See a million nemophila flowers blooming at Osaka Maishima Seaside Park this spring

The park is hosting a month-long Nemophila Festival to celebrate the seasonal flower also known as baby blue eyes

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen
Staff Writer, Time Out Tokyo
Osaka Maishima Seaside Park nemophila
Photo: Osaka Maishima Seaside ParkOsaka Maishima Seaside Park during nemophila season at sunset

Every spring, one million nemophila come into full bloom at Osaka Maishima Seaside Park, creating a 44,000sqm sea of flowers. This year’s Nemophila Festival is already in full swing and is set to run through Golden Week until May 6.

Maishima seaside park

The flowers, also known as ‘baby blue eyes’, can be distinguished by their periwinkle blue petals and white centre. To celebrate the remarkable sight, the park hosts a month-long festival with special activities and seasonal merchandise. There's even themed food and drink like blue lemonade, blue soda ice cream floats and pastel blue soft serve for people to snack on as they make their way around the winding flower paths. 

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Photo: Osaka Maishima Seaside ParkOsaka Maishima Seaside Park during nemophila season

Aside from flowers and seasonal sweet treats, the park offers a variety of family-friendly activities. For the duration of the festival, the park is offering discount packages allowing you to save up to ¥600 on park admission and activities.

If you want to admire the flowers from above, try the 200-metre-long aerial adventure track 6 metres above ground (weekdays ¥3,400, weekends ¥3,700 per person with park admission). For thrill-seekers who prefer to stay on the ground, there's a go-karting track that you can race on for ¥4,000 per person on weekdays and ¥4,300 per person on weekdays (including park admission).

Nemophila Osaka Maishima Seaside Park
Photo: Kenichi OzakiNemophila Festival at Osaka Maishima Seaside Park

The park is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (last admission 4.30pm) and from 9am to 6.30pm on weekends (last admission 6pm). General admission is ¥1,500, but middle school and elementary school students can enter for ¥500.

See the event website for more information.

This post was originally published on March 1 2021 and updated on April 11 2024.

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