Nemophila, or baby blue eyes, are one of Japan's popular springtime flowers, and one of the most well-known spots to enjoy them is Ibaraki's Hitachi Seaside Park. There are many other spots where you can appreciate their beauty, including the ultra-scenic Yabakei Valley in Oita Prefecture.
The nemophila here are planted by the local community, and they blanket the ground in a stunning blue hue. They're enhanced even more by the rocky backdrop of Kyoshuho, one of the peaks in the valley. For those planning a visit, the blooming season starts around mid-April and runs through until early May.
For those who can't make it here during spring, it's also a popular spot in autumn when the leaves begin to change.
Due to the off-the-beaten-path location of the valley, it's best accessed via private vehicle. Take the Kusu Interchange from the Oita Expressway, and it's around a 20 minute drive from there. Free on-site parking is available.