Shibazakura Festival

The Fuji Shibazakura festival is a truly mesmerising display of Japan’s natural beauty. According to Japan-guide.com in 2015, the festival will be held from 18th April to 31st May. The Shibazakura Festival can get quite crowded due to its popularity, so it’s best to avoid visiting on weekends or over the Golden Week holidays. Anyway I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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I’m sure you’d agree, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is simply stunning, and certainly makes for an amazing photo opportunity! This is on my list of places to visit on my next visit to Japan. However the Fuji Five Lakes in Yamanashi prefecture is an area of outstanding natural beauty all year round.

Getting there: (Japan-guide.com)

By bus from Shinjuku Station

Fujikyu and Keio Bus operate one to two direct buses per hour from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station (Keio Highway Bus Terminal) to Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way journey takes about two hours and costs 1750 yen. Most buses stop at Fujisan Station and Fuji Q Highlandbefore arriving at Kawaguchiko Station and some of them continue on to Lake Yamanakako (2.5 hours, 2050 yen one way from Shinjuku). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

By bus from Tokyo Station

Fujikyu and JR Kanto Bus operate about half a dozen direct buses per day from Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit) to Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The one way trip takes about three hours and costs 1750 yen. The buses stop at Lake Yamanakako along the way (2.5 hours, 1750 yen). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

By train

Take the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station (70 minutes, about 2500 yen by direct limited express train or 100 minutes, 1320 yen by local trains with usually one transfer along the way). From Otsuki, take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Kawaguchiko Station (55 minutes, 1140 yen one way). The JR Kanto Area Pass covers the entire journey (except panorama seats on limited express trains); however, the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass are not valid between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko.

More info here.

 

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