Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Visit of Chichibu (秩父, ちちぶ, Chichibu): Charm ① Hitsujiyama Park/Shibazakura no oka/Shibazakura/Shibazakura Festival

When you visit Tokyo, you may visit Chichibu (which is located in Saitama-ken) as well to enjoy the beautiful nature and some cultural architectures. Although Chichibu is a little bit far away from Tokyo, it is still worth visiting. After visiting the Hitsujiyama Park, you may visit the Shibazakura Station (芝桜駅) to see the Chichibu Railway, then you may walk to go to the Chichibu Shrine (秩父神社 Chichibu-jinja) and the Shaolin Temple. On the way, you can see several Cultural Properties as well. Besides that, there are many posters or related materials showing things about the famous animation Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。』(あのひみたはなのなまえをぼくたちはまだしらない). I am going to share information and photos about this visit of Chichibu respectively in 3 posts. In this post, I am sharing information and photos about the Hitsujiyama Park and the Shibazakura. Thanks for reading and please look forward to my other 2 posts about the visit of Chichibu as well. 

'Shibazakura no oka' is located in the south of Hitsujiyama Park and has an area of about 17600 square metres. It is planted in more than 400,000 pink phlox mosses of 9 different colors. 
The 9 kinds of Shibazakura are as follows:
① McDaniel's Cushion
② Scarlet Flame
③ Autumn Rose
④ Little Dot
⑤ Tamano-nagare
⑥ Amazing Grace
⑦ Oakington Blue
⑧ Emerald Cushion
⑨ Mont-Blanc

If you would like to know more about Shibazakura no oka, please refer to the following link:
http://www.chichibuji.gr.jp/?page_id=7

If you would like to know more about the Shibazakura Festival (many beautiful photos are being shared), 
please refer to the following link:
http://www.chichibuji.gr.jp/?p=11470



If you take the train, the nearest stations are as follows:

①  Seibu-Chichibu Station (西武秩父駅)   walk about 1.5 km to the Park
②  Yokoze Station (横瀬駅)   walk about 1.4 km to the Park
③  Ohanabatake Station (お花畑駅) or Shibazakura Station(芝桜駅) 
      walk about 1.5 km to the Park
Entrance fee: 300 Yen (During the period of the Shibazakura Festival, a beautiful postcard of Shibazakura is given for free)
Thanks for reading! See you~~~

























The charcoal-grilled ayu/sweetfish was very delicious.^^