spectacular landscape and large-scale flower attractions, including one million daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, 4.5 million Nemophila Insignis blue flowers in spring, two million Cosmos flowers in autumn, and 32,000 Kochia shrubs (pictured), which change from green to red depending on the season.
This national government park has seven themed areas and an amusement park. It is managed by Parks and Recreation Foundation, and costs about five billion yen per year to administer.
Flower displays are popular park attractions, and Etsuko Takahashi of the Foundation (pictured below) presenting on ‘The Promotional Activities Using Large Scale Flower Landscaping in National Government Parks’ was presented at the recent World Urban Parks Congress in Ponte de Lima.
Also pictured is the Nemophila or 'baby blue eyes' covering 3.5 hectares on Miharashi Hill.