Whenever we hear of cherry blossoms, we immediately think of Japan (even if the ~official~ cherry blossom capital is actually Macon, Georgia in North America). But, every April, another gorgeous albeit less popular floral display happens at Hitsujiyama Park in the Fuji Five Lakes region: the Shibazakura Festival.
Shibazakura is a perennial moss that originated in North America. It blooms with pink, purple, white, and red flowers until the end of May.
The moss grows in such a way that covers the ground with flowers, which is why it's appropriately called “lawn cherry.” Head over to the Fuji Motosuko Resort to see the largest pink moss display.
A word of caution: The ground is not paved, so plan your OOTDs with flats, sneakers, or sandals instead of heels. Though the park opens as early as 8:00 a.m., afternoon light is said to be perfect for selfies. Priorities, right? We gotchu, fam.
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