Ishikari Lighthouse forms the backdrop for the peak of the ‘Japanese-rose’ viewing season
Hamanasu (Rosa rugosa) or Japanese roses, the official flower of the city of Ishikari in central Hokkaido, are now at their peak in Hamanasu-no-oka Park in the city, where the Ishikari Lighthouse forms the background to meadows tinged pink with the flowers. The beautiful flowers and sweet fragrance are delighting visitors to the park.
The Hamanasu is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the rose family. It produces pink flowers 5 to 10 cm in diameter and grows naturally in almost all parts of the 46-hectare park. According to the Ishikarihama Coastal Plants Conservation Center, the flowers began to bloom from around May 22 and will continue to bloom until around October, but this is the only time when so many flowers can be seen at once.
The Ishikari Tourism Association encourages visitors to “take a stroll while enjoying the fragrance of the flowers, as well as the view from the top of the lighthouse.”
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