Hokkaido’s “Lawn Sakura” Season is Here and It’s Breathtaking

When tourists plan a spring trip to Japan, they typically visit the Tokyo and Kyoto area to view cherry blossoms. The pink flowers are beautiful to gaze at, but travelers shouldn’t ignore the more remote Hokkaido region.

Japan’s northernmost island is famous for its mountain ranges for winter vacations, but the springtime can treat travelers to a sea of pink!






From mid-May to early-June, beautiful tulips and shibazakura come into bloom at the region’s Hagishimokoto Shibazakura Park, Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, and the Takinoue Shibazakura Park. The trio is collectively known as the flower kingdoms.




Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park is the more popular of the group, even though it’s out of the way. Located in a small town called Ozora, you’d have to fly in from the regional Memanbetsu Airport.






Once you get to the park, you’ll be treated to beautiful shibazakura, or “lawn sakura.” These moss phlox are the same hue and shape as the cherry blossom flowers, but they only grow in the area’s hillside. They also come in white, light purple, and red.



The rolling hills, which are transformed into a cute pink, make for great photo opportunities. Viewing parties may not be as elaborate at viewing cherry blossoms, but visitors love strolling around the park.






TheHagashimokoto Shibazakura Park also holds a festival every year, which gives visitors a chance to enjoy local live music and regional cuisines. One of the most popular treats is the shibazakura soft serve.






Higasjimokoto Shibazakura Park offers visitors a new view of the Hokkaido region. While it’s famous for winter fun, scenic hikes, and forests, visitors can also enjoy the beautiful shibazakura during the spring.





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