A walk upon a quilt of Shibazakura “moss phlox” blossoms
At the foot of Mt. Buko, the symbol of Chichibu, between Chichibu and Yokoze sits the sprawling shibazakura (moss phlox) hills at Hitsujiyama Park. This coveted destination draws tourists to Chichibu every year in Spring between mid-April and Golden Week in May.
The shibazakura are planted in a gorgeous, carpeted spread of multicolored blooms, made especially remarkable by a display of flowery gradation. The center of the area opens to a valley and rolling hills where you can either overlook the fields from above, or enjoy a view of the landscape from below. One shot you won’t want to miss is the floor of blooms, sitting in stark contrast to Mt. Buko standing behind them. As many have begun to discover, it’s simply insta-perfect!
When the Shibazakura come into bloom that means its also time for the local market along Chichibu’s main road, a perfect stop for local food stalls and all original souvenirs. If walking from nearby stations, the easiest way to avoid hills is to walk from Yokoze station and exit towards Seibu-Chichibu on your way out. At Seibu-Chichibu Station you’ll also find a souvenir ship, a food court, and “Matsuri no Yu”, a drop-in style onsen you can visit during the day, that’s directly connected to the station. After your journey, it’s a perfect place to pick up souvenirs and take a quick soak before heading home.
Rolling hills of colorful shibazakura just waiting to be featured in your social media feeds!
Available during the same season as the regional market along Chichibu road, packed with plenty of Chichibu foodie favorites.
Hitsujiyama is home to fields of shibazakura, sakura, tulips, baby blue eyes and plenty of flowers galore!
Easy to get around if you get off at Yokoze and leave via Seibu-Chichibu Stations. Seibu-Chichibu even has a drop-in onsen!
The hills are located out under direct sunlight, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.
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- Name in Japanese
- 羊山公園 芝桜の丘
- Postal Code
- Located inside Hitsujiyama Park 6360 Omiya, Chichibu City, Saitama
- 0494-25-5209 (Chichibu Tourism Office)
- Mid-April to early May
- Entrance Fee
- 300 yen per regular adult (during the Shibazakura season, exact season dates are subject to change) fare-based admission hours 8:00am-5:00pm
- 500yen, up to 300.
(1) 20 min walk from Yokoze and Seibu-Chichibu Stations via the Seibu-Chichibu Line.
(2) 45 min drive from Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expessway.
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)