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30 Stunning Flowers in Japan's National Parks

Mountains Flowers Great Outdoors Shoryudo Golden Week Izu Peninsula Okinawa Akita Aomori Ehime Hokkaido Iwate Kagawa Kanagawa Kochi Kumamoto Mie Miyazaki Nagano Niigata Oita Okayama Shimane Shizuoka Tottori Wakayama Tohoku Kanto Chubu Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Hokuriku Koshinetsu Tokai Region

Milkwort (Mie)

These milkworts were also spotted at Yokoyama Picnic Site in April.

Keiskea Japonica Miq. (Wakayama)

These endangered flowers can be seen in Yoshino-Kumano National Park.

Dogtooth Violets (Tottori)

Mount Giboshi (擬宝珠山・Giboshi-yama) lies southeast of Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture.

Rhododendron Reticulatum (Okayama)

If you're planning on looking for some, you might want to know that rhododendron reticulatum are known as kobanomitsuba tsutsuji (コバノミツバツツジ) in Japanese!

Rabbit-Ear Irises (Shimane)

Rabbit-ear irises (Iris laevigata, or 'kakitsubata') hug the edge of Himenoga Pond in Shimane Prefecture. The end of May is the best time to see the pond’s 2,000-odd irises as they bloom purple-blue and white, with blooms remaining into early June. The Himenoga Pond Rabbit-ear Iris Cluster has been recognized as a Prefectural Natural Monument. Every year, local volunteers come out to cut the surrounding grasses in order to make it easier for the irises to grow. The pond is situated on the Kitanohara depression on the north side of Mount Sanbe. The area offers paid campgrounds, tent rental services and even kitchen-equipped cabins, and since the mountain is known as one of the darkest places in Japan, it’s also a brilliant spot for stargazing! Equipped with a planetarium, the Sanbe Shizenkan (a.k.a. Shimane Nature Museum of Mount Sanbe) lies at the base of the mountain, and offers stargazing events every Saturday. #NationalPark #Flowers #Mountains #大山隠岐国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #Shimane

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These cute irises can be found in Daisen-Oki National Park.

Red Spider Lilies (Kagawa)

These red spider lilies can be found in Kagawa Prefecture, part of Setonaikai Sea National Park.

Hydrangeas (Kagawa)

From the middle of June to the middle of July, Mount Shiude in the west of Kagawa Prefecture is covered in some 2,000 colorful hydrangea (‘ajisai’ in Japanese). Leave the doldrums of Japan’s rainy season behind by walking paths surrounding by flowers even taller than you are! A paradisiacal location boasting roughly 1,000 cherry trees, this is one of Kagawa Prefecture’s most famous cherry blossom spots, picked up all across the media when the trees bloom in spring—and many are further captivated by the mountain’s stunning view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea! Whatever the season, this is a spot not to be missed in Setonaikai National Park! #NationalPark #Flowers #RainySeason #Shikoku #瀬戸内海国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #Kagawa

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Blue and purple hydrangeas are emblematic of Japan's rainy season, which typically takes hold in June.

Fringed Orchid (Ehime)

This orchid can be found in Seto Naikai Sea National Park.

Roundleaf Chastetree (Ehime)

This vivid flower can also be found in Setonaikai Sea National Park.

Rhododendron Pentaphyllum var. Shikokianum (Kochi & Ehime)

Found in Ashizuri-Uwa Sea National Park, which stretches between Kochi and Ehime prefectures in the southern reaches of Shikoku.

Red Spider Lilies (Kochi)

These particular spider lilies were found in Ashizuri-Uwa Sea National Park on the southwest corner of Shikoku.

Kyushu Azaleas (Oita)

Kyushu azaleas (Rhododendron kiusianum) cover Mount Hijidake on the Kuju Mountain Range in Aso-Kuju National Park. Kyushu azaleas can be seen all over the volcanic regions of Japan’s southernmost main island. They dominate ecosystems that have been recently disturbed by volcanic activity, but begin to die off when grasslands experience forestation after the volcanic activity ends. Called ‘miyama kirishima’ in Japanese, their name comes from a botanist who visited the Kirishima region of southern Kyushu in 1909 and noted the azaleas blooming deep in the mountains (‘miyama’ means ‘mountain recess’ or, more literally, ‘deep in the mountains’). #NationalPark #Flowers #Kyushu #阿蘇くじゅう国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #Kyushu

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Mount Hijidake (平治岳) is located in western Oita Prefecture.

Mustard Blooms & Cherry Blossoms (Kumamoto)

Issingyo-no-Ozakura (一心行の大桜) is located in Aso-Kuju National Park.

Red Spider Lilies (Miyazaki)

Found in Ebino City, located in the north of the Kirishimayama mountain range.

Powder-Puff Trees (Okinawa)

The arrival of ‘Kachibai,’ the south wind of the summer solstice, marks the end of the rainy season on the Yaeyama Islands. When this south wind comes, the powder-puff trees (‘Sagaribana’ in Japanese) in Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park quietly begin to bloom. The flowers of this tree bloom only at night. Bunches of wild tufts dangling from each stalk, they look almost like fireworks. Many clusters of powder-puff trees can be found in the northern part of Ishigaki Island. If you walk the darkened paths in the early morning, you can watch the blooms dance in the wind, their sweet scent filling the air. Then, like descending fireworks, the blooms fall to earth as the sun rises. #NationalPark #Okinawa #Flowers #西表石垣国立公園 #nationalparks #nature #findyourpark #instafollow #japan #landscape #landscape_lovers #ourplanetdaily #landscapephotography #hiking #outdoors #traveling #travel #explore #Ishigaki

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Ishigaki Island lies in the southernmost reaches of Okinawa, just east of Taiwan.

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