Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The largest wisteria garden in Japan with over 350 wisteria trees in a park of 94,000 m². There are many visitors every year during the season of ‘Wisteria Story - Great Wisteria Festival’. 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. Recently the park has been chosen and certified by night view appraisers as the best illumination display in Japan. The ‘Flower Garden of Lights’ illumination display is extremely popular.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Travelove58
11,313 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We were here last May ( see my earlier review ), the park was very beautiful with all the multi types of colourful blooming flowers. However now being winter, there were hardly any flowers at all. The vast & empty flower gardens are now replaced by thousands & thousands of LED lights displays - in various forms, sizes, colours & shapes. It's more of an illuminated light show park rather than a flower park. Don't waste your time coming so far here in winter - just to see an ordinary light show!
This place takes about 2 hours from Tokyo one way, depending on traffic. Actually we did not intend to come here again as we had been here last year. But it was part of a day tour, so no choice.
Written February 15, 2024
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catteaa
singapore145 contributions
Apr 2013
This is my 3rd time to Tokyo and we wanted to do something different rather than just shopping and eating. Since we arrived Tokyo late April, we decided to catch wisteria (Sakura season is over and this year is rather warm and wisteria were already in full blooms).

Ashikaga Flower Park is in Ibaraki Prefecture and requires 2 hours of traveling by rail from Tokyo. The journey is covered by JR pass which saves you a good 7000yen. Just use Hyperdia and search for Tomita JR station and follow the route. Remember to walk fast when changing trains at Oyama since they are perfectly timed. Do not alight at Ashikaga station! After you reach Tomita, it is a 15-20mins stroll from and towards the right side of the station. As you walk out of the station there will be some stalls selling bento, onigiri, fried chicken and etc. We bought some food from them since we do not want to queue for food in the park. They were delicious and cheap! We brought them to the park and had a quick picnic. There were chairs and tables provided in the park, you can also bring your own mats to picnic and enjoy the beautiful sights.

The entrance fee was 1600yen however it can be as low as 500yen during non-peak seasons. The fee is worth paying since the wisteria and azaleas were at their best.

We spent an amazing 2 hours in the park savouring the pretty blooms and great weather.

They have many different flowers according to season and generally is per below:

Feb-March-Tulips
March-April - Sakura
May - Wisteria, Azalea, Shiba
May-June - Rose
June-Aug- hydrangea
Sept - Sunflower/Lavendar
Nov-Chrysanthemum
Winter-Xmas lighting

There are 4 huge wisteria tress - purple in color. There are also many other varieties ranging from white to pink to yellow. Amazing!

You can check out the website - http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/en/wisteria.html

There are tours offering this as a side trip together with strawberries picking. They cost typically about 10k yen per person with lunch and travel mode is bus. However if you have a JR pass, I'll strongly recommend you to go on your own. We didn't speak Japanese and yet we were able to figure our way out. We spent less than 5000yen for two person with JR pass.

Please check out my photos (they look so nice even though they were taken using iPhone).

I think this is the highlight of my trip to Tokyo and it should be ranked as #1...I am just a very "blooms" person.
Written May 7, 2013
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Travelgirl08
Yokohama, Japan47 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
This is one of my favorite spots in Japan to visit and I love the Wisteria or Fuji as they call it in Japanese. The scent is incredible too!! I live in Yokohama and I’ve been here the last two years in a row. Wisteria peaks in early to mid-May, BUT JUST MAKE SURE TO GO BEFORE or AFTER GOLDEN WEEK! Golden Week is a Japanese holiday where literally everyone in Japan goes on holiday so it’s a much better experience to go when there are a lot less people. Golden week changes each year but it’s normally the end of April to early May. Plan your trip around GW.

It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo. It’s a very big park so be sure to give yourself at least 2 hours, and if you’re a photographer like myself, then you’ll probably want the entire day to photograph all the other amazing kinds of flowers and relax as well.

Here’s a great article telling you EVERYTHING and more you need to know about going here. http://www.thepassportlifestyle.com/wisteria-tunnels-of-japan/
Written August 26, 2014
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RossOntario
Ontario, Canada1,321 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We visited Ashikaga Flower Park during the Golden Week. We were so worried that it would be so crowded and touristy. But to our pleasant surprise, there were mainly Japanese. Not a lot of foreigners.
We bought the JR Kanto pass. This trip is covered by the pass.
We got off at Tomita station. And right outside the station, there were food vendors selling Onigiri. There was a long line, so we thought it must be good. So we bought a few for our picnic in the park.
We then walk for about 15 mins to the park. Very easy, just follow the locals.
Admission was ¥1,400 each.
The displays of wisteria were breathtaking.
The meandering paths of spring flowers, the wisteria tunnel, and the 144 year old wisteria tree, help me feel so alive, especially when we just had 6 months of winter in Canada.
At first I was sad to have missed the Sakura season, but this, in my opinion is more special. Very few places has so many wisteria trees, more than 350.
This is a "must go" if you go to Tokyo in May.
Written June 20, 2015
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catchat105
New Jersey168 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We came here in early May to view the wisteria during their Great Wisteria Festival. I found their social media to be helpful in determining what we would be able to see.

