The Shibazakura Matsuri or moss phlox festival at Lake Motosuko is one of the most popular event in Japan. About 800,000 five-petaled moss phlox of more than six varieties bloom in the vast field creating a beautiful bright floral carpet under the foot of Mt.Fuji. These shibazakuras grow in white, fluorescent pink, red, rose pink, deep mauve, and pink-and-white candy stripe.
Along the flowers, there are food stalls, Japanese tea, foot bath, and photo souvenir areas available for visitors. Fuji Shibazakura Festival special frame post stamps, post cards and stamps are also sold in the post office.
To get to the festival, visitors can take the JR Chuo Line direct limited express trains from Shinjuku station to Otsuki station (61 minutes, ¥2,770) then head to Kawaguchiko station via the Fujikyuko Line (48 mins, ¥1540). There are also direct limited express trains from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko during weekends (132 mins, ¥2,980). Visitors taking a direct trip (not alighting at Otsuki station) can obtain ticket from the train conductor or settle the fare upon getting off in Kawaguchiko station.
There are special shuttle buses operated hourly between Kawaguchiko station and the resort (35 mins, ¥1,900 – includes roundtrip fare and festival entrance).
Fujikyu direct buses are available from Shinjuku station to Fuji shibazakura festival venue (2 hrs & 30 mins, ¥2,150). Alternatively, there are direct buses from Tokyo station to Kawaguchiko station (2 hrs & 50 mins, ¥1,700).
Keio Bus also operate direct buses from Shinjuku station to Kawaguchiko Station (1 hr & 45 mins, ¥1,750).
|Contact Info:||Address: 212 Motusu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru Yamanashi, JAPAN
|Event Date:||April 19 – June 1,2014 | 8:00 to 17:00|
Adult: ¥520 Adult: ¥450
Child (6-15): ¥210 Child (6-15): ¥180