To mark, it’s officially been a year since I first visited Japan. I was here on vacation for 9 days (and it was the best 9 days of my life). Trying out things and seeing places I have never thought existed until I had my first plane ticket abroad. People asked me what was the best place out of the places I’ve traveled. Before dropping a name, let me tell you that I was able to make the most of my 9 days and traveled to a bunch of places (thanks to my ever so thoughtful husband who planned out the whole itinerary). We went all around to the big cities of Kyushu; Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki and visited the great Huis Ten Bosch; roamed around Tokyo and watched a concert in Tokyo Dome (if you’re wondering whose concert it was, it’s Taylor Swift hehe) and drove around to local towns of Shizuoka. Among all these I’ve mentioned, there’s one place that I swear by to visit again someday when I go back to Japan. Now that I’m here, I’m all in to making it happen.

Located in Shizuoka prefecture on the foot of the mountainous city of Yamanashi, Shibasakura (which means flower festival) is beyond compare. We visited the place last year in the 1st week of May which is also the best season to visit. From then on I fell in love with the place and promised to visit it again. It never fail me the second time around because it still gave me the exact same feeling from the first time I saw it. You’ll know what I mean when you’re there.


It’s a 2.4 hectare of area covered with variety of flowers that lays like a bright colored carpet under the glistening sun. You can also find a replica of Mt. Fuji which if taken in the right angle, you can take a picture of it and Mt. Fuji together. Did I forget to mention that you can perfectly see the glorious mountain especially when the sky is clear?


Not only that, they have food stalls and food cove area in case you opt for a little picnic beside the vast garden or just want to seat and enjoy the view. I remember they also have foot bath which we tried before and it was the most relaxing thing to do.


You can walk around, enjoy the scenery and take a bunch of pictures, so never forget to bring your camera or a monopod for your phone to capture the whole expanse. Also, there’s a lake at the center that just made the place even more beautiful.


If you’re looking for a breathe of fresh air and just want to unwind and relax while enjoying a great background, definitely it’s a place worth checking out. However, it can get pretty crowded and transportation is only available by car or by tourist bus all the way from Tokyo, or other major city, so you might want to make a little research on that. But there’s a reason we came all the way here the second time around, it’s because the place is worth it. If you’re tired of the concrete view of the city, then this is the place to discover what mother nature has to offer.


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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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