Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park Travel Guide

Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park
Pretty in pink — the moss blooms at this Chichibu City park make for a uniquely gorgeous botanical celebration every spring.

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cucina salve

Local Chichibu produce meets Italian food. With an exacting attitude towards allergen-safe, organic and natural food, chef Hiroshi Tsubouchi uses over 150 kinds of vegetables to craft a dazzling array of fusion food, all personally grown on his farm.
Dinner: ¥10,000-20,000

Restaurant MARUJU

Previously the 100-year-old Maruju Pharmacy, this Meiji-era building in the center of Chichibu City has since been repurposed into a chic restaurant-hotel that serves up creative French cuisine.
Lunch: ¥6,000-6,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-10,000

In the city of Chichibu there’s a park which comes alive every spring in a dazzling display of pinks and purples — and no, we’re not talking about cherry blossoms. The specialty plant here is shibazakura, or “moss phlox” in English. This is planted across an entire area of hills in the park, arranged in attractive patterns.

Beginning late in April, the moss flowers bloom and transform the hill into a vision of pink. Over 400,000 individual plants are used, of nine different shades. It’s unlikely you’ll ever again see as many of this flower in one single place (or maybe any flower for that matter). During the bloom season, a fair is held near the hill where you’ll be able to buy some local food and drink for an impromptu picnic among the flowers.

Even if you’re not visiting Hitsujiyama Park during the full bloom, it’s still worth visiting the park for an afternoon. There are a few nice walking trails, ponds, and even a sheep ranch within the grounds.

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