Jupia Land Hirata

Jupia Land Hirata

A massive forest park of 167,000 square kilometers, featuring hiking courses, camping sites and BBQ locations that can be enjoyed as a day out or as an overnight trip. It is known for its 150,000 Shiba-zakura plants, and a Shiba-zakura Festival is held every year during their blooming season.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.vill.hirata.fukushima.jp/site/jupialand/(Japanese)
Contact

Jupia Land Hirata Management Department, Hirata Village

(+81) 247-55-3535

Best Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
ParkingParking lot available
Entrance FeeEntrance is free (Except for the period when shiba-zakura and hydrangea are in flower)
Related infoBest time to see seasonal flowers

Shiba-zakura: Late Apr. - Mid-May

Hydrangea: Late Jun. - Mid-Jul.
Access Details
AccessYomogidadake, Yomogida Shinden, Hirata Village, Fukushima Pref. 963-8201
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Getting there

By Car: 5 min drive from Hirata I.C. exit off the Abukuma Kogen Expressway

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