Thursday, April 18, 2013


A blanket of rosy hues as far as the eye can see (Golden Week 2007)
Wow was the only thing on my mind when I caught my first glimpse of Shibazakura (or "lawn cherry blossoms", as they resemble the flowers from cherry blossom trees).  The ocean of pink, lavender, and white flowers that covered 2.4 hectares was truly a sight to see. Definitely something worth seeing before you die.

WHAT: Seeing Shibazakura (phlox subulata or moss pink) in full bloom.
WHEN: Late April to late May.  Usually blooming at 100% towards the end of cherry blossom season.
WHERE: All over Japan.  The photo abovie is from Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama Prefecture (2 hours by car from Tokyo) which was absolutely breathtaking, but if you go, I'd recommend the Mt. Fuji Shibazakura Festival (3.5 hours by car from Tokyo).  Seeing Shibazakura with Mt. Fuji as the backdrop would take it to another level.

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