Festivals & Events

Shiga Fukujuso Festival

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Everyone rejoice because spring is here!

Site
Akanuta
Dates
Mar 9, 2019 (Sat) to Mar 21, 2019 (Thu)
Admission
Free
Parking: 300 yen
Contact
0263-64-4447

Every year around mid-March, spring’s arrival is announced by a dainty, daisy-like flower called fukujuso, which is the first wildflower to bloom in the area. In English, fukujuso (Adonis amurensis) is sometimes called amur adonis or amur peasant’s eye. It is a yellow gem that is often found in woodland habitats and pops its head up even through the snow.

The event is in a small welcoming country community who host it and provide a warmed heated shed like hall in the fields, selling noodles, food and local goods and produce. The visit involves a walk over damp fields and maybe some remaining snow.

This is recommended to those staying in Matsumoto a little longer.

While you are there also visit the Shiga Fossil Museum a major feature of the village. Famously, an ancient whale was unearthed in the area which is rich in fossils. If you are into fossils and such, it is a worthwhile.

Access

Take the Shiga Line bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal (it runs infrequently, so make sure you check the schedule) to the the Kasekikan (Shiga Fossil Museum) Bus Stop. It’s a 10-minute walk from there. (You can see the bus schedule here, but it’s only available in Japanese. Weekend hours differ.)

  • Shiga Fossil Museum

    Shiga Fossil Museum

    BUS
    Take the Shiga Line bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to the Kasekikan (Fossil Museum) Bus Stop.
    CAR
    20 min from Azumino Interchange. 25–30 min from central Matsumoto.
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