The hyacinth flower and the story of the festival named after a flower

Every spring, Higashimokoto Shibazakura park in Hokkaido, Japan is covered with a beautiful, captivating pink color. That is the color from the stretching fields of shibazakura flowers. Each flower blooms close together like velvet carpets, creating a wonderful scene like in fairy tales.

The shibazakura flower, also known as the shibazakura flower, is considered a symbol. for spring in Hokkaido. The flowers are shaped like cherry blossoms (sakura) and vary in color from pink to white to light purple. The image of flower carpets stretching under the vast blue sky and the seductive fragrance makes visitors fondly remember.

Festival named after a flower

At Hokkaido’s most famous flower field every day Every year there is a festival with the same name as the flower that takes place right when the flower blooms in spring. Shibazakura festival dates fluctuate depending on when the flowers are in full bloom. Usually in May because flowers bloom later in Hokkaido than in other areas of Japan.

Shibazakura is one of the festivals that attracts the most tourists in Japan. Domestic and foreign tourists do not want to miss the opportunity to admire the breathtaking natural scenery here every spring.

The area planted with cherry blossoms in the park is up to 10 hectares with about 400,000 mostly pink plants. Visitors will be able to walk around the park and see with their own eyes the flower petals blooming in the spring of Hokkaido.

The wide roads in the park are very clean and beautiful, visitors can freely explore. by walking. The organizers also arranged many trams to take visitors around during the festival.

On the top of the hill in the park there is an observatory. From here, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the park, taking in the beautiful scenery of Hokkaido spring.

In addition, the festival also has many unique music and dance activities to welcome visitors. . Or you can spend the whole day with friends and family participating in exciting games like go-karts or fishing. Stalls serving local cuisine are also always ready to serve.

In addition, the park also has natural hot springs and foot baths to help visitors relax after a long day of activities. The hot spring water here is rich in chloride, which helps warm the body and beautify the skin effectively.

In the park there is also a Shinto shrine. Yamatsumi Shrine was built in 1913 by people from the Soma-gun area of ​​Fukushima Prefecture to worship the mountain god Oyamatsumi. People often visit the temple to wish for good health and luck.

The story of the farmer who grows flowers by hand on the hill

Behind the origin of this park is a story about farmer Suekichi Nakahachi (1918 – 2002) who has many years of experience in growing shibazakura flowers. When the park was established in 1977, the Mokotoyama Hot Springs Association sought his help as they wanted to create a place to relax with shibazakura flowers.

Mr. Nakahachi agreed and began his career in park construction at the age of 58. He began clearing the hillsides himself and personally planted each shibazakura seedling on it. It took eight years for the diligent farmer to complete his work. His dedication was rewarded with the hills covered with flowers today.

Mr. Nakahachi continued to take care of the shibazakura trees for the next 22 years until retiring at the age of 80 in 2001.

His perseverance has touched and surprised many people when a small farmer can plant each tree by himself to create a landscape. This beautiful landscape.

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park is located at the foot of Mt. Mokoto Ozora town. The park is open from May 3 to September 30 every year to welcome visitors.