Hamura Tulip Festival

One of the great things about Japan is that there always seems to be some kind of festival happening, no matter the time of year, and no matter the size of the town. Out close by to where I'm living right now, in the Tokyo suburbs, there's a lovely little tulip festival that's held annually in April. It's something I've attended the last two years in a row, and I'll be heading back this year too, time permitting!
It was one of the first flower festivals that got me really interested in what bloomed when in Japan - I'm always trying to find new and pretty spots to view different types of flowers!
This year the festival is being held from April 5th until the 23rd, and the festival is estimated to have 60 different types of tulips and up to 40,000 flowers! I have to admit that before I had been to this festival, I assumed that tulips were tulips, and there weren't actually any sort of varieties - so it was interesting to see all the different types! Plus the colors are just magical!
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Getting there is about a 20 minute walk from the JR Hamura Station which is on the Ome line - if you time it right and get one of the Chuo/Ome line trains, you won't even have to change trains if you hop on at Tokyo. I'd recommend checking the website www.hyperdia.com to check the train schedules to make sure you're getting the best route! If you're wanting to drive there instead, which is what we did since we live quite close by, the GPS co-ordinates are: 35.759410, 139.303065.
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It's such a pleasant place to look around, and it's a way of feeling like you're in the countryside despite still being a stones throw away from the bustling metropolis that is Tokyo! There were festival vendors there selling food and drink too, so if you're looking for a bite to eat there are options!

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