The Ashikaga Flower Park at Tochigi Prefecture is a 9-hectare garden that showcases a wide variety of flowers. During springtime, countless wisteria blossoms take the center stage attracting people from all places.
Spring is a colorful season in Japan. It is the time of the year when just about everywhere, flowers are blooming left and right, painting the town in vivid colors.
Most foreigners are familiar about the sakura or cherry blossom festivals in Japan. But aside from this popular flower, celebrations for other spring blossoms are also held in different parts of the country.
Wisteria (or Wysteria) is one the favorite flowers among the Japanese people. It is a flowering variety of the pea family that blooms around late April to early May. Also called Fuji, its flowers bloom together on a single stem, dangling like a lovely chandelier on its woody branch.
The most popular place to appreciate the beauty of the wisteria can be found two hours away north of Tokyo. The Ashikaga Flower Park at Tochigi Prefecture is a 9-hectare garden that showcases a wide variety of flowers. During springtime, countless wisteria blossoms take the center stage attracting people from all places.
There are over 350 wisterias within the Ashikaga Flower park with colors varying from purple, blue, pink, white and yellow. Inside the garden is the great wisteria tree which is around 150 years old and has grown over a large trellis where people can wander under.
Wisterias are woody bines so they naturally climb over objects and obstacles. The Ashikaga garden made use of this plant’s behavior by creating tunnels, walls and roofs where it can grow over. The result is such a stunning parade of colors.
Another thing to watch out in this park is the night illumination during the Wisteria Festival. Come night time, the wisterias are lit up creating what seems like a scene from a children’s fantasy book.
As expected, the place receives an influx of visitors on weekends and peaks during the golden week when it gets really crowded. Restaurants and shops can be found within the vicinity featuring wisteria-themed products like ice creams, manju and other deserts.
While the wisteria flowers get much of the attention from the visitors, there also other beautiful spring flowers in Ashikaga Flower Park. Another attraction to witness are the 5000 azalea flowers which are nothing short of visually stunning.
How to get to Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi
The nearest train staion from Ashikaga Flower Park is the Tomita Station of the JR Ryomo Line.
- From Tokyo, the usual route is through the JR Utsunomiya Line and transfering to Ryomo line at Oyama Station (Total Fare : ~2000 Yen , Travel time ~ 2.5hrs)
If you’re a foreign passport holder and have a few days to spend in Japan, you might want to purchase a JR Tokyo Wide Pass for 10,000 Yen. It gives you a three-day unlimited rides to JR East trains and a few non JR train which covers most of the Kanto Region including Ashikaga Flower Park. Limited express trains and a few Shinkansen routes are also included.
Ashikaga Flower Park Facilities Information
- Opening Hours : 9am to 6pm from March to end of November and 10am to 5pm from late November to March
- Admission Fees : Entrance fee varies depending on the season but during Wisteria festival it is 1700 Yen for adult and 800 Yen for Kids
- Check more about About Ashikaga Flower Park on their website.
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