Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki
During fall season, a lot of people get out from Tokyo to enjoy koyo (trees changing colors). There are so many places to see beautiful koyo, but I’d say Hakone in Kanagawa and Nikko in Tochigi are two of the best-known places for it, and even hot springs attract leaf-viewers. Of course, I’m not an exception! Well, for me, I’m not a city girl, so I get these itchy feet and want to get away from this busy metropolis and just relax surrounded by the nature any time of the year…
Anyway, since it was mid-October and still a bit too early for a perfect koyo, I looked for something different. Besides, I’ve been to Hakone and Nikko already, so why not check out a different place, right? As I was looking around, one picture caught my attention: a picture of a hill covered with bright magenta-colored plants called kochia (also called ‘bassia’ in English). I found out that the picture was taken at a seaside park in Ibaraki prefecture named Hitachi Kaihin Park. Without having a second thought, I decided to head out there. I just fell in love with the color at the first sight.
Pictures credit to my friend, Aya.