2018 Fuji Shibasakura Festival will be held from 14th April to 27th May.
*The dates and hours may be changed, depending on the flowering conditions.
Shiba-sakura (scientific name: Phlox subulata) is a perennial of the family Polemoniaceae, and a species of phlox.
From April to May, it blooms in small blossoms of around 1.5 cm diameter, in red, pink, white, or purple. Native to North America, it is also known as Moss Phlox Noted for the resemblance of its flowers to cherry blossoms, it is a creeper plant, covering the ground like a lawn, and thus it is called lawn cherry (shiba-sakura) in Japanese. This feature makes it a popular choice for edgings or ground cover.
During the Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival, the Mt. Fuji Delicious Foods Festival will be held in the parks restaurant and shop area, with stalls featuring delicious treats from different places around the mountain.
The Mt. Fuji Delicious Foods Festival will offer old favorites such as Fujinomiya yakisoba, Fuji-Yoshida udon, and Koshu chicken giblet stew, as well as other local specialties like Fujiyama sweet bean buns, shaped in a celebratory combination of Mt. Fuji and sea bream, and Fujizakura Pork Soup, made using Fujizakura pork from specially-bred pigs from Yamanashi, considered a rare breed.