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Ashikaga Flower Park Japan

Last month I went back to Ashikaga Flower Park, which is at this point my favorite garden in Japan. It’s not a traditional Japanese garden but it’s famous for its beautiful Wisteria trees, Wisteria illumination, and a vast array of flowers in the spring and throughout the year. 

I’ve visited there every spring for the last three years, and last year I sadly left thinking it would be my last time visiting the garden for a long while. So getting to go back for one last spring was really quite special.

The trip there from Tokyo was a good two hours. You can read more about these details on my prior post on the Wisteria Tunnels in Japan, A Peak Into the Whimsical Wisteria Tunnels of Japan. But you can come here to see the best purple Wisteria in Japan. However, Kawachi Fuji Garden is also really beautiful too, but it’s very far from Tokyo.

On the way back I missed a local train so I think it took over three hours to get home. I’ve almost forgotten how much harder it is getting here than most day trips, seeming as you don’t take the Shinkansen. 

But I chose to go the day before the start of Golden week, April 24th, which meant that the Wisteria was only partially bloomed, but honestly, this was my favorite visit to the park out of the last three years.

The garden was almost completely empty, the sun was shining, and soft classical music played throughout the garden all afternoon while I wandered around basking in its beauty. For five hours that afternoon, I had Wonderland all to myself.

I definitely recommend visiting Ashikaga Flower Park if you have the chance. It’s always a trade-off between going earlier before full bloom or going to a more crowded park. I personally think it’s significantly more enjoyable walking around a vast garden all to yourself.

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How to Get to Ashikaga Flower Park

Ashikaga Flower Garden is the larger of the two parks and is a lot easier to get to from Tokyo. I ALWAYS use Hyperdia to get train time schedules around Japan. It’s the best resource, fully in English.

Time to Go
 The first year, I went during the last week of April on April 26th (a few days before GW) and it was a bit under-bloomed, but it was still beautiful. I went this year on May 7th and I think there was more green. They were both nice times. Wisteria blooms once a year from the end of April through the middle of May.

Cost
 Varies on the season but it’s around ¥1,000.

Hours
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Though during Wisteria season, they often keep the park open after 5:00 PM for a night-time viewing on certain nights.

Getting There
 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.

Food
There’s plenty of food in the park, but it’s mostly all Japanese-style foods such as soba, yakitori, etc. But don’t miss out on the purple Wisteria flavored ice-cream!!

Tips

  • It’s a very large park, you can spend HOURS here!! If you’re going with a tour group, make sure they spend at LEAST 2 hours at this park, preferably more if you’re into photography. It’s probably better to go yourself if it’s less time. Heck, spend the day there, bring a hat, a book, and relax in the garden!
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  • At Tomita station keep an eye out for coupons for the park.

  • There’s an illumination at night too so be sure to check on the times.

The entrance
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The entrance off the street to Ashikaga Flower Park
The entrance to the park
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Entering the park through the greenhouse gift shop
Buying Wisteria merch
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You can find lots of Wisteria gifts and snacks here

Self portrait in the garden
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4 Comments

  1. January 5, 2018 at 7:43 am — Reply

    Hey hey! I lived 5 years in Ashikaga and had plenty of occasions to take a stroll in the park. It’s fun to find your article, even if it’s almost 3 years later. Wisterias are amazing of course, but have you tried visiting during Christmas season? The winter illuminations are fabulous, a child’s dream!
    From Kita-Senju station in Tokyo you can ride the Ryomo (Takasaki Line) and get off in Ashikaga 1 hour later. You can also take it in Asakusa but the ride is a tad but longer, 1h15. There is also a stop at Solamachi, the Tokyo Skytree mall, between Kita Senju and Asakusa. The ticket is around 1.800 – 2000 yens depending on the time.

    If you feel like a full day in Ashikaga, or staying a night, the Bannaji is a buddhism sanctuary that offers really nice views. The streets around are pedestrian firendly: kimono shops, omiyage, sembei street vendor… Ceramics lovers will delight in the large museum near the Flower Park: amazing collections of porcelains!!

  2. HandLuggageOnly
    June 19, 2015 at 9:39 am — Reply

    These tips are going straight towards our preparation for our future trip to Japan. Thanks! 😉

  3. Desiree
    May 21, 2015 at 6:06 am — Reply

    These are such beautiful pictures! Wow!! Sounds like an amazing day. Traveling to Japan is high on my bucket list!! I hope to come here one day!

    • May 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm — Reply

      Thank you! Hope you can visit sometime too it’s a beautiful place.

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