One of the best places to see Mt Fuji is Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival located in Kawaguchiko. While the majority of tourists who visit Japan prefers touristy places to view Mt Fuji like Hakone, we decided to go to a less touristy place. Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival is a great alternative, less crowds but you can still see an amazing view of Mt Fuji. We woke up very early so we can arrive at Shibuya Station before 6 A.M. In order to get to the Shibazakura Festival, we took the express bus terminal from Shibuya to the festival site. The ride was approximately 2 hours.
The Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival is located at Fuji Motosuko Resort. A few kilometers from one of the Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Motosuko. It is such a peaceful place as long as you don’t visit on weekends and holidays. This place offers a gorgeous view of Mt Fuji combined with the pink phlox mosses that cover the ground. This place looks like a painting.
The best time to visit the Shibazakura festival is between late April to early May. This is also the time when they are in peak bloom. The scenery you can see in this place is just unforgettable, it’s definitely a memory that could last a lifetime. More importantly, you need to check the weather and make sure that it is a clear sunny day before going. You’ll get a clear view of Mt Fuji whereas you visit on a cloudy day, you won’t see Mt Fuji.
Once we were done exploring the festival, it was almost lunchtime. One of my favorite thing about the Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival is that there’s also a food festival. The food that they sell also came from the Mt Fuji region. Some of the best-sellers are dishes such as Fujinomiya Yakisoba, Fuji-Yoshida Udon, Shibazakura Ramen, Fujiyama Sweet Bean Buns, Fujizakura Pork soup, and etc.
Once we finished our lunch, the festival area has also some cute shops. In addition, they also sell mostly Mt Fuji and Sakura souvenirs. It is the best way to end our visit. Once we were done shopping for some souvenirs, we took the bus back to Tokyo and continued our adventure there.
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