The Splendid Landscape of Fuji’s Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival is just one of the great reasons why you should visit Japan in Spring. It has been called Shibazakura (pink moss) not because it’s a family of sakura (cherry blossoms), but because it resembles the petals of sakura filling up the ground.

Shibazakura Festival

Our first visit to the Shibazakura Festival was too early. Not even one flower was in bloom, we tried to go home not disappointed so we just bought a very delicious tea being sold in one of the stalls. Last Saturday, May 24th, the weather forecast showed sunny and partly cloudy in Fujikawaguchiko throughout the day, which meant that Mt. Fuji would be covered with clouds at 50/50 chance. But we tried our luck.

Going to the event, Mt. Fuji gave the perfect unobstructed view of its majesty. I got really excited. However, on the side where the Festival took place, Mt. Fuji was completely obstructed with clouds. It was yet another disappointment but I tried to not think about it too much. Instead, I relished the splendid landscape of pink and white carpet on the ground.

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

There were over 800,000 stalks of shibazakura of five varieties planted on the enchanting fields of different hues — pink, lavender, and white. If you both missed the cherry blossom or wisteria season, the Shibazakura Festival will definitely make up for it.

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

It rained for 2 days straight before we visited the place so I’m quite not sure if that affected the overall appearance of the field as there were some bald spots. But hubby said it could be the season, some flower beds bloom delayed. On a positive note, the weather that day was perfect for taking photos. Not too sunny, not too cloudy.

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

We had Yakisoba topped with seaweed powder for lunch and taiyaki filled with custard cream for dessert. It was delicious!

More and more pictures were taken after our lunch, but we had to go home as it started to get dark. Our last stop was the wooden bridge to capture the overall landscape of the shibazakura. Although not in picture perfect situation — Mt. Fuji was obstructed, some flower beds were delayed, and the bulk of tourists — the beautiful lush of green that filled the background behind was already orgasmic.

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

Shibazakura Festival

I vowed myself to come back to this place again and capture the Mt. Fuji at its best. Not just that, there were a lot of interesting places around Fujikawaguchiko and hubby promised that we’ll soon spend a night in this beautiful place.