Shimabara Hibaruyama Flower Park
Shimabara Tourism Bureau
In 1991, Mt. Fugen, in Nagasaki Prefecture’s Unzen mountain range, erupted for the first time in 200 years causing a massive flow of gas, ash and rock. Thirty years later, in 1991, Shimabara Hibaruyama Flower Park was built as a symbol of reconstruction from this natural disaster.
Set in a highly volcanic area, Shimabara Hibaruyama Flower Park (formerly known as Shiba-zakura Park) overlooks Heisei Shinzan, Japan’s newest mountain. Heisei Shinzan is a lava dome formed by the rise of sticky magma on top of the volcano as it erupted over five years from 1990.
It is now a magnificent and peaceful park where in spring you can enjoy a hanami flower-viewing picnic among sakura cherry blossoms and rape blossoms. In the early summer, you can see a colorful sea of flowers formed by roughly 5 million beautiful poppies. In autumn, about 10 million cosmos flowers and about 60,000 Sunflowers are all in full bloom. Year-round it is a beautiful place to take a stroll and appreciate the changing seasons.
10 minutes by bus from Shimabara Station.
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