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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Experience the vibrant and breathtaking beauty of Fuji Shibazakura Festival - a must-see event for nature lovers!

Get ready to immerse yourself in a sea of vibrant pink and purple flowers at the Fuji Shibazakura Festival on April 16! This annual celebration takes place at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, where over 800,000 shibazakura (moss phlox) flowers bloom creating a breathtaking sight. The festival started in 1959 and has become a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. On this day, you can not only enjoy the stunning scenery but also indulge in delicious local food, participate in traditional Japanese activities, and even take part in a fun flower-themed photo contest. Don't miss out on this unique and picturesque experience!

History of Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival Dates

Fuji Shibazakura Festival Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Festival Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fuji Shibazakura Festival was introduced for the first time, showcasing the vibrant shibazakura flower fields against Mount Fuji.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tourism Popularity Grows</div><div class='timeline-text'>The festival achieved growing recognition among local and international tourists with its stunning scenery and delicious traditional food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Activities</div><div class='timeline-text'>In addition to the breathtaking flower fields, the festival included traditional Japanese activities, enhancing the overall visitor experience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of the Event</div><div class='timeline-text'>The festival expanded, planting more shibazakura flowers to cover a larger area and scheduling multiple events throughout the day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Photo Contest</div><div class='timeline-text'>A photo contest was introduced, encouraging visitors to capture and share their experience of the beautiful flower fields and the majestic Mount Fuji backdrop.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Fuji Shibazakura Festival

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit the festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The best way to celebrate the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is to attend it! Immerse yourself in the beautiful pink and purple flowers and enjoy the various activities and performances offered at the event.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a scenic hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The festival is located at the base of Mount Fuji, so take advantage of the stunning surroundings and go for a hike. You'll get beautiful views of the mountain and the festival from different vantage points.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try traditional foods</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Indulge in some delicious traditional Japanese foods at the festival, such as sushi, yakitori, and mochi. Don't forget to also try the famous Hoto noodles, which are a specialty of the Yamanashi Prefecture where the festival takes place.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take part in a workshop</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sign up for one of the many workshops offered at the festival, such as flower arranging or traditional Japanese crafts. You'll get to learn a new skill and have a unique souvenir to take home with you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch the fireworks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>End your day at the festival by watching a spectacular fireworks display over the shibazakura fields. It's a magical way to end the celebration of this beautiful flower festival.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Fuji Shibazakura Festival

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The colors are breathtaking</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Fuji Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) Festival is known for its vibrant, colorful flowers that cover the ground like a pink carpet. Visitors can enjoy a stunning sight as they walk through fields of pink, white, and purple blooms - it's a photographer's dream!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates Japan's natural beauty</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The festival takes place near Mount Fuji, one of Japan's most iconic landmarks. Not only do visitors get to experience the gorgeous flowers, but also the stunning views of the mountain in the background. It's a great way to appreciate the country's natural beauty.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>There's more than just flowers</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Aside from the beautiful flowers, the festival also offers delicious food stalls, traditional Japanese music and dance performances, and other cultural activities. It's a great way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture while enjoying the stunning landscape.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts about the Fuji Shibazakura Festival

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-content-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shibazakura is not a Sakura</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite its name, shibazakura is not a variety of the famed Japanese sakura (cherry blossom), but a completely different type of flowering plant known as moss phlox or mountain phlox.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-content-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are six varieties of Shibazakura</h3><p class='facts-content'>The festival features six varieties of shibazakura: McDaniel's Cushion, Scarlet Flame, Autumn Rose, Tama-no-Nagare, Little Dot, and Candy Stripe, each presenting a different shade of pink, purple, or white.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-content-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The festival showcases a majestic floral mosaic</h3><p class='facts-content'>A highlight of the festival is the ‘Mt. Fuji Flowered Garden’, where shibazakura flowers are planted in a pattern that forms a floral mosaic of a vivid image of Mount Fuji.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-content-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>You can view the festival from multiple angles</h3><p class='facts-content'>The observatory provides a panoramic view of the stunning shibazakura fields against the majestic backdrop of Mount Fuji. Visitors can also enjoy a close-up view of the flowers blooming near the ground.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-content-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shibazakura Soft Serve is a festival treat</h3><p class='facts-content'>Shibazakura soft serve ice cream is an exclusive delicacy of the festival. It's pink in color with a delightful floral aroma, and said to be inspired by the shibazakura itself.</p></div></div>

Fuji Shibazakura Festival FAQs

When is Fuji Shibazakura Festival?

The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is celebrated on April 16th every year. In 2024, the festival will occur on a Tuesday.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival Dates



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