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Ashikaga flower park

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Ashikaga flower park

I just jumped into this:

http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/en/index.html

it seems a beautiful garden, with the most incredible wisteria ever.

does anyone know if is May 15th going to be too late for some serious flower-watching?

for me it would be just a detour on my (rail)way from nikko to fuji

thanks a lot!

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1. Re: Ashikaga flower park

The Ashikaga park has many different kinds of wisterias, some of them are late bloomers. I think May 15th will be a perfect day. Here are photos taken on the 27th:

ashikaga.co.jp/parkdayori/flower/index.html

Photos are updated frequently on their Japanese site, so check them just before you head out.

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2. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Are you there yet? It is perfect now.

…nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/…feature201205091614.html

Just beautiful. Mine is smaller but as beautiful.

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3. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Hi,

I'm going to the park for my trip to Japan next week and I was wondering, do they have lockers or a baggage counter at the park where I can leave my backpack while I enjoy the beautiful wisterias?

It'll also be a detour for me - on my way to Matsumoto.

Any info would be much appreciated.

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4. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Dear Thranduil, depending on the route that you take from Nikko to Fuji (a bit too vague), you might leave your luggage at the lockers in Oyama station.

Dear Makciktim, On your way to Matsumoto from where? And which route are you going to take?

If you are going from Tokyo by Chuo Line, then you might as well leave your luggage in Shinjuku.

If you are taking a detour by Nagano Shinkansen, then you might leave your luggage in Omiya.

If you can allow about 2,500 yen, send your luggage by Takkyubin service to your next destination.

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5. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Oops sorry, I forgot to mention...I will be coming from Nikko. From what I gather on Hyperdia, I will be going through Utsunomiya & Oyama.

While transportation cost isn't a problem (will be using JR East Special Pass), my time is some what limited, so I don't think I can go back & forth a great distance (say put my bag in one of the bigger station like... Utsunomiya? and then come back for it). I would like to arrive in Matsumoto while its still daylight.

If possible, I'd like to avoid using Takkyubin but thank you for the idea, I might need it some other time on this Japan trip...

I just found out - from 'obscure images' - that there are lockers at Ashikaga Station, though limited & medium sized. I can cross my fingers on that...put my bag there & ride back to Tomita station to go to the flower park...

Now, just to have a plan B, back to my original question, are there lockers at the Park? :)

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Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
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6. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Someone who knows a sure date then the purple Wisterias often still are in full bloom?

Going to Tokyo next spring in 4th may but will visit Kyoto also for a couple of days but cant decide if I has to go to this park before or after.

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7. Re: Ashikaga flower park

It depends on the weather but in general early May is a good time for wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park. We were there this year on May 6 and saw a lot.

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8. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Generally late Spring. There is no sure date but you can keep checking on their Japanese website, they update the bloom prediction of all the flowers in the park regularly...use Google translate, it helps! www.ashikaga.co.jp/

I was also there....on 11th May this year, the wisterias were still in full bloom but I reckon it'd already started to wilt.

Note: the white ones, smells heavenly :)

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9. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Ok thanks. Could copy some text and transfered to google translate but not all.

Couldnt find the side where they predict the blooming. But guess its to early to tell already.

But in the beginning of may seems to be a sure thing. Maybe best after the golden week also.

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10. Re: Ashikaga flower park

Yes, I think it is still too early for wisteria prediction and that was exactly my plan, right after Golden Week :)

Enjoy!