The Ultimate Guide to the Wisteria Japan Gardens
What You Should Know About Wisteria Japan Gardens
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The first time I ever saw a picture of these gardens, I gasped and exclaimed: “I HAVE to go there!” Lucky for me, both of these places happen to be in Japan.
Just to be clear, there are TWO main different Wisteria garden parks in Japan, not one. It seems that half the pictures I come across cite the wrong garden or assume there’s just one garden of wisteria. So here’s a peek into both Ashikaga Flower Park & Kawachi Fuji Gardens. Traveling to both of these wisteria Japan gardens isn’t that hard, but it definitely requires some planning. Only one of these gardens has an actual wisteria tunnel and this is located in Kitakyushu.
Viewing wisteria is one of my favorite things to do in Japan. Walking through these parks, one thing these photographs cannot capture is the incredibly beautiful smell of the garden. The scent is unreal.
In Japanese, wisteria is actually called fuji (藤) so you’ll hear this word used more often than wisteria. Of course, these two places above are by no means the only spots to view wisteria-trellis in Japan, but they are the most popular and the largest spots that I’ve found.
Depending on when you go in the season, the blooms always look different. I went in 2013 and snagged some great shots at Ashikaga of my favorite tree (the first picture on top of my blog), but then I returned this year at a different time and the scene looked completely different.
What is Golden Week?
Golden Week (GW) is a Japanese holiday where essentially the ENTIRE country of Japan goes on holiday to popular spots around the country. As a general rule, it’s wise to not plan any vacation in Japan during GW.
If you think Japan ordinarily has a lot of people, wait until you see it during Golden Week!! But Golden Week runs through wisteria blooming season, so just make sure you plan your trip around this most popular Japanese holiday.
Trust me, it’s a lot more fun to enjoy the park when there are fewer people. The dates for GW range between the end of April and early May. Be sure to check on it each year.
Park 1: Traveling to Ashikaga Flower Park to See Wisteria Japan
Things to Know about traveling to ashikaga flower park
Park Hours, Food & Info
It’s probably better to go yourself if it’s less time & it’s not enough for you. Spend the day there, bring a hat, a book, and relax in the garden and inhale the wondrous aroma of wisteria in the air. Also, at Tomita station keep an eye out for coupons for the park.
Traveling to Ashikaga Flower Park From Tokyo
Use Hyperdia to input your designation to TOMITA STATION, depending on where you are leaving from. Without taking the Shinkansen, the trip is about 2 hours long.
You will take the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line or JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Oyama and then transfer to the JR Ryomo Line to Tomita Station.
Get off at Tomita Station and walk about 15 minutes to the park. You can’t miss it (or just follow where everyone else is going). It was really quite easy to get there. I never take the Shinkansen, but it’s a personal preference depending on time. Your JR Pass will cover this trip since it’s on the JR line. Purchase your rail pass here. I’m a trusted partner with this company and they offer a nice selection of passes for a range of dates with reliable delivery service.
Tour Options to Ashikaga Flower Park
Park 2: The Wisteria Tunnel of Kawachi Fuji Garden Kitakyushu, Japan
About Kawachi Fuji Wisteria Japan Garden
However it’s mainly known for having the tunnel of wisteria that’s ever so popular. The tunnel itself was really quite impressive and even longer than I ever thought it would be. And yes, the scent was like a fairytale. But here’s one thing.
Everyone has seen that perfect picture of the tunnel without a single human being. But when you get there, it’s actually covered with people!! I made the huge mistake of not going early enough. If I had to do it over, I would have arrived around 7:30 or some time way before the park even opens. That way you’ll beat out the crowd for photographs.w
How to get to Kawachi Fuji Garden
The Best time to visit The Wisteria Tunnel at kawachi Fuji garden
The cost varies depending on how bloomed the Wisteria is at the moment. So if it’s full bloom expect to pay at least 2,000 yen.
The park hours are from around 9:00am to 5:00pm, but that can change. It’s best to ask your hotel concierge to confirm this for you before you head out. But if you want to beat out the crowd, make sure you get there really early.
There’s not really any food in the park but if you wander around the small town there are some cute Japanese cafes serving soba dishes, etc.