Spectacular View of Japan’s Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo. Its stunning purple wisterias attract thousands of visitors each year. The wisteria bloom in late April to early May. Their blooming order, from earliest to latest by blososm color, are pink, purple, white, and yellow.
The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias. Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area. The park is proud to have more than 350 blossoming wisteria such as the 150 year old great wisteria which is a Tochigi Prefecture designated natural treasure, the large wisteria trellis as big as 600 tatami mats with three wisteria trees, a unique wisteria with double blossoms and an 80 m long tunnel of white wisteria. Visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout the year.
The park has been chosen and certified by night view appraisers as the best illumination display in Japan. “Flower Fantasy” is an illumination spectacle that runs nightly from the end of October to early February. The dramatic and enchanting illuminations of wisteria and other plants are beautifully rendered and more worth your while than might be imagined. During the Flower Fantasy period, the illumination begins at nightfall and ends at 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
There are a couple of places to eat on the grounds of Ashikaga Flower Park. The main entrance of the Park has a gardening store with seeds, potted plants and other flower garden-related for sale, as well as a souvenir shop offering a range of flower-themed (mainly wisteria-themed) confectioneries and snacks, soft toys, plushies, and more.
Ashikaga Flower Park is closed on the third Wednesday and Thursday in February, and on December 31. Besides these three days, it is basically open every day of the year. However, note that the Park may close unexpectedly on certain days for equipment inspection, so please check ahead.
Walking underneath these blooming trees is something surreal! One large fuji tree is 100 years old and its branches are supported to create a huge umbrella of blue fuji flowers. There is also a long tunnel of white fuji flowers, while a tunnel of yellow kingusari needs a few more years to become an actual tunnel. Yae-fuji, a variety with more than the usual number of petals, can also be viewed.