Shibazakura, moss phlox, that blooms from late April to early June every year
The thoughts and determination for next year that will not change even in a COVID-19 crisis
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, located in Ozora Town, is a famous spot for shibazakura that many tourists visit every year. The origin of this park was a handful of plants planted by a farmer, Mr. Nakabachi, right after the WWII. Then he gradually increased the number of roots and created a mini Shibazakura Park of about 10a at home. Mokotoyama Hot Spring Management Public Corporation noticed the wonderfullness of the mini Shibazakura Park. At the request of the company, Mr. Nakabachi began planting Shibazakura one by one on a small hill in 1977. He extended the park by 1 ha every year, and it took him about 8 years to complete the current park. It has become one of the best tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido.
In the spring of 2021, it began to bloom little by little from the end of April, and it was in full bloom on May 16, but unfortunately it was closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.Although the park was closed, the park management staff including the Shibazakura Ladies continued to weed and maintain the park even after the season was over. The Shibazakura in this park has been carefully maintained for 45 years in order for visitors to enjoy. This is why it kept maintained regardless of the COVID-19 crisis. This is truly a sustainable effort. We hope that as many people as possible will visit the park this year.