20 Famous Flowers in Japan and Where to See Them

Japanese culture values flowers extremely highly - with our guide, get to grips with some of the most important and find out where you can see them for yourself.

The first flowering plants blossomed on the earth 140 million years ago. Today, they exist everywhere from the highest mountains to the deepest valleys.

Japan, particularly, is known for its beautiful nature and its flowers especially. Since ancient times, flowers have been culturally significant and remain so today, each variety possessing a special significance and mystique. 

We’re here to give you a comprehensive guide to each variety, plus information on where you can see them for yourself:

Flowers in Japan

Flower Gardens in Japan

Flower Delivery in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Some flowers bloom throughout the year, while others come to life for a limited time only. All are highly beautiful. 

Let’s take a look at the most important: 

Summer Flowers in Japan

1. Himawari (Sunflowers)

Meaning – Adoration, Loyalty, Longevity

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Photo Credit : Michael via Flickr cc

2. Asagao (Morning Glory)

Meaning – Brief love, Bond of love

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Photo Credit : Toshiyuki IMAI via Flickr cc

3. Ajisai (Hydrangea)

Meaning – Apologies, Gratitude

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4. Suiren (Lotus)

Meaning – Far from the one you love

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Photo Credit : Alexey Matveichev via Flickr cc

5. Kikyo (Bellflower)

Meaning – Unchanging love, Honesty, Obedience

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Photo Credit : Jonas Carlberg via Flickr cc

6. Shobu (Iris)

Meaning – Good news, Glad tidings, Loyalty

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7. Rabenda (Lavender)

Meaning – Faithful

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Photo Credit : Peter Trimming via Flickr cc

Autumn Flowers in Japan

8. Kiku (Chrysanthemum)

Meaning – Noble, Trust, Purity

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9. Kinmokusei (Orange Osmanthus)

Meaning – Truth, Noble person

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Photo Credit : TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) via Flickr cc

10. Kosumosu (Cosmos)

Meaning – Cleanliness, Love

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11. Akaibara (Red Rose)

Meaning – Romance

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Photo Credit : Chris via Flickr cc

12. Kaneshon (Carnation)

Meaning – Love

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Photo Credit : Malcolm Manners via Flickr cc

Winter Flowers in Japan

13. Amaririsu (Amaryllis)

Meaning – Shyness, Pride

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Photo Credit : Horst Schultz via Flickr cc

14. Ume (Japanese Apricot)

Meaning – Elegance, Faithfulness, Pure heart

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Spring Flowers in Japan

15. Tsubaki (Camellia)

Meaning – Humility, Discretion, Perfect love

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Photo Credit : Pony Lauricella via Flickr cc

16. Sumire (Violet)

Meaning – Love, Sincerity, Small bliss

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17. Momo (Peach)

Meaning – Fascinating personality

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18. Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Sakura is the national flower of Japan

Meaning – Accomplishment, Beauty of heart

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Photo Credit : Susanne Nilsson via Flickr cc

19. Sakurasou (Primula Sieboldii)

Meaning – Desire, Long lasting love

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Photo Credit : Chris Gladis via Flickr cc

20. Akaichurippu (Red Tulip)

Meaning – Fame, Eternal love

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Photo Credit : pallavi_damera via Flickr cc

Flower Gardens in Japan

In Japan, visiting a flower garden is a popular activity, used to unwind and reflect. There are many gardens open throughout the year, often connected to temples and shrines. 

Here’s a selection of some of the best: 

1. Furano Flower Fields

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Photo Credit : Chi King via Flickr cc

The Furano flower fields, famous for their bold and fragrant lavender plants, attract large numbers of visitors every summer. The Furano area is home to many fields open to the public, including popular spots Farm Tomita, Lavender East and Flower Land Kamifurano Farm. Though wherever you go, beauty is guaranteed. 

The area is also famous for sunflowers, rape blossoms, poppies, lupins, salvias, cosmos and lilies.

Best time to visit: May to October

Address: Kamifurano North West 5 line 27, Sorachi District, Hokkaido Prefecture

Entrance fee: Free

2. Tambara Flower Park

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Photo Credit : TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) via Flickr cc

This park is also famous for its lavender fields, with over 5000 plants to gaze at.  

Best time to visit: Summer 

Address: Tambara Kogen, Numata-shi, Gunma Prefecture

Entrance fee: 1,000 yen

3. Gunma Flower Park

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Photo Credit : TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) via Flickr cc

This garden is particularly famous for its tulips, irises and roses. 

Best time to visit: Every season

Address: 2471-7 Kashiwaguramachi, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture 

Entrance fee: 700 yen

4. Hitachi Seaside Park

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There are a variety of flowers in this park throughout the year, though nemophilia is one of the most significant, blooming in April to create a sea of sky blue.  

Best time to visit: April to May and mid-October

Address: 605-4, Mawatari Aza Oonuma, Hitachinaka-City, Ibaraki Prefecture

Entrance fee: 410 yen

5. Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park

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There are around 400,000 moss phlox plants and over 1,000 cherry trees in this extensive park. 

Famous for: Pink Moss

Best time to visit: April to May

Address: 6360 Omiya, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

Entrance Fee: 300 yen

6. Gora Park

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This park is a western-style landscape park, perfect for relaxing.  

Famous for: Roses

Best time to visit: September to November

Address: 1300, Gora, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture

Entrance fee: 550 yen

7. Nabana no Sato

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This park puts on one of the largest flower festivals in Japan during the summer season. 

Famous for: Cherry blossoms, Roses, Tulips, Hydrangea, Irises

Best time to visit: Every season

Address: Nagashima – cho komae Urushibata 27 , Kuwana, Mie Prefecture

Entrance fee: 1,600 yen (spring and autumn) 1,000 yen (summer) 2,100 yen (winter)

8. Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

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This park has beautiful flower fields, a Japanese garden with a tea ceremony house and the International Garden which uses a variety of soils from different parts of the world. 

Famous for: Cherry blossoms, Roses, Tulips, Salvias, Cosmos

Best time to visit: Every season

Address: 2-163 Ryokuchikoen, Tsurumiku, Osaka 538-0036, Osaka Prefecture

Entrance fee: free

9. Makino Botanical Garden

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The Makino Botanical Garden, also known as the Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, has many types of flora and fauna and is popular throughout the world. 

Famous for: Irises and various flowers

Best time to visit: Every season

Address: 4200-6, Godaisan, Kochi, Kochi Prefecture

Entrance fee: 720 yen

10. Huis Ten Bosch

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Many attractions keep visitors entertained throughout the day here, including an annual tulip festival during the spring and a firework competition. 

Famous for: Tulips, Roses 

Best time to visit: Every season

Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

Entrance fee: 4,000 yen

Flower Delivery in Japan

Sending flowers as gifts is an excellent and very polite gesture in Japan. 

If you wish to send some flowers during your stay, the following companies come recommended. 

1. 1-800-Flower.com

Contact number : +1-800-858-5039

Website : 1800flowers.com

2. Flowers to Tokyo

Contact number : +2-708-252-0065

Website : flowerstotokyo.com

3. Ready Flowers

Contact number : +6-1 2 8-282-5714

Website : readyflowers.jp

4. Flora2000

Contact number : +1-800-456-1797

Website : flora2000.com

5. Floris Hiroko

Contact number : +0-804-120-8746

Website : florishiroko.com

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