Saturday, March 2, 2013

Moss Pink (Shibazakura) Blossoms at Hitsujiyama Park, Japan

Moss pink, or shibazakura, is a flower that grows close to the ground in brilliant colors of magenta, pink, and white. The season for moss pink, which is from late April to mid-May, comes after the more well-known cherry and peach blossom season in Japan. A popular way to enjoy moss pink is to go to a pink moss festival or park and see the various designs made by arranging the moss pink by color. One of the best places to enjoy the blooming of moss pink is at Hitsujiyama Park close to the city of Chichibu, in Saitama Prefecture.

About 400,000 Shibazakura plants of eight varieties bloom from April to May on the slope of the Hitsujiyama Hill at the foot of Chichibu’s symbolic Mt. Buko, creating an elegant carpet of pink, purple and white. Winding paths lead you across the surreal pink and purple hillside overlooking the city. The backside of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range offers its pointy snow-covered peaks as a backdrop and tulips adorn the the wide gently-sloped paths on your journey across the hill. Aside from Shibazakura, approximately 1,000 cherry trees, including yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, and double-petal cherry trees, planted in the park, blossom out in April.

Also see Flower Paradise at Hitachi Seaside Park and Ashikaga Flower Park, both in Japan

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Sources: Asahikawa Tourism, SEIBU Railway, Yamanashi Prefecture Tourist Association

3 comments:

  1. Very nice - BUT „Fuji-san“ can NOT been seen from this park...

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  2. I had been keenly looking forward to visit this park since last year. But im unable to find the exact blooming dates. Im in tokyo from April 2014 until mid may . Kindly help me with this years blooming dates or the best time to visit the park for pink moss. TIA.

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  3. Japan has a lot of attraction for visiting. I like this country about natural beauty. I have been visit in this country before my hawaiian tours with my friend. I mostly like to National Park in every country and cities. So I want to share tope National Park in Japan:
    Kushiro Shitsugen National Park
    Shikotsu-Tōya National Park
    Hakusan National Park
    Minami Alps National Park
    Zaō Quasi-National Park
    Oga Quasi-National Park
    Chōkai Quasi-National Park
    Suzuka Quasi-National Park
    Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park

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