You might want to plan a fantasy trip to Ashikaga Flower Park seeing that wisteria is on its blooming season peak. CNN Travel crew has chosen Ashikaga Flower Park as one of the 2014 dream vacation spots. The park hosts 143 years old purple wisteria which looks similar to the Avatar’s spiritual tree.
Ashikaga Flower Park is situated 80 kilometres away from Tokyo and can be accessed via JR line’s Tomita station. From Tomita station, it is just a 13-minute walk to the park. Just follow the signboards and the crowd. Most of them are heading to the park.
The entrance fee is different for each flowering season. During wisteria season, the entrance fee ranges from JPY900 to JPY1700 and the park is opened from as early as 7 am. The park also has wisterias lit up until 9 pm. Those who would like to enjoy the majestic view of lit-up wisteria can come late and only pay night entrance fee. It will cost from around JPY600 to JPY1400 depending on the day. My suggestion is to see both daylight wisteria and lit-up night wisteria. Come to the park around 3 pm and enjoy it until 7 pm. You will definitely love it!
The wisteria areas are divided into 11 sections from A to K. You can refer to the map below.
If you are going to be there for the whole day, you don’t have to worry about the food. The park offers very nice resting area and a lot of local food. There are Wisteria restaurant and Ajisai Cafe besides small cafeterias and stalls. You can try Sano ramen, Fuji-soba, Utsunomiya gyoza and tochi-otome strawberry soft cream.
And don’t forget to buy Fuji Manju, a popular Japanese confection, as a souvenir!
If you would like to avoid crowds during Golden Week, you might want to visit the park in mid-May as the 80 meters white wisteria tunnel would probably bloom late compared to the purple and light pink wisteria.
For further details on flower blooming and the latest news, please check the Ashikaga Flower Park official website. They have updates on currently blooming wisteria almost every day.