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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Yamanashi, Japan

Once a year, the hillsides near Japan’s Lake Motosu explode into pink carpets as the season's shibazakura (pink moss) comes into bloom. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival — set for April 18-May 31, 2015 — celebrates this annual, natural display of color, which has Mount Fuji as a remarkable backdrop on a clear day. Featured on the 1,000-yen note, this beautiful locale is also known for its amazing cuisine, so be sure to check out the offerings from the various food carts before picking up some shibazakura-themed souvenirs. 

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