The Boso Flower Line is an approximately 45 kilometer long road that follows the coast along the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula between Tateyama and Chikura. Several flower farms and parks are located along the road. The area is particularly popular from January to April when nanohana (rapeseed flowers), poppies and other spring flowers are in bloom. The following are some of the more notable attractions found along the Boso Flower Line:

Tateyama Family Park

Hours: 9:00 to 16:00 (until 17:00 on weekends, national holidays and everyday from mid December to early March and during the summer holidays)
Admission: 800 yen
Closed: Thursdays from early March to mid December (except summer holidays)
This park offers several flower gardens and large poppy fields. About one million poppy flower are typically in bloom from around December through Golden Week in May. Paid activities include putter golf and flower picking. There is also a restaurant and shop.

Tateyama Aloha Garden

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Admission: 1300 yen
Closed: No closing days
The Aloha Garden Tateyama (previously Nanbo Paradise) is a large Hawaiian-themed park with tropical plants in numerous greenhouses. There is also a small zoo with capybara, sheep, emus, monkeys and birds, and visitors can feed or pet some of the animals. Not far from the entrance stands an observation tower where visitors can get an overview of the surroundings. In addition, there is a restaurant and cafe just outside the park entrance.

Nojimasaki Lighthouse

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from October to April)
Admission: 300 yen
Closed: during inclement weather
Nojimasaki Lighthouse was built in the early Meiji Period at the southernmost point of the Boso Peninsula. It holds the honor of being the second oldest lighthouse in Japan. Visitors can enter the tower and visit the small museum at its base. There are also a few walking trails around the cape with monuments related to the area and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Shiramazu Flower Fields

Hours: Varies depending on stall
Admission: Free
Closed: April to December
The Shiramazu Flower Fields (Shiramazu Ohanabatake) are a collection of small flower farms where various flowers are grown for sale and picking. A michi-no-eki rest area is located across the road of the flower fields with public facilities, such as free parking, toilets, and shops selling ready cut flowers and plants.

Senda Flower Fields

Hours: Varies depending on stall
Admission: Free
Closed: April to December (rest area is closed on Wed outside peak seasons)
The Senda Flower Fields (Senda no Hanabatake) are another collection of small flower farms where visitors can view, purchase and pick flowers. The fields are located at the Chikura Okoku michi-no-eki rest area which offers views of the ocean, restaurants, free parking and toilets.

Getting there and around

The Boso Flower Line connects Tateyama with Chikura. It is best explored by rental car. The nearest rental car outlets are found in Tateyama.

Buses run about hourly along National Route 410. A JR bus (covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass and JR East Tohoku Area Pass) connects Tateyama with Awa-Shirahama via the Nojimasaki Lighthouse, while a non-JR bus connects Awa-Shirahama with Chikura Station. While the Nojimasaki Lighthouse and Shiramazu Flower Fields are well served by the above bus lines, some walking is required to reach the other attractions listed on this page.

How to get to and around the Boso Peninsula