By The Nation
Taking place in the 2.4-hectare fields of the Fuji Motosuko Resort, the festival features 800,000 flowering plants in full bloom – and snow-capped Mount Fuji towering in the background. CNN declared the spot one of Japan’s 34 most beautiful places.
This year’s highlight is a Mount Fuji mound carpeted with pink and white shiba-sakura blossoms and the Pink Sea of vivid McDaniel’s Cushion blossoms.
The festival will be showcasing ground-hugging moss phloxes that overflow with flowers, while sakura cherry trees are in bloom. Visitors can feast their eyes on wide-ranging blossoms from cherry trees, eight varieties of shiba-sakura and nine other species of flowering plants.
Female visitors from abroad can further increase their enjoyment by wearing a rented kimono between April 28 and May 6.
During the day, visitors can soothe their tired feet in the healing waters of the Panorama Footbath and fill their tummies with local foods, Japanese sweets and other photo-worthy dishes at the Mt Fuji Delicious Foods Festival set up in the same venue.
The Mt Fuji Busking Festival will also be taking place on the premises with talented street performers providing hours of entertainment on certain days. Express buses will run directly to the venue from the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal in Tokyo during the festival. Tickets are Bt600 yen for adults and 250 yen for children.
Find out more at www.Shibazakura.jp/eng.