A Carpet of Pink: Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park

Cherry blossoms or sakura have long been associated with Japan’s spring. Shibazakura, small little flowers that resembles the shape of sakura grows widely, producing a lovely carpet of flowers. The sleepy town of Higashimokoto is popular for its shibazakura (moss phlox), which blooms from late April to late May. It’s a great addition if you find yourself self-driving in Hokkaido in spring.

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park with Ozoro town emblem
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park with Ozoro town emblem

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park is a huge hill with millions of shibazakura.  Beautiful flowers in pink, red, purple, & white decorate the hills with lush green trees and mountains on the background. The park is crazy enough to plant shibazakuras to resemble two logos, featured on two sides of the hilly landscape. The first one is an emblem of the town of Ozora, and the second logo is of a cow.

Cow logo on the hill of shibazakura flowers
Cow logo on the hill of shibazakura flowers
The Cow emblem
The Cow Emblem

One can spend a few hours exploring the vast park. On the hilltop, there is a shinto shrine with pink torii, Yamatsumi Shinto Shrine (山津見神社) where visitors can pray. It’s unique pink torii blends with the rest of the park. Just adjacent to the park is an observatory platform where one can have a great view of the whole park. I’ve seen a helicopter going around to enjoy an unspoiled top view.

Yamatsumi Shinto Shrine (山津見神社) with pink torii on the hilltop
Yamatsumi Shinto Shrine (山津見神社) with pink torii on the hilltop
Self-drive Hokkaido: Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park in full bloom
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park in full bloom
A staircase in between flowers
A staircase in between flowers
View from the other end of the park
View from the other end of the park

The park features various activities that can be enjoyed. Visitors can hire go karts or hop on the tour car that goes around the park.

Road for go karts
Road for go karts

The entrance fee to the park is 500 yen. Shops just by the gate sell shibazakura ice cream which is a nice conclusion to your park visit.

Pink Ice Cream
Pink Ice Cream
Pink Ice Cream
Pink Ice Cream
Admission fee Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.
Parking lot A free parking lot is provided (1000 cars).
Address 393 Suehiro, Higashimokoto, Ozora Town, Abashiri District
Map Code 638 712 562*74
Telephone number +81-152-66-3111
Home page Home page is here
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