One of my favorite season in Japan is Spring. The weather is neither cold or warm which is good for those who are planning to visit Japan. And I know most of us are already planning what to do and where to visit despite crowds around this season. Shibazakura Festival in Hitsujiyama Park is one of the best place to visit during this time.
About 400,000 moss phloxes are in full bloom from mid April to early May on a hill that is around 17,600 square meters in size.
It consists of approximately 1,000 cherry trees, including yoshino cherry, weeping cherry, and double-petal cherry trees, planted in the park, waiting to blossom out in April.
There are also tulips around the park (which looked like a backdrop wallpaper in my photo). It was truly stunning - pictures don't do this place justice!
As much as I love the craziness of Tokyo, it's so nice to see the slower and more peaceful side of Japan. I somehow find it here and I definitely love this place.
The colors of these flowers were so bright and intense especially when the sunlight hits it directly.
There are also food stalls around the area which you may try while sitting and enjoying the view at the park.
Souvenir shops and some food stalls are also available outside the area.
How to get there:
Hitsujiyama Park is located at Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture.
This place is close to Tokyo which will take 1.5 hours by train. From Ikebukuro Station, take Seibu Ikebukuro Express line to Seibu-Chichibu Station from where it takes about 20 mins on foot.
To catch this in full bloom, you may check it's blooming progress for your reference.