In Hitachinaka City at the Hitachi Seaside Park, a vast stretch of rolling hills is jam-packed with the vivid crimson bushes that sway with the breeze, with whimsical Oz-like roads winding throughout. The tremendous 350 ha field is filled with 32,000 Kochia balls making a spectacular scenery at the Miharashi Hill in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture!

Outside of the park, kochia is more often gathered for the more mundane purpose of making brooms, but the park takes advantage of how spectacular it can be when planted in such abundance.

The park’s gentle slopes are full of flowering plants year round, often in enormous, monochromatic displays. The park is best known for two flowers, Nemophila (a.k.a. Baby blue eyes) during spring, and Kochia (a.k.a. summer cypress or burning bush) during autumn.

32,000 Kochia balls are planted at the miharashi Hill in June, and grow their size from 15 cm to 70–80 cm during summer. They gradually turn their colour from green to red from July to October.

In most of days in Summer, you can enjoy them in fresh green colour. The Kochias with gradation colours in green-yellow-red can be seen in mid to late September. If you wish to see them in fire burning red, visit there in October.

As well as kochia balls, cosmos flowers are in full bloom from early to late October, and fields are next to each other! It’s paved around flower fields so enjoy walking around those cute and colourful flowers and plants! The cosmos flowers come in several colors ,which makes the sight even more breathtaking.

The beautiful display of color is such a spectacle that many visitors flock to see Kochia Hill in September and October. The Kochia Carnival highlights the colors of fall. People can frolic amongst the 32,000 red Kochia bushes and millions of cosmos flowers that also bloom around the same time the Kochia turns red.

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