Fujishibazakura Matsuri (富士芝桜まつり)

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There are 2 major flower festival in the Kawaguchiko region which is the Shibazakura (moss flower) that just ended its run on June 1 2014  and Lavender (which I went last year’s June) So I headed over to Kawaguchiko on a Friday afternoon (to escape from the weekend crowd) to check out this famous Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri (富士芝桜まつり).

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There are a few ways to make your way there either by highway bus, train or car. The cheapest way would be by highway bus which only cost around 1750JPY for 1 way. One bane of taking the highway bus is that there is a chance that you would get stuck in traffic but I think it is generally fine if you are travelling on a weekday. This time, our bus ride kept to schedule of 2 hours whereas the last time I remembered that I was stuck in traffic for 4 hours. One great thing about traveling in Japan would be the public transport efficiency if you don’t have a car. If you can follow their transport schedule, you would be able to get to anyway. Upon arrival to Kawaguchiko Station on the highway busy, we headed to buy our bus ticket to flower site and entrance ticket(1900JPY)

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Really excited to be seeing this view as depicted by the poster.

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Another scenic photo from a famou photographer.

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As we set off from Kawaguchiko towards Lake Motosu (about 30 minutes bus ride away) for the flower festival, we could see a littl of Mount Fuji that day……

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Finally arriving at our destination though there was a little traffic so we arrived 40 minutes later instead.

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Getting our entrance tickets and getting our coordinates to walk around…..So excited! Hoping to get a vew of Mount Fuji for our photos.

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Sneaked a photo from this photo who was taking photo with her Miffy.

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Almost in full bloom…..

Video of the day.

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Also took out my Pucca coin pouch to let her get a whiff of the flower smell.

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Let us change color to white instead of purple.

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They even made a small mini Mount Fuji with the flowers.

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Waiting in line to get on the observatory platform.

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View from a height. Do you notice what is missing??????????????????????? YES! No Mount Fuji, which was shrouded by the clouds *whine and cry* We waited for 2 hours but the clouds just never cleared. We have to settle for our flower Mount Fuji instead.

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A lot of people were comparing this shibazakura festival with the one in Chichibu. Frankly, I do agree with what I had eavesdropped which is the one at Chibubu is much bigger and spacious. Though this venue is pretty because of its Mount Fuji view. (But I don’t get to see Fuji, Sob)

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Never mind, we can see that Pucca is enjoying herself.

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Lots of food carts for you to choose from and of course some Fuji shaped food.

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Grass mochi – a mochi made with some edible grass. My friend say she hated the smell and taste which is like some raw green plant but I think it is still bearable and since it is like a seasonal Spring food, so why not.

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Some plots of lavender can be spotted too, like a preview of the next Lavender flower festival.

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Some fancy Fuji limited edition drinks – Fuji Cola, Fuji Soda water, Wasabi Ginger ale and peach juice. Bought the wasabi ginger ale, keeping my fingers crossed.

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