Amazing wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi
If you are looking for where to go to see wisteria in Japan, please find spectacular wisteria flowers in Ashikaga Park. It's one of the best travel destinations!
Wisteria symbolizes eternal love. In Japan, purple wisteria also symbolizes friendship. Wisteria flowers are gorgeous and usually planted in large quantities. Wisteria only blooms to the fullest for two weeks, but it takes 10 years for the people nurturing it to enjoy its magnificence.
Ashikaga Park spans about 100,000m2 and possesses more than 300 wisteria trees in different colors.
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
Transportation: You can catch the train to Ashikaga Flower Park Station and walk for just about 2 minutes.
Open time: 9 AM - 6 PM and 10 AM - 5 PM in winter
Ticket price: 1800 yen
We went from 8 am and did not arrive until noon. Although it is only 100km from our place, we took the wrong train, then had to change trains and missed the train quite a few times. We had to spend more to go by bullet train in the end. Otherwise, we would have been still wandering around.
Upon getting there, the first thing we did was line up to buy entrance tickets. We had to queue for quite some time for those.
It felt amazing to have the tickets in my hand and go inside
When entering the gate, we saw a lot of shops selling souvenirs. At first glance, I saw that they all sold sweets, so we just passed by. Visitors mostly gather inside, where there is a 150-year old wisteria tree. I could not fathom how this tree could hold that many flowers.
The purple wisteria branches spread all over, creating a stunning scene, a dreamy and seductive world in which everyone wants to be immersed.
This place did have purple wisteria and a gorgeous white wisteria trellis. The white flowers were long and drooped straight down, and there were many people there. I found it more crowded than the place around the old tree, so it was also tough to take some pictures. The flower trellis was relatively high, so I could only stand and take photos from below.
A bridge connected the two sides, above which was also a beautiful wisteria trellis. There were a lot of people walking around and taking pictures there. Located at the very end of the park, I see an arc. Next to it is a lawn where people can rest and eat.
After going a little further, I saw a small tower, on which there were many flowers planted, in the middle of the lake. When going up, I caught sight of a beautiful azalea forest. If you look down from above, this place is like a breathtaking painting.
When coming here, we could not miss the purple wisteria ice cream
We had to stand in line for more than an hour to buy the ice cream. Since I moved to Japan, I have become patient with standing in line to wait for food. There was no sugar in this ice cream, so I think almost everyone can have it.
At last, we stopped by a nearby small lake to rest. There was also an ice cream stall there, but we just had it, so we did not buy any. At the end of the day on the lake, the sunset was very peaceful. From this point to the bridge on the other side, the sight was also magnificent.
We planned to stay until the evening to see the light festival, but I thought about how we caught the wrong train several times in the morning and decided to leave. Next time, when we already know the way, we will definitely stay until the end. It only took us more than 2 hours to come back. The splendid evening lights are gorgeous. Therefore, if you have a chance to visit this place, please wait until the end.
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