From cherry tree viewing to ikebana arranging, the flowery fun never ends in this city of sublime blossoms. We share two more tips for getting in on the flower power action in Tokyo this spring…
Held near Lake Motosu, under two hours’ drive west of Tokyo, Fuji Shibazakura Festival (15 Apr – 28 May) sees the vistas towards Mount Fuji fill with an endless sea of shibazakura or 'pink moss'. A vibrant carpet produced by nature, the phlox looks even more spectacular set against the dark-green treeline and snow-topped peak beyond. They grow thickly on the ground at the mountain’s base, covering it like a lawn, varying from white to pink and light purple with some striped petals. There are about six varieties, and around 800,000 flowers… but who’s counting?!
You’ll be hashtagging nofilter on your Insta feed like it’s going out of fashion, as there’s no need to touch up this jaw-dropping pastel-pretty panorama. Foot baths, a cafe and local Delicious Foods Festival keep you relaxed and refuelled.
For more floral tributes, explore Japan's biggest flower display Flower Dream (22-23 Apr, at convention centre Tokyo Big Sight), which offers everything from sales of rare plants to an exhibition on Edo-era flower culture. The Japan Cup also crowns the nation’s top florist.
Snack on sweet treats, which turn pink for spring, from Sakura macaroons and rice cakes to Fuji Shibazakura bean buns…
15 Apr – 28 May: Fuji Shibazakura Festival / 212 Motusu / Fujikawaguchiko / Minamitsuru Yamanashi / +81 3 555 89 3031 / 8am-5pm daily / / shibazakura.jp
22-23 Apr: Flower Dream / East 2,3 Tokyo Big Sight Inc / 3-11-1 Ariake / Koto-ku / +81 3 5496 0369 / 1-7pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun / flowerdream-tokyo.net