The Beauty of Shibazakura
While sakura trees display their beautiful, pale pink blossoms overhead, the shibazakura at our feet burst forth in vivid colors. These lovely flowers blanket the land in a moving display of natural beauty. We’ve carefully chosen some of the best shibazakura viewing spots in all of Japan. Join one of our tours, and experience these jewels of Japanese nature with your own eyes!
You probably know about sakura, Japan's national flower. But did you know there's another famous “sakura"? It's called shibazakura (lawn cherry blossom), because it spreads along the ground, forming a beautiful sea of flowers. It looks like an ordinary lawn when not in bloom, but come spring, colorful sakura-like flowers blossom. It's from this sudden explosion of beauty that the plant gets its name. Shibazakura come in a wide array of vivid colors, including pink, red and white. The flowering season begins in May, after the sakura trees' peak season. Come along on one of our tours, and experience firsthand the beauty of these beloved flowers.
Recommended Shibazakura Trips
At the foot of Mt. Fuji lies the town of Fujikawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture, whose shibazakura flowering season lasts from mid-April to late May. During this time, you can see over 800,000 blossoms in 5 different colors such as red and white, all in a 2.4-hectare (24,000m2) event space! The careful arrangement of the flowers evokes the image of a legendary dragon god from Lake Motosu, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. The majestic image of distant Mt. Fuji stands out among the flowers, and you can even see it reflected in a nearby pond. Along with the sight of a near-endless rainbow of blossoms blanketing the earth, this festival is not to be missed! The Fuji Shibazakura Festival lasts from mid-April to late May.
At Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park in the town of Ozora, Hokkaido, you can view the shibazakura as they bloom in mid-May to early June. The park is famous for its 50m high, 10-hectare (100,000m²) hill, whose slopes are died in a vivid pink. The view changes from the foot of the hill to its base, and it’s definitely worth comparing them! The Higashimokoto Shibazakura Festival is open from mid-May to early June. In addition to natural beauty, there are also plenty of events and local culinary delights that make it all worth the trip!
Takinoue Town in Hokkaido is home to Takinoue Park, where shibazakura in bloom envelop the park’s hill from early May to early June. The sight of these pink blossoms cascading down the slopes will capture your heart and never let go. The “Dowa-mura (Fairytale Village) Takinoue Shibazakura Festival” runs from mid-May to early June. There’s no shortage of entertainment at the festival itself, but the most popular attraction is definitely the helicopter ride. From high above, guests can marvel at the vast expanse of shibazakura unfolding on the ground. Seeing the hill come alive in a vivid sea of pink will surely make for an unforgettable memory.
The Chausuyama Highlands of Toyone Village, Aichi Prefecture, rises more than 1,300 meters above sea level. The roughly 400,000 shibazakura growing in this 2.2 hectare (22,000m²) area are at their most beautiful between mid-May and early June. What makes this display special, however, is its spectacular variety. Shibazakura come in six different shapes and colors, including pink, white, light blue, and indigo. Together, they weave a splendid floral tapestry known as the “Tenkū no Hana no Kairō” (Heavenly Flower Path). The “Shibazakura Festival” is held from mid-May until early June. Come along for some exciting events and a fabulous view of the southern Japanese Alps!