May is an excellent time to visit Japan – the cold winter months have passed, the heat and humidity has yet to kick in and rainy season is a good 4 weeks away. It’s also a truly beautiful time to get out of the city and see some nature.
Pictured above is the famous Fuji Shibazakura Flower Festival which takes place from the end of April to the end of May each year. The flowers are vibrantly bright pink and really do need to be seen to be believed.
Shibazakura (known as “phlox moss” in English) are native to central America, and bloom in many shades of pinks. During the festival, local farmers will sell produce, shibazakura-themed souvenirs and cuttings of pink moss to hundreds of thousands of eager tourists. It can get quite crowded at times, but there is plenty of nature to offset the masses – more than 800,000 stalks of shibazakura in fact.
June, on the other hand is probably one of the worst times to visit. Heavy rains and typhoons begin to batter the country as the humidity sets in, bringing with it a ton of creepy insects!