Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park 羊山公園
Pink moss and rainbow-colored natural beauty
Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park is famous for its shibazakura, also known as moss pink or phlox subulata. During the season when the shibazakura are in bloom, the park's hills are bathed in color, painting a gorgeous and colorful scene with Mt. Buko towering in the background.
How to Get There
From Ikebukuro, the Seibu Limited Express Chichibu train goes direct to Seibu-Chichibu station and takes around one hour and 20 minutes.
In season, there are more than 400,000 flowers
The park also has plum blossoms, cherry blossoms and tulips
The season to see the shibazakura is in late spring, from the time of the end of cherry blossoms through Golden Week. They typically bloom from late April to early May. Although you can find shibazakura all over Japan, there are few places where you can find as many in one place.
When the shibazakura flowers are in bloom, the entire park is covered with a carpet of pink, violet, and white. Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park has nine varieties of shibazakura. Its more than 400,000 flowers cover an area of 18,000 square meters. The flowers are planted strategically to create colorful patterns and on a sunny day, the reflection is so bright it almost hurts your eyes.
The park also has plums, cherry blossoms, and tulips. There are hiking trails throughout the park. It also has other features like a sheep ranch, a tennis court, and a pond. During the shibazakura season, enjoy the vendors selling festival snacks and souvenirs.