Dates / Hours
Saturday April 16, 2016 through to Sunday May 29, 2016
8:00 to 17:00
*The dates and hours may be changed, depending on the flowering conditions.
Entrance fees / Parking fees
|Individuals||Groups (15 or more)|
|Adults (middle school or older)||600 yen||500 yen|
|Children (3 or older)||250 yen||200 yen|
*The entrance fee may be waived, depending on the flowering conditions.
*Pets may not be brought into the festival.
|Standard vehicle||500 yen|
|Large vehicle||2,000 yen|
|Motor bike||300 yen|
*When the parking lot is full, we may ask you to park in the nearby temporary parking areas.*The roads around the site can become extremely crowded during the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Please use public transportation (trains, buses) as much as possible.
Fuji Motosuko Resort212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru Yamanashi
*The resort is not actually on the shores of Lake Motosu.
*Enter “Fuji Motosuko Resort” if using in-car navigation.
- If that does not show it, enter “Motosu Highland.”
- If searching by phone number, use “0555-89-2127.”
If your display says “Motosu Highland” you will be heading to the right place.
Parking: Approx. 1,000 spaces (fee charged)
Sponsor / Supporters
Sponsor/ Fuji Shibazakura Festival Executive Committee
Supporters/ Fujikawaguchiko Town, Five Lakes Tourism Federation
What is Shibazakura (moss phlox)?
Shibazakura (scientific name: Phlox subulata) is a perennial of the family Polemoniaceae, and a species of phlox.
From April to May, it blooms in small blossoms of around 1.5 cm diameter, in red, pink, white, or purple. Native to North America, it is also known as “Moss Phlox” Noted for the resemblance of its flowers to cherry blossoms, it is a creeper plant, covering the ground like a lawn, and thus it is called “lawn cherry” (shiba-zakura) in Japanese. This feature makes it a popular choice for edgings or ground cover.
Types of Shibazakura in the Festival
This Shibazakura cultivar has large flowers, with dark pink petals, giving it a strong presence. Native to North America, it is noted for its resistance to cold.
This cultivar is exemplary of white moss pink. The leaves have a yellow-green coloring, which makes it easy to distinguish this one from other varieties.
Even when the flowers are not in bloom, it gives off a bright impression.
Its rose-pink color has led it to be called the “Pink Shibazakura.” Willowy and elegant, full of feminine gentleness, it brings to mind graceful pink clouds.
The petals are edged with white borders, giving them the appearance of beautiful spotted patterns, like pink pinstripes. From a distance they look like clusters of crested ibis pink (dark pink) tinged with skin tones.
The flowers are a pure white, with leaves darker than Mont Blanc. It is an evergreen, with the leaves remaining on year-round. After it flowers, it looks like a green carpet. It is also known as Calvides White.
The “Oakington” part of the name comes from an orchid which displays a soft purple color. The petals are a dark red-purple, and seduces viewers into a world of romantic beauty. The center of the flower is strongly tinted blue, giving a sense of purity.
Sakura Leaf Rice Cakes
(Made with Japanese cherry tree (sakura) leaves, comes with special chopsticks)
- With more than 500 sold each day, this is one of the most popular Fuji Shibazakura Festival products, and has even been featured seen on TV! Wrapped in sakura leaf mochi, these delicacies feature a delicate aroma of sakura leaves.
- Fuji Shibazakura Bean Buns
- Sakura leaves pickled in salt are incorporated into the dough, with bean paste used to create a rich flavor. Made with 100% Izu and Matsuzaki sakura leaves. Enjoy the sublime balance formed from the saltiness of the sakura leaves and the sweetness of the bean paste.
- Fuji Shibazakura Kintsuba
- Bi-colored kintsuba made by frying a combination of Japanese sakura leaf bean paste and flavorful azuki bean paste. The two types of bean paste create a harmony that sings on your palate.
- Sakura macaroons
- Spring senbei
- Hoto and Yoshida udon
- Caramel sand
- Potato Chips