Shibazakura Festival

Sunday, July 31, 2016

One of the many draws in visiting Japan is having the opportunity to visit Mount Fuji. That's why I've got to pinch myself more than thrice to see if the majestic mountain is really right before my eyes. Mount Fuji or Fujisan, the highest peak in the whole of Japan, is considered as one of the three sacred mountains of Japan. There are a lot of places to see Mt. Fuji, including some viewing decks in Tokyo but we choose to go to Yamanashi Prefecture and directly to Shibazakura festival. I've chosen a cruise on Lake Ashi during my first trip, but sadly, I wasn't as lucky as this day.

I heard stories that they didn't even get to see Mt. Fuji until their third to fifth visit. Whoa! Lucky me I get to see it on the second round.

Crossed fingers, my mom and I were wishing that Mt. Fuji would show up. That is why when we saw it in the train, we couldn't help but take a lot of photos and videos. Whoa, the feeling of contentment and excitement is building up!!!

There are a lot of ways to go to Shibazakura Festival, but I suggest you go by train since city buses might end up stranded in traffic. We rode a Chuo Line train bound for Otsuki from Shinjuku Station. From Otsuki, we rode the Fujikyu Railway Express and stopped at the Kawaguchiko Station. Good thing, the fair is included in our 5 day Tokyo Wide Pass so we don't have to pay for the transport. The Kawaguchiko Station is a beautiful spot to see Mt. Fuji too. The restaurant in front of the station has the bird's eye view of the famous mountain.

We were welcomed by a really, really long line at the bus station outside Kawaguchiko. The only way to go to the site from the Kawaguchiko station is through bus, so we don't have a choice but to wait. Since we really woke up early, a lot of the restaurants in Tokyo are still closed. Then again, we don't have much choice but to buy the expensive lunch boxes in the area. I really do suggest to buy your necessities before hand as tourist destination shops are more expensive. 

The coolest thing I've witness, though, is that pulling the string at the right side of the bento box will heat up the food. Wow. Japanese people really are resourceful and smart. 

Because of the heavy traffic, it took us 2 and a half hour to reach the festival site. It's really unavoidable since the festival is popular and only happens during this season. I think any day during the entire celebration would be like this.

Yeap, Shibazakura is the pink flower carpet spread you've all been seeing in my pictures. At first, I actually thought that Shibazakura is a place. (LOL)

No words can ever describe the atmosphere that's brought by the festival. It's the perfect sunny weather and the perfect bird's eye view of Mt Fuji. The marvellous contrast of colors, and the cool wind breeze were all worth the money you spent and the traffic you've been through.

The festival is typically held during mid-April to early June. It is said to be the best occasion to get a good sight of the shibazakura since it's the only one that has Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. Approximately 2.4 hectares of land are covered with 800,000 shibazakura, and with the sight of the majestic mountain, nothing is more spectacular than experiencing it first hand. A food festival is also being celebrated in the site. I suggest you taste their regional cuisine called 'Houtou'.

It took us one hour to explore the area. Right after trying out their food delicacies, we decided to head back for Tokyo since the festival is closing at 5pm. We don't want to be stuck in a really heavy traffic.

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1 comment on "Shibazakura Festival"
  1. It's so gorgeous - the flowers and of course Mt Fuji! I tried Lake Ashi last April but I failed. :( So lucky you able to see it!!


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