Love the color pink? This guide covers an array of places to get your favorite color fix, from interesting buildings and train stations to nature destinations filled with pink flowers.
Koi-Yamagata Station, Tottori
Tottori's Koi-Yamagata Station had a makeover in 2013 which involved the addition of heart motifs and the color pink used in abundance. Pink heart motifs are also used for the platform directional signs, and there are pink heart-shaped ema for people to write their wishes or prayers on.
Ochi, Chizu, Yazu District, Tottori 689-1421
Fuji Shibazakura Festival, Yamanashi
One of Japan's most picturesque flower festivals, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival has the ultimate backdrop on clear days. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you attend, and you can get a killer view of the great mountain itself surrounded by pretty pink moss phlox.
212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0337
Mikimoto Ginza, Tokyo
Designed by Toyo Ito and Associates, the Mikimoto Ginza building has a light pastel pink façade and is one of the most eye-catching buildings in this part of the city. The windows of the building are made up of irregular shapes, and after dark is when the true beauty of the design is really shown. Illuminated in a variety of different colors, the windows shine like precious gems — it's quite a fitting design for a jewelry store!
2 Chome-4-12 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-8145
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Hokkaido
If you're in the Hokkaido area around May through early June, a visit to the Higashimokoto Shibazakura Festival is a must. An entire hillside is effectively blanketed in pink, and there's even a pink torii arch for visitors to take photos with.
393 Higashimokotosuehiro, 大空町 Ozora, Abashiri District, Hokkaido 099-3232
Site of Reversible Destiny, Gifu
Gifu's Site of Reversible Destiny is the work of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, and it smashes together art and architecture in a way that intends to challenge visitor's perception – in turn, this is said to reverse their destinies. Part of the venue includes this pastel pink maze, which has the floor design mirrored on the ceiling.
1298-2 Takabayashi, Yoro District, Gifu, 503-1267
Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki
Ibaraki's Hitachi Seaside Park is known for having some spectacular floral displays year round, but in the autumn months, pink fans can enjoy colorful cosmos flowers and the reddish-pink hue of kochia plants.
605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki 312-0012
Santa Monica Crepes, Harajuku, Tokyo
One of the cutest (and tastiest!) pink places in Tokyo is Santa Monica Crepes. The store sells a variety of sweet and savory-filled crepes, with options like banana chocolate whipped cream, strawberries and custard, and even tuna, mayo, and cheese. The full menu can be found on their website if you'd like to scope it out before you visit.
1 Chome-16-16-8 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
Any of Japan's myriad sakura destinations
The options here are far too many to list, but a good place to start is this list of 20 top places for cherry blossoms in Japan. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, with plenty of other well-known and under the radar destinations out there.