Spring -Flowers and Festivals-

 

In early April, the peach blossoms on the surrounding hills start to burst into life. Day by day, the color of the flowers deepens, spreading the joy of spring.

 

A Town surrounded by Shangri-La-like hills


Peach orchards begin at the edge of the town and spread into the surrounding hills. In spring, the whole town is surrounded by soft pink, a spectacular sight often referred to as Shangri-La.

 
 

Town scenery full of spring flowers


As well as cherry blossoms, an icon of Japan, and roses, the designated flower of Fuefuki City, Asian skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcensis) and Japanese lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis var. manschurica) among others, adorn the area in and around the town.

 

Cherry blossoms


Koshu-kokage Sakura. A pair of cherry trees at Yatsushiro Furusato Park in Yatsushiro-cho district. There is also a corridor of cherry trees and other attractions in the park.

Roses


A rose garden at Misaka-no-yu hot spring. Visitors can try a sweet-scented rose bath.

 

Asian skunk-cabbage


A colony of Asian skunk-cabbage near Fujinuta waterfall. They are said to flower here earliest in the whole of Japan due to the low altitude.

Japanese lily of the valley


A colony of Japanese lily of the valley at the source of the Ashigawa River. An important habitat for native Japanese species.

 

Ashigawa-cho Kominka Shuraku (traditional villages)


Ashikawa-cho, that includes the area of the Japanese lily of the valley habitat, is a series of hamlets among the hills and mountains, with traditional houses featuring Kabuto-zukuri construction, terraced fields with stone fences, and rushing clear waters. It is a quintessential scene showing the 'Japanese countryside scenery of bygone-days' that fills one's heart with warm nostalgia.

 

Reenactment of a Sengoku period battlefield


A festival depicting the fiercely fought battle of Kawanaka-jima, 450 years ago. Every spring, the town organizes a reenactment of a Sengoku period battlefield, in which 900 participants, including citizen volunteers, are divided into the Takeda clan, led by Takeda Shingen, and the Uesugi clan, led by Uesugi Kenshin, and reenact a fierce battle.

 
 
Festivals and a way of life handed down over many years
 

Daidai Kagura


Daidai Kagura, a Shinto theatrical dance performed on the 4th and 5th of April every year, is also known as 'Kagura on Takeda Shingen's departure for the field', and is said to have been dedicated to his victory. It is held at Yamanashioka Jinjya shrine, which has a strong connection with the Takeda clan and Tokugawa shogunate family.

Omiyuki-san Festival


Omiyuki-san Festival, in which men dress as women and parade around carrying portable shrines, is held in April every year to pray for a flood-free year. It is held at Asama Jinjya shrine, the original of which was built in 865 to pray for the calming of Mount Fuji, which had erupted in 864.