Shibazakura – a pink carpet produced by nature

Shibazakura is a flower that grows thickly, covering the ground like a lawn. The shape of its pretty flower petals looks like that of sakura (cherry blossoms) and it comes in a variety of colors including different shades of pink, white, and light purple, with some petals having striped patterns.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival (Yamanashi Prefecture)

Closeup photo of shibazakura
Shibazakura consists of individual small flowers.

Near Lake Motosu, located at the base of Mt. Fuji, there is area where shibazakura grow. During the time when the first flowers bloom each year, the “Fuji Shibazakura Festival” is held. The view of Mt Fuji and shades of pink of the blooming shibazakura is spectacular. There are six different varieties and more than around 800,000 shibazakura, covering 2.4 hectares of land. Footbaths are provided at the venue during the festival period so that visitors can relieve the fatigue from their journey while enjoying the magnificent view. Moreover, the “Mt. Fuji Delicious Food Festival” is also held at the same venue, where you can taste local cuisines and sweets.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Venue: Fuji Motosuko Resort

Opening dates and times: From late April to late May 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Access: Approx. 2 hours from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko Station by JR Chuo Line or Fujikyuko Line. From Kawaguchiko Station, 30 minutes by “Shibazakura Liner” bus.

Entrance Fee: 13 years of age and up: 520 yen, 3 to 12 years of age: 210 yen, less than 3 years of age: free

The Shibazakura Festival in Shibazakura-No-Oka in Hitsujiyama Park (Saitama Prefecture)

Shibazakura-No-Oka, a scene of Shibazakura Festival
Shibazakura in Hitsujiyama Park

Chichibu City, Saitama, is located approximately 80 minutes away from Tokyo by train. “Shibazakura-No-Oka,” known for its beautiful shibazakura, is located in Hitsujiyama Park, which is on a hill that commands a panoramic view of the town. There are nine different varieties and more than around 400,000 shibazakura, covering 1.8 hectares of land. The gorgeous patterns created by flowers of various colors are worth seeing.

Shibazakura Festival in Shibazakura-No-Oka

Venue: Shibazakura-No-Oka in Hitsujiyama Park

Opening dates and times: From mid April to early May. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Access: Approx. 80 minutes from Ikebukuro Station to Seibu-Chichibu Station by Seibu-Ikebukuro Line. 20 minutes on foot from Seibu-Chichibu Station.

Entrance fee: 300 yen, free for visitors under 15 years of age.