Most Popular Fukuoka Spring Events and Festivals 2019
Beppu Park Cherry Blossoms are exceptionally beautiful in spring. However, speaking of Beppu what do you think of first? Most Japanese might come up with “Onsen” (hot springs). Beppu is one of the most famous Onsen cities in Japan. It is worth to visit this city throughout the year to soak in the warm spring waters. But there is one more reason to visit Beppu in spring. The city and its main park feature nice cherry blossom spots. In this article, I would like to focus on Beppu Park and its cherry trees. This park is in the middle of Beppu city and easily accessible.
Originally, Beppu Park was built in 1907. After the Second World War, this park was requisitioned by the United States as a camp. After giving back Beppu Park to Japan in 1957, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force used it as a base as well. Beppu city got this park back in 1976.
In the middle of the park, you will notice a big Hinoki (Japanese cypress). People call it “Chickamauga tree”. The U.S. Army soldiers planted this cypress and many people consider that it is the oldest Christmas tree in Japan. Therefore, they decorate this Hinoki for Christmas every year.
Beppu Park features an area of 25,4 hectares. It is very huge, but there is no problem to get around the park because there is an entrance from every direction. On the east and the north sides of the park, there is free parking within 1 hour.
Beppu Park is very well maintained. It is full of flowers and greens. You will see over 690 pine trees which are about 80 – 100 years old. There are around 60 kinds of trees and plants like Camphorwood, cherry trees, and Japanese camellias. People usually enjoy walking, jogging, or laying down on the lawn especially during the hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) season. This park is an essential rest place for local people.
There is a monument of Mr. Aburaya. Kumahachi Aburaya was an important businessman in Beppu. Thanks to his great work, Beppu became one of the most important tourist cities in Japan.
You will notice a river and a lake in the park too. And as a special point, there is a wonderful bamboo forest. In the bamboo forest, you may feel another atmosphere from the other zones.
Dates (blooming period): from the end of March to early April
Place: Beppu Park
Address: 3018-1 Noguchihara Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Official website (Japanese only): http://www.city.beppu.oita.jp/sisetu/kouen_tyuusyajyou/03kouen_03-01beppu.html
Adult (up to16 years old) 300 Yen
Child 200 Yen
From JR Hakata Station to JR Kokura Station (Shinkansen (bullet train), to Osaka or to Tokyo) about 15 min.
From JR Kokura Station to Beppu Station (Express Sonic, direction to Oita) 70 min.
10 min. walk from JR Beppu Station
In Beppu Park, people can enjoy all day. If the weather is good, take your lunch box, and some play goods. The lawn is a perfect place to spend time playing and relaxing. Throughout all year you can see various kinds of flowers. One of the special occasions, when you should visit Beppu Park, is the cherry blossoming time. The main time for Sakura will be expected from the end of March and until early April. If you miss a bit the blooming time, don’t worry. It also feels great when you walk through in the scattering Sakura petals.
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