Have you ever wished you could escape to an all pink whimsical wonderland? Have you ever wished such a place even existed? Welcome to dreams of Fuji Shibazakura — a springtime flower festival. In Japan, at the foot of the infamous Mt. Fuji, lies a breathtaking 2.4-hectare flower field where you can be surrounded by nearly 800,000 pink flowers, known as “shibazakura.” Surely, the flower festival is a surreal experience and a must-see for both nature aficionados and those who love all things pink!
Shibazakura means “pink moss” — it’s a special type of plox plant which grows quickly, alternatively referred to by the locals as “lawn cherry blossoms.” However, its tendency to spread across a vast amount of land is not as irritating as most types of weed growth — because pink moss forms a sea of bright pink! During the flowering season, mid April through May, locals from the Ryujin-ike (Dragon Pond) region celebrate the beauty of this humble growth with a festival, known as Fuji Shibazakura.
FUJI SHIBAZAKURA FLOWER FESTIVAL
At the festival, a variety of events celebrating the whimsy and beauty of the season take place. Various vendors from the Mt. Fuji region hold a food festival, so visitors can chow on regional favorites like pork buns, udon, and yakisoba. A photo contest is held to see who can capture the most brilliant range of colors with the majestic Mt. Fuji crowning the backdrop. Various stalls and stands sell merchandise celebrating the five varieties of shibazakura flowering at the site.
A two-hour journey from Tokyo, the festival site seems like an amazing, one-of-a-kind observance of nature, both eternal as the mountain and ethereal as the fleeting moss. We think it would be an amazing sight to see.