Mr Mishima's Famous Shibazakura Garden in Full Bloom

Spring in Niseko is not complete without a stroll in this shibazakura garden.

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Photo @Hitomi Igawa

This panoramic landscape in the heart of Kutchan Town is the fruit of Mr Kazuo Mishima's passion, a retired local farmer who has since dedicated his time yearly to tend to his garden of pink moss flowers fondly known as shibazakura.

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Photo @Hitomi Igawa

The shibazakura is a type of floret that closely resembles the sakura (cherry blossom), except that it grows densely on the ground in a burst of brilliant pink, white, and purple. In Mr Mishima's garden, you can experience the impressive contrast of these blossoms blooming amidst a spread of yellow rape flowers spanning across the 4000㎡ land with the iconic Mount Yotei resting on the horizon.

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Photo @Hitomi Igawa

Mr Mishima's garden is free for all to visit from late May to mid-June. As the garden is privately owned and is located in a private residence, parking on the property is not available. We recommend using the nearby Wanpaku Square or Asahigaoka Park parking lot. Alternatively, the garden is accessible on foot as it is a quick 15-minute walk from the JR Kutchan Station.

Address: 51 Asahi, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0083

For more information, visit Kutchan Town Tourism.

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