Shibazakura (a plant called ground pink) is a special feature of Chichibu, Saitama prefecture in spring. “Hitsujiyama Park” about 20 minutes on foot from Seibu-Chichibu or Yokoze Station is known as one of the best “Notable Sites for Shibazakura” in the Kanto region. Every year from mid April to early May, the brilliant spring color carpet spreading over “Ground Pink Hill” in Hitsujiyama Park is overwhelmingly magnificent. The “Shibazakura Festival” was also held, and it is a popular attraction of shibazakura, which is crowded with many viewers at the time of the best watching.
In “Ground Pink Hill” located in the southern part of Hitsujiyama Park, shibazakura flowers vividly dye a vast site of about 17,600 square meters. Shibazakura that covers the earth is more than 400,000 shares. Spring carpet which is one of the best spreading in the Kanto region is a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, it can be said that it is exactly a special spring feature in Chichibu.
The appeal of shibazakura of Hitsujiyama Park is not only its magnificent scale. The rich colors created by nine kinds of shibazakura are also the big attraction of Hitsujiyama Park in spring. Carpets woven by colorful shibazakura such as bright pink “McDaniel’s Cushion”, refreshing blue “Oakington Blue”, dazzling white “Little dot” are exactly natural art. They fascinate those who see with artistic beauty.
Mt. Buko rising south of the Chichibu Basin. The altitude is 1304 meters, and it is a famous peak that can be counted as one of 200 famous mountains in Japan. In Hitsujiyama Park, there is “Mt. Buko Material Museum”, which has overwhelming presence as a symbol of Chichibu. Mt. Buko’s majestic brave appearance and colorful shibazakura’s collaboration are definitely a must-see. As a symbolic landscape of Chichibu, you should see the best scenery.
The best time to see Shibazakura at Hitsujiyama Park is from the middle of April to the beginning of May. “Shibazakura festival” was also held at that time, it is definitely recommended spot for holiday.
Why do not you visit Chichibu in spring seeking a superb view of beautiful shibazakura? “Ground Pink Hill” in Hitsujiyama Park, a brilliant spring carpet that colorful flowers weave spreads and it is waiting for you.
Hitsujiyama Park in Omiya, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture is the most famous sightseeing spot in Chichibu, known as “Ground Pink Hill”. “Ground Pink Hill” using the mountain foot from Mt. Buko, which is said to be the symbol of Chichibu, is located in the south part of Hitsujiyama Park. There’re several ups and downs in the hill, it is beautiful even if you see it from the top of the hill or from the bottom, you can enjoy the scenery of the flower three-dimensionally on the slope.
Hitsujiyama Park is characterized by being designed and planting more than 400,000 moss grasses of 9 types on a vast site of about 17,600 square meters. Looking at the hill from the east side, it is the design that imagined the red and white undergarment pattern of hayashite (people performing the accompaniment with traditional Japanese instruments) and the feeling of dynamism, which is riding in Kasahoko of the Chichibu night festival.
Hitsujiyama Park’s greatest highlight is the splendid beauty of the “Flower Bed” and the “Patchwork Hill”.
In addition, during the flowering period of ground pink, “Chichibu Road special product market” will be held at a special venue next to “Ground Pink Hill”. In the special product market, agricultural products and souvenir shops in Chichibu City are in alignment. It is also attractive to be able to taste local dish, such as “Miso Potato”, hand-made soba, Okkirikomi etc.
The flowering condition of ground pink is also affected by the weather, but the whole “Ground Pink Hill” begins to gather in a flower color is around mid-April in the year. The best time to see is the Spring Vacation in early May.
Around the background of Chichibu’s famous peak Mt. Buko, the spacious and beautiful ground pink that is designed and carefully preserved is worth a visit.
|Address:||Omiya 6360 Chichibu, Saitama 368-0023 Japan|
|Access:||Seibutetsudo Chichibu-sen Line “Seibu Chichibu-eki Station” (19 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 494-21-2277 (Chichibu Tourism Association)|
* Entrance fee is required during the “Ground Pink Festival”.
300 yen (Adult)
Free (Under Junior High School Students)
Please refer the official web page.