If you ask anyone for famous views in Japan, you are likely to hear “Mt Fuji” and “Sakura”. If you are visiting Tokyo between mid April to end May, you must head to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival in Kawaguchiko! The land of pink mosses with the magnificant view of Mt Fuji in the backdrop~~~ trust me, you will forget about your regret of missing the real sakura season. 🙂
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is an annual event in Kawaguchiko where 800,000 pink and white Shibazakura (a.k.a “lawn cherry”, “moss Plox”) bloom on this landscape at the base of Mt Fuji, forming a postcard perfect view. There is also a food fair (similar to our food pasar malam) next to the main site and stalls selling seasonal sakura-related food and merchandise.
Highly recommended for beautiful instagram shots in the breezy spring, especially if you have not seen Mt Fuji!
Great weather…pink landscape…and Mt Fuji in the backdrop! ?
At its best view in May!
The finale look on the last day.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Address: At Kawaguchiko, 3km from lake Motosu to Fujinomiya alongside of route 139.
Directions: From Kawaguchiko Station, take a 30mins Shibazakura liner to the festival site. Other forms of transport mode to the site can be found at the main website of the festival.
Detailed information of the Fuji Shibazakura Festival: http://www.shibazakura.jp/eng/
- There are small lockers found at the festival site which can accommodate cabin size luggage. Don’t worry if you are lugging your luggage to the site from airport like us!
- It is quite breezy at the site, bring along a thin cardigan.
- The japanese website http://www.fujiyama-navi.jp/mtfuji-flower/index/page/2/#panorama will show you daily live cam of the shibazakura view. I managed to visit the festival one day prior to closing; it was still beautiful no doubt with much lesser live shibazakura. So I figured the optimal viewing period would in beginning of May.
- Travelling time to Kawaguchiko takes around 2.5 hours from Tokyo. I would recommend you to stay in Kawaguchiko for a night to enjoy the Mt Fuji view.