Festivals & Events
Fuji Shibazakura Festival 富士芝桜まつり
Fields of blooms grace the foot of majestic Mt. Fuji
- Around 800,000 flowers bloom each year
- The five different varieties of flowers that grow at the festival, each with their own unique coloring
- The footbaths, where you can view the flowers and Mr. Fuji while soaking your feet in hot water
How to Get There
The Shibazakura Festival site is accessible by bus from Kawaguchi Station.
If coming by train, get off at Kawaguchi Station, and catch a bus to the festival, which usually takes around 30 minutes. For those driving, the Kawaguchiko Interchange is about 25 minutes drive away.
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held in the Fuji Five Lakes area and closest to Lake Motosuko
Depending on the weather, the flowers blooming can coincide with Japan's long string of national holidays called Golden Week
Shibazakura are not cherry blossoms, but a variety of flowers known as moss phlox
A rare glimpse
While the blooming cherry blossoms are the quintessential sight of springtime in Japan, the majority of them bloom on trees. The fields of flower here are a rare site. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival draws in thousands of people every year, who marvel at this short-lived natural wonder of blooming phlox. The full bloom is almost always from mid-April to late-May.
Try to arrive early in the morning. Avoiding national holidays and weekends is also advisable if at all possible.
The Mt. Fuji Delicious Foods Festival
Coinciding with the Shiba-Sakura Festival, dozens of food stalls and trucks fight for attention as the park also hosts The Mt. Fuji Delicious Foods Festival, which celebrates some of the best dishes available in the area.
Try some local favorites like Koshu chicken giblet stew, Koshu Fujizakura pork soup, Fujinomiya yakisoba, and Yoshida udon, which is made using horse meat. You will also find here amazing sweets, including Fujiyama taiyaki and a Hawaiian specialty called malasada. There is even a limited halal menu, including Sakura soba and hoto, a hearty noodle dish served with chunky mountain vegetables in a miso-based broth.
A world of bright colors
You will be mesmerized as you meander through fields of different pink and purple hues, all with Mt. Fuji towering over the horizon. On a clear day, the blue sky and lush green tree line envelop the vast carpet of purple, pink, and white flowers, creating a scene that is well worth the visit.