Mid Apr
Late May

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Moss Phlox Festival at Mt. Fuji

By Suwannee Payne    - 2 min read
Venue: Fuji Motosuko Resort When: Mid Apr - Late May 2021

The Fuji Shibazakura Festival occurs between April - May every year, celebrating springtime with the arrival of the moss phlox blooms. Its close proximity to Mt. Fuji and other attractions around Kawaguchiko makes it an attractive option for both tourists and locals alike.

What are Shibazakura?

Shibazakura, also known as moss phlox, blooms in Japan around April to May. Although small, these brightly colored flowers can create dense ground cover - resembling patches of moss from afar. Its Japanese name Shibazakura literally translates to “lawn cherry”, as the red, pink, white or purple flowers cover the ground like a lawn.

During the Festival

During the springtime, many Shibazakura festivals are held across Japan. The Fuji Shibazakura festival offers visitors a unique view of sprawling moss phlox fields with a picturesque background of Mt. Fuji. Eight different types of Shibazakura are spread across the festival area, with some blossoms encircling the Ryujin Pond. Visitors can also taste specialty foods from the area, such as Fujizakura pork that can only be sourced from specially-bred pigs in Yamanashi.

A visit to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is easily combined with the many other sightseeing spots nearby - such as Fuji-Q Highland, Kawaguchiko Panorama Ropeway and more. Find out more about what to do in the Mt. Fuji area, Yamanashi.

Getting there

30-min bus ride from Kawaguchiko station

2.5h bus ride from Shinjuku station

The official event website provides bus timetables for each of the different access routes.

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Suwannee Payne

Suwannee Payne @suwannee.payne

I am a Thai woman who has spent half of her life in beautiful Ottawa, capital city of Canada. I enjoy crafting, gardening, photography, bicycle touring and my new found love blogging. You can visit my blog (In Thai) at here It is a beautiful site. The name Ban Suanporpeang means 'Humble little village'. Thank you for dropping by.

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Relinda Puspita a year ago
I really want to see that beautiful festival.
Elena Lisina a year ago
The same flowers are in Hitsujiyama Park, closer to Tokyo. Beautiful!
Kim B a year ago
Visited this event a couple of years ago and it was beautiful! Definitely check the weather forecast before visiting - we had an overcast day, and were lucky enough to see Fuji-san before the clouds fully rolled in.
Mt. Fuji in the background completes the view of this amazing bed of pink flowers. Another must-see place!
Ekaterina Kasatkina a year ago
Unbelievable view! Amazing colors! Hope to see this in real life)