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Published on 06.29.2016
Visit the most popular garden of Great Wisteria in Japan which is over 150 years old. It spreads over in 600 tatami trellis area and 80 meter long white wisteria tunnel known as the Kibana wisteria tunnel. There are also more than 350 other wisteria trees in full bloom. This flower park should be on your bucket list when visiting Japan especially Tokyo.
The flower, Wisteria, is Japan's most favorite flowers. It is also popular as Fuji flowers. When going to Tokyo for a tour, don't miss to visit Ashikaga Flower Park as this is the best place to view the Fuji flowers which will only take 1 1/2 hours train from Tokyo.
The Ashikaga Flower Park is a park of about 9 hectares, three massive wisteria trellises extended for more than 1000 square meters. The park features different colors of fuji flowers like blue, white, yellow laburnum and pink fuji which blends and covers the rest of the park.
Fuji flowers blooms between mid-April and mid-May. It is one to two weeks later than the fuji of Tokyo. It is very crowded even on weekdays during the peak season so this is also the best time to visit the park.
There is one large Fuji tree, known as the "Great Miracle Wisteria", which is more than 140 years old located right in the middle of the Ashikaga Flower Park. Its branches are supported to create a huge umbrella of blue Fuji flowers. The huge trunk makes for a picturesque contrast with the lavish blossoms of Fuji flowers that hangs in countless strands above in any visitor's head. This large Fuji tree is lit up during the night to expose its natural beauty so you can visit the park even at night.
There is also an 80-meter tunnel of white Fuji flowers which makes this place really adorable to tourists. Other displays include wisteria domes, wisteria pyramids, wisteria hillocks, wisteria arches, a waterfall and a huge screen which the Fuji flowers climbs, making the place a multicolored floral spectacle.
There are also several ponds in the park which adds beauty to the scenic view. The flowers reflects on these ponds on which it allows visitors to explore them by walking the bridges across the water. It's perfect for couples and lovers who are visiting the park.
Aside to the Fuji flowers found in the park, you will find hundreds species of flowers. Some of them are the Rainbow Garden, which features different kinds of various roses, the Blue and White Garden, which features hydrangea, iris, and clematis. There are also peonies, water lilies, rhododendrons, crape myrtle, lantana, and Japanese flowering dogwood. All these flowers bloom depending on the season.
The park have English signage which helps foreign visitors to enjoy the rest of the park. There are couple places to eat on the grounds of the park like restaurants and stores selling different plants, japanese items, souvenirs, seeds, soft toys, snacks, plushies, and more. The entrance fee depends on the season's beauty. It is usually around 1000 yen per adult during the Fuji peak season.
Visiting hours is usually 9am-6pm for March-November and 10am-5pm for November-March.
How to go to the Ashikaga Flower park?
On the Tobu Isesaki Line (starting at Asakusa Station in Tokyo), at Kuki Station change to the JR Tohoku Main Line, at Oyama Station change to the JR Ryomo Line, then get off the train at Tomita Station.
On the JR Tohoku Main Line (starting at Ueno Station in Tokyo), at Oyama Station change to the JR Ryomo Line, then get off the train at Tomita Station.
Ashikaga Flower Park is just a 13 minute walk from Tomita Station.
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Source: Japan Travel