Ashikaga Flower Park is well-known for its beautiful wisteria garden in Japan. There are many visitors every year during the Wisteria Flower Festival, Grate Wisteria Festival.
In 2014, CNN’s Travel crew put together its own top 10 dream vacation wish list. And Ashikaga Flower Park was the only location chosen from Japan. We will give a glimpse of the fantastic wisteria blooming at the festival that supposes to see.
About Ashikaga Flower Park
The park has more than 350 blossoming wisterias during the season. It includes, for example, the 150-year-old great wisteria, the large wisteria trellis as big as 600 tatami mats with three wisteria trees, a unique wisteria with double blossoms, and an 80-meter long tunnel of white wisteria, and so on.
Space travel to James Cameron’s Pandora in “Avatar” would be ideal, but until that becomes possible, the Ashikaga Flower Park is a close second on the dream destinations list.
Eighty kilometers from Tokyo, the park offers an otherworldly experience — its 143-year-old wisteria looks nearly identical to “Avatar’s” spiritual Tree of Souls, with purple flowers cascading to the ground.
The fairy tale experience continues with vibrant wisteria trellises extending for a thousand square meters. Other species, such as the rare Golden Chain, dangle in full bloom along dreamy tunnels.
In addition, the park has been chosen and certified by night view appraisers as the best illumination display in Japan. The ‘Flower Garden of Lights’ illumination display is also famous. In other words, visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout the year.
The highlight of the Wisteria Flower Festival 2021
Pale red wisteria
Full bloom would be around mid to late April. Pale red wisteria has dazzling cherry blossom-colored flowers.
Full bloom would be around late April to early May. This wisteria tree has been designated a Natural Monument by Tochigi prefecture.
Full bloom would be around early May. Tochigi prefecture has designated the 80-meter long white wisteria tunnel a Natural Monument.
Full bloom would be around early to mid-May. Ashikaga Flower Park is the only location where visitors can enjoy the tunnel of the flowers in Japan.
Festival dates in 20201
The event period and opening hours are subject to change depending on the condition of blooming.
|Event dates||April 15 (Thu) – May 23 (Sun)|
|Light-up dates|| April 17 (Sat) – May 16 (Sun)|
|Opening hours 1||April 15 (Thu) – April 16 (Fri), 9:00 a.m. ～ 6:00 p.m.|
|Opening hours 2||April 17 (Sat) – April 22 (Thu), 8:00 a.m. ～ 8:30 p.m.|
|Opening hours 3||April 23 (Fri) – May 5 (Wed), 7:00 a.m. ～ 9:00 p.m.|
|Opening hours 4||May 6 (Thu) – May 16 (Sun), 8:00 a.m. ～ 8:30 p.m.|
|Opening hours 5||May 17 (Mon) – May 23 (Sun), 9:00 a.m. ～ 6:00 p.m.|
Admission fees are subject to change depending on the condition of blooming.
|Daytime|| Adults: 900- 1,900 yen|
Children: 500- 900 yen
|Night-time|| Adults: 600- 1,600 yen|
Children: 300- 800 yen
※Tickets for the evening are available after 5:30 pm. The one-time viewing system is not adapted for the evening.
Address： 607 Hasama Town,Ashikaga City,Tochigi Prefecture,329-4216 Japan
Closest Station： Ashikaga Flower Park station
Closest Interchange： Sano Fujioka Interchange
For more details on transport, visit the official website.