Japan is home to many breathtaking views, from expansive cityscapes to traditional temples and shrines. During the spring, natural scenery is by far the most popular. Even though cherry blossom season has passed in the Tokyo area, an ideal way to take in colorful flowers standing out from beautiful backgrounds is at the Fuji Five Lakes area of Yamanashi Prefecture, where you can enjoy one of the biggest blooms of the year. Here is why the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is among the most popular Golden Week destinations in the country.
The festival is typically held from the middle of April to the beginning of June. Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 will take place from April 16 to May 29. The most well-known thing about this festival is the sheer amount of photogenic places around the fields, featuring hundreds of thousands of the eight different types of pink moss flowers. In addition, the festival offers one of the clearest views of Mt. Fuji you can see. This means that for any landscape photographers or travel influencers, it’s the ultimate photo backdrop.
As the festival happens every year around the same time, you might feel that once you have seen one photo of it, you have seen them all. However, the organizers add different elements to the festival each year, so you can always be enjoying something new. Additionally, with Covid-19 restrictions easing, it will be a perfect time for many families to get out of the house and have a fun vacation.
This year, there are new photo spots, such as the yellow open door set in the center of a field of pink moss, with Mt. Fuji perfectly aligned to be peering through. There is also a Peter Rabbit-themed English garden and cafe where you can enjoy seasonal herb teas and a variety of pies. If you are looking for something else to eat, there is also a selection of food trucks and a neighboring dining area where you can stop for lunch.
As this is the one time of the year when you can enjoy this scenery, make sure you plan your trip in advance. It is a top choice for Golden Week destinations, so the best way to have your turn with all the food, flowers, and views is by getting there first. The optimal bloom is at the end of April, so it’s best to plan your trip on that timeline. Make sure to bring plenty of water, charge your camera, and enjoy some of the best nature that Japan has to offer.
Address: 212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0337