Located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture, the city of Toyooka has been hosting the Tanto Tulip Festival since 1992. The festival was the brainchild of a local farmer who wanted to display a variety of tulips in one place for people to enjoy. With the aid of other farmers, that dream grew into an annual festival held at the Tanto Flower Park in April for eleven consecutive days (Between April 15 and April 30).
The festival showcases one million tulips across 1.2 hectares. There are 300 varieties of tulips on display and the highlight of the event is a 100,000 tulip art piece whose subject changes every year. The subject of the art piece has ranged from images of pandas and daruma dolls to various popular Japanese anime characters. There are various booths set up at the park during the festival offering locally produced goods as well as local dishes such as soba noodles.
About 50,000 visitors descend upon Tanto Flower Park during the festival. Some come to purchase the rare tulip bulbs and pre-potted tulips that are on sale while others just want to stroll through the rows of colorful tulips and enjoy the early days of spring in Japan. Whatever the reason is for your visit, you will be guaranteed a good time along with fantastic photo opportunities among the tulips.
The Tanto Tulip Festival runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is an admission charge of ¥700 for adults and high school students. Children in middle school and younger are admitted for free.
The park is just a 30 minute bus ride from Toyooka, (Ebara or Yoka Stations on the JR Sanin Line).
Web page: http://tantosilk.gr.jp/tantodayori/4462