Tonami Tulip Festival

Tonami Tulip Festival boasts over 400 kinds of tulips with over 100,000 plants in all and it certainly doesn’t disappoint!  We headed there last Wednesday, the first day of Golden Week!  Golden Week is one of the only blocks of public holidays in the year where everyone, including all the office workers, get more then 1 day off at a time ^^  4 holidays all fall together during May:  Showa Day, Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Green Day.  We decided to spend our day off in Toyama, a neighboring prefecture whose prime boasting point is the Tulip Festival.  Our next Golden Week adventure involved Nagano, monkeys, hot springs, Osaka and a road trip.  Look for updates!

The South Gate: Entrance to a flower fairyland!

The South Gate: Entrance to a flower fairyland!

Life-size tulip attack!  These children were having great fun dressed up for the first time this year in summer-weight yukata.  I don't know if the man in the costume was having quite as much fun!

Life-size tulip attack! These children were having great fun dressed up for the first time this year in summer-weight yukata. I'm sure whoever was in that costume was having just as much fun as they were.

The Tulip Tower - after 5 minutes of climbing and 15 minutes of waiting, the top of the tower showed us an amazing view of the park's flower beds.

The Tulip Tower - after 5 minutes of climbing and 15 minutes of waiting, the top of the tower showed us an amazing view of the park's flower beds.

Every color of the rainbow was represented at the festival, as well as crimped, double-layered, and miniature varieties as well.

Every color of the rainbow was represented at the festival, as well as crimped, double-layered, and miniature varieties as well.

The town is sister-city to Lisse, a city in the Netherlands.  These waterwheels came from Europe as well as a miniature windmill as a sign of friendship between the two cities.

The town is sister-city to Lisse, a city in the Netherlands. These waterwheels came from Europe as well as a miniature windmill as a sign of friendship between the two cities.

The view from the top of the Tulip Tower.

The view from the top of the Tulip Tower.

Tonami City manhole cover!  Another picture to add to my collection of artistic manhole cover pictures!

Tonami City manhole cover! Another picture to add to my collection of artistic manhole cover pictures!

You can see a live webfeed of the park over at the main website (Japanese only, sorry!)

~MS the Younger

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristina
    May 01, 2009 @ 19:45:27

    Wow, that manhole cover is great! Gorgeous tulips. Yellow ones are my favorites.

    Reply

  2. leafless
    May 02, 2009 @ 01:55:03

    The tulip garden is so lovely. Nature is the most glorious art form.

    Reply

  3. dalspot
    May 03, 2009 @ 19:58:15

    What wonderful colors. I love the giant walking tulip! :-)

    Reply

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  5. gerd
    Jun 17, 2009 @ 22:04:48

    You have so manx wondeful manhole pics!

    Because i am sure that i cannot see the manholes in reality, I will ask you for the pics for my private manhole pic collection with manhole fromall over the world.

    I am a german teacher in retirement!

    Thanks in advance for a response!

    Reply

  6. elizabethinslo
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 20:26:16

    Once upon a time I lived in Tonami for three years and I remember the tulips well. Your pictures bring back many memories.

    Reply

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