Hitsujiyama Koen Park is most famous for Shibazakura or moss pink during mid-April to early May. Over a million people visit the park during this period to see eight varieties of moss pink. A spectacular carpet of flowers spread over 16,000 sq. meters. Easily walkable from Yokoze Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. Harder to walk from Seibu Chichibu Station.
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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, this is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. Ornate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Also see the video at YouTube.
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