When you get tired with busy urban life, you might go to somewhere park. I try to introduce very beautiful place for you. You will be surprised for sure!
Hitsujiya Park (Hitsujiyama kōen) in Chichibu is a vast piece of land where over 350,000 types of shibazakura (Moss Phlox flowers), painting a scenery so beautiful it will take your breath away. Blooming shibazakura cover the ground in carpets of pink, white and purple. There is definitely a gorgeous landscape that makes you want to stay in there for hours.
Hitsujiyama Park is located at the foot of Chichibu region’s symbolic mountain, Mount Bukō (Bukō zan), making for a fantastic mountain backdrop while viewing the lovely flowers. During the Shibazakura Festival (held every year from mid-April to early May, Shibazakura matsuri), a market is set up in the adjacent plaza where you can buy Chichibu region souvenirs and sample local delights.
The name “Shibazakura” (The Japanese name for Moss Phlox) comes from the resemblance of its flowers to those of the cherry flowers sakura, spread out on the vast ground like a lawn (Shiba). Hence, or “lawn sakura”. Hitsujiyama Park’s shibazakura can be enjoyed from mid-April to early May every year.
Looking at the individual flowers closely, you will find that they look very much like tiny hearts. There are even overseas tourists who plan their vacations to coincide with the blooming period of the shibazakura of Hitsujiyama Park. It is a magnificent sightseeing place, the pride of Saitama Prefecture. Interetesting? Please check it out!