Some of the large wisteria trees were in peak bloom or past peak bloom by the time we got there, but there were still lots of smaller trees and other colors of wisteria that were still in bloom.

For a nature lover, this place is worth the excursion out of Tokyo, where we were staying. This place is accessible by train (it has its own stop), but as a group, we rented a car and stayed in the nearby Nikko area. This seems to be a place you can go to in any season, with attractions differing throughout the year.
Written May 26, 2019
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austranomads
Australia54 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
This is a lovely flower park approx 10 minutes by train from Ashikaga to the Tomita Station (Y200 each way) and then about 15 minutes walk.
A visit here can be combined with a visit to the Kurita Porcelain Museum, about 15 minutes walk away.
The best time to visit is the Wisteria season, although flowers seem to bloom here all year!
Written December 5, 2014
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Phloxylady TO
Toronto, Canada242 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
The visit to this Flower Park was one of two highlights of our trip to Japan (Fuji-en in Yahata was the other). We visited on May 6th, 2014 and the pinks, whites, lavenders and DOUBLE wisteria were all in full bloom. The delicate fragrance of the ropes of wisteria cannot be added to this page! Huge bushes and trees loaded with blooms greeted us. It was magical.
The very old and spreading trees take one's breath away....such care taken to preserve these trees.
We took the Shinkansen to Omiya and then transferred to the local train and got off at TOMITA station for the 15 minute walk to the garden. Very easy to do. Using these trains, about one hour from Tokyo Station.
Also in bloom when we were there: azaleas, rhododendrons, petunias, poppies and more. The garden staff were starting to prepare other plantings too.. The map given when making payment to enter is a great help - be sure to pick it up. Don't miss the "floating" gardens. Awesome!
The souvenir shop is also worth a visit...lots of things to buy to bring home. A special treat near the back of the park was the stand selling wisteria flavoured soft ice cream! Crazy fun
Written June 11, 2014
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Tonya K
Eagle, ID7 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
We visited the Park on the 17th of May so we missed the white and pink wisteria, and the lavender wisteria was waning, so only the yellow wisteria were in full bloom. I admit I was a little disappointed that we missed the wisteria in full bloom, but the Park was still breathtaking! There were so many flowers, many unique to Japan as far as we could tell. The colors are vibrant and the fragrance is so lovely.

We were the only Westerners that we saw all day so it was a special treat to be a part of the way the Japanese reverence nature. Everyone was smiling and taking it all in. There are wisteria tunnels, "curtains," trellises, and so much more. The large tree canopies are so big that you can easily walk under them and they stretch on and on, 1000 meters (about 1100 yards). The main tunnel is 80 meters long (about 285 feet).

In addition to the glorious wisteria you can see petunia "islands" that are pyramids of flowers in reflecting ponds, foxgloves in tall almost conical shapes in the "flower stage," rose trellises, and a multitude of paths to explore roses, rhododendron, poppies, etc. The Park is 20 acres and you can spend hours here. We did and were surprised how fast it went!

There are many little gift shops throughout the Park and one main one that funnels the crowd in and out of the Park. There were aprons, washcloths, scarves, cookies and candies, mochi, postcards and the like, all with a wisteria theme. We purchased seeds to grow our own; they were odd little black pellet shaped seeds, but we are looking forward to starting our own "wisteria story."

It was a hot day and we tried their wisteria/vanilla soft serve ice cream. It really hit the spot and was yummy too.

We paid 1100 yen for the entrance fee and received maps and several brochures.

To get to the Park, take the Shinkonsen to Oyama station, (Do NOT get off in Ashikaga!) walk downstairs to take a smaller train to Tomita station. You have to go outside the Shinkonsen and with another ticket go downstairs to catch this train. The Tomita station has little maps printed out and it's about a 15 minute walk. Exit the station, turn right, walk over the train overpass, past Kurita Museum (another stop worth considering), turn left at the traffic light and u-turn down a small road past the little hotel. The small road will turn right under a small overpass and you're almost there! The Park is on your left. Walk through the parking lot and purchase your tickets before entering the shop.

Again, we wish we could have gone sooner but medical complications made us delay our trip. I wish the Flower Park did a better job of projecting and advising about the timing of the wisteria like Japan does with cherry blossom festival where you watch a sakura forecast country wide!

We are considering going to Kitakyushu, Japan, to see the wisteria at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Fukuoka next Spring, which is another big wisteria location and further south.
Written May 22, 2014
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
Dec 2019 • Business
Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination is arguably the best illuminated park in all of Japan. Walking under all the magical lights truly makes for a spectacular and enjoyable evening.
Written January 9, 2020
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Sony Rajan
Tokyo, Japan204 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
This place is a must do when in full bloom. Had been here in 2013 May. Its a 2 hour train ride from Tokyo. There are loads of people who visit the place and all you need to do is follow the swarm of people heading to the park from the station. Keep at least 3-4 hours to take it all in.
Written March 18, 2014
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