5 Best Places to See Wisteria in Japan

The cherry blossoms aren’t the only stunning flowers that bloom in Japan.
Wisteria (fuji in Japanese) is a beautiful flowering plant that can bloom in purple, white, pink, or blue. Because the plant is a climber, it is frequently taught to climb into distinctive trellises and arches around Japan.

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, located in Kitakyushu, is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful wisteria gardens. The flowering season for wisteria in this area begins in late April.

Wisteria is at its peak in the spring, and it may be a stunning sight to see. When visiting Japan in the spring. It is obvious that you will encounter flowers such as wisteria, cherry blossoms, shibazakura, tulips, and so on. So here are my favorite top 5.

1.Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, Fukuoka Prefecture

The Wisteria Tunnel of Kawachi Fujien. Photo Credit: Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization.
The Wisteria Tunnel of Kawachi Fujien. Photo Credit: Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization.

This exquisite Japanese wisteria garden in Fukuoka is only available during the spring wisteria season and the fall leaf-changing season. It was established in 1977 and has a total area of 10,000 square meters. Many people believe that wisteria blossoms are at their peak in early May; however, owing to the Kawachi Wisteria Garden’s southern position, its wisteria blooms in late April.

This is one of the largest wisteria trees you can find in the garden. Photo Credit: gtknj at Flickr.
This is one of the largest wisteria trees you can find in the garden. Photo Credit: gtknj at Flickr.

Kawachi Wisteria Garden has around 150 wisteria trees and 22 different species of wisteria. There are two great wisteria tunnels, where wisteria has been taught to grow, and a long series of arches. Its petals dangle down as though in a storybook scenario.

Admission ranges from 300 to 1000 yen, depending on the flower’s stage of blooming. It becomes really packed on weekends, so going during the week is usually the best option. To get to Kawachi Wisteria Garden. Take a JR rail to JR Yahata station, then a Nishitetsu bus #56 to Kawachi Shogakko-Mae bus stop. The garden is a 15-minute walk away.

2. Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi Prefecture

This hundred-year-old wisteria tree is really massive and impressive too. Photo Credit: Asikawa Flower Park.
This hundred-year-old wisteria tree is really massive and impressive too. Photo Credit: Asikawa Flower Park.

This floral paradise in Tochigi Prefecture was named one of CNN’s top ten international vacation destinations in 2014. The Ashikaga Flower Park’s wisteria is about 150 years old, and there are over 150 wisteria trees on the grounds.

Wisteria in various colors may be found here, ranging from pink to purple to white to yellow. An 80-meter-long white wisteria tunnel is one of the features of Ashikaga Flower Park.

Ashikaga Flower Park is open from mid-April until mid-May. The hours are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Adults pay between 900 and 1800 yen throughout the day, while children pay between 500 and 900 yen. There is also fantastic night illumination on display for most of the season.
Adult costs vary from 600 to 1500 yen at night, while children’s fees range from 300 to 800 yen.

The JR Ryomo Line will take you to Ashikaga Flower Park.

3. Byakugou-ji Temple, Hyogo Prefecture

What a beautiful scene at Byakugou-ji! Photo Credit: byakugouji.
What a beautiful scene at Byakugou-ji! Photo Credit: byakugouji.

Byakugou-Ji is an ancient Buddhist temple in Tamba that was built in 705.
The wisteria that grows here blooms in large bunches. Every year in mid-May, a unique wisteria festival is held here.

Wisteria cascades in long, magnificent streams of purple and blue here. Around the temple, there is an excellent variety of wisteria. The festival is free to attend. Byakugou-Ji Temple is accessible by rail from Kasuga I.C. and by vehicle from JR Ichijima Station.

4.Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo

Wisteria blossoms at the temple grounds. Photo Credit: Yoshizumi Endo at Flickr.

This big Shinto shrine features a vast garden where an annual wisteria festival is held.

The arching moon bridge is magnificent when the wisteria is blossoming, is the shrine’s most well-known picture. The reflections of the flowers in the ponds make the image absolutely lovely. There are a lot of food and gaming kiosks among the blooms during the wisteria festival.

You should also spend some time relaxing along with one of the ponds and interacting with the garden’s turtles. Or walking around the shrine structures, replicas of historic buildings destroyed during WWII.

There is no admission fee. Kameido-Tenjin Shrine is accessible via the Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tobu Kameido Line from Kameido Station. The Hanzomon Line, the Chuo-Sobu Line from Kinshicho Station, and the Tobu Kameido Line from Omurai Station. Even if you can’t make it to the wisteria festival, it’s a lovely place to visit.

There is no admission fee. Kameido-tenjin Shrine is accessible via the Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tobu Kameido Line from Kameido Station, the Hanzomon Line, and the Chuo-Sobu Line from Kinshicho Station, and the Tobu Kameido Line from Omurai Station. Even if you can’t make it to the wisteria festival, it’s a great place to visit.

5. Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, Hyogo Prefecture

Wisteria blossoms! hoto Credit: 白井大町藤公園管理組合.

This park, located on a mountain slope, is one of Japan’s most famous sites to observe wisteria. Over a 7000-square-meter region, there are several wisteria trellises. In May, a wisteria festival is held here, giving food and entertainment and stunning views of the blossoming wisteria both during the day and at night.

The wisteria flowers provide a lovely and peaceful backdrop to the park’s vegetation, ponds, and fountains.

Shirai Omachi Fuji Park levies a fee of 300 yen for adults, while children under ten are free. If you want to enquire about a significant group discount, you may do so with park officials. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is no charge for parking.

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