20% of Kiyose City’s land area remains agricultural which makes it a great producer of crops such as wheat, cucumber, eggplant, spinach, carrots, and more. But every year, about 100,000 sunflowers are planted on a 2.4 hectares land which creates a  brilliant yellow field under the dazzling summer sun.

Vast field of radiant yellow sunflowers.

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Firework Festivals or Hanabi Matsuri are held all over Japan during the summer season. The festivals are participated by both local and foreign visitors because of the lively atmosphere and beautiful color display on the night sky. It is best enjoyed by enthusiast by wearing a traditional yukata, summer kimono or jinbei.

Below is a list of some of the 2017 Hanabi schedule:

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The Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり) or moss phlox festival at Lake Motosuko is one of the most popular event in Japan. About 800,000 five-petaled moss phlox of about seven varieties bloom in about 2.4 hectares 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 white.

2017 Season: April 15 – May 28, 2017

The moss phlox which is native to North America is called shiba-zakura (or lawn cherry in Eglish) because its flowers resembles to cherry blossoms, where both have five petals, and it is a creeper plant that covers the ground like a lawn.

05/07/2017: Almost all of the shibazakura flowers are in full bloom and at their best viewing. Despite the cloudy weather, Mt Fuji presented itself the entire day, creating a breathtaking landscape which indeed leaves an unforgettable memory.

The cherry trees around the resort were also in full bloom, providing a complete experience of sakura and shibazakura.

Sakura and shibazakura flowers reflected on the Ryujin pond.

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At Showa Kinen Park (国営昭和記念公園, Kokuei Shōwa Kinen Kōen), the flower festival starts with the cherry and rape blossoms in late March and continues until late Mayas as tulips, water lilies, and other flowers come into season. The festival which takes place for over two months attracts visitors from all ages as the myriad flowers creates a beautiful landscape.

2017 Season: March 25 – May 28, 2017
Free Entrance on:
April 29 – Showa Day
May 5 – Children’s Day
May 21 – City Greenery Promotion Campaign in Spring

04/17/2017: The cherry blossom in the park are already past peak but are still pretty to see especially with the gorgeous field of rapeseed planted near the Cherry Blossom Garden.

Vast field of fully bloomed rapeseeds.

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