Find Out Why Travellers Love Mr. Mishima's Garden In May and June
The Niseko area is full of hidden treasures, like Mr. Mishima's garden. Take a look at why travellers come from across Japan and Asia to see it during spring.
Don't worry if you missed out on the sakura season this spring. The shibazakura last a bit longer during their peak and are still beautiful both before and after their full bloom. Shibazakura or pink moss phlox, are a perennial flower that spread out into large mats or cushions. They are particularly lovely when they cover wide areas and there are a number of popular places around Hokkaido for the flowers.
Here in Niseko, you will find the flowers adorning private gardens across the region. Many public facilities have the flowers peppering gardens, too, but none come close to the impressive size of Mr. Mishima's garden in Kutchan Town. In between the train station and Asahigaoka ski resort, Mr. Mishima's shibazakura garden is a real spectacle that draws busloads of guests each year. When we went up there the other day, the parking lots were so full we had to walk ten minutes just to get there!
The garden spreads out over sculpted bumps and mounds in an impressive 4,000 square metre sea of pink, purple and white. With Mt Yotei in the distance, Mr. Mishima's garden is a fantastic place to take a photo or go for a walk on a nice spring day.
Currently, the tiny little flowers are at their peak and should last until the end of next week for those hoping to catch them. They tend to bloom from mid-May until mid-June with the peak falling somewhere in between. So if you miss them this year, you can always catch them in 2018!