Nijuisseiki-no-Mori Park (21st Century Forest Park)

Nijuisseiki-no-Mori Park (21st Century Forest Park)

Stretching over more than 80 hectares, Nijuisseiki-no-Mori Park (二十一世紀の森公園) is a true haven for recreation; complete with a tennis court, a baseball stadium, a skateboard park, and a family sports garden, as well as a variety of flower fields, trees and shrubs.

21st Century Forest Park is also a popular cherry blossom spot: it has both early-blooming Kawazu-sakura (which mostly bloom mid-February to mid-March) as well as Somei Yoshino cherry blossom trees (which typically bloom sometime between early to mid-April).

During winter each year illumination events are held in the park, and, during autumn, the bright colored leaves attract plenty of visitors. During the summer, sunflowers and rapeseed flowers bloom, so the park truly offers ways to enjoy nature all year round.

Venue Details

Venue Details
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Contact

Iwaki City Parks & Tourism Public Corporation

0246-43-0033

Best SeasonAll Year
ParkingAvailable
Entrance FeeFree
Access Details
Access110-33 Kamiasagai, Tokiwa Joban Yumoto-machi, Iwaki City, Fukushima pref. 972-8321
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Getting there

By car: 12 min from the Iwaki Chuo I.C. exit off the Joban Expressway.

On foot: Approx. 30 min walk (2.3 km) from JR Yumoto Station (JR Joban Line). There are no bus stops close to the park.

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Daihisan Stone Buddhas (Daihisan no Sekibutsu)

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