The Wisteria festival at the Kameido Tenjin is one of the lesser known flower festivals but equally as beautiful. The beautiful purple blooms come out near the end of April until early May (specifically from April 18 to May 5, 2015 this year). It is quite breathtaking, literally and figuratively with the lovely fragrance in the air.
There are 15 trellises full of wisteria of over 100+ varieties. It is also famous for the gorgeous red arching bridge. The wisteria were planted more than 300 years ago when the temple was built. Situated on an Edo period style temple grounds with a small lake complete with koi fish, turtles and ducks lounging under a canopy of wisteria. The bridge across the grounds provide a perfect backdrop for pictures. The reflection of the blossoms from the water is quite a sight to behold.
The blossoms are even more lovely at night when they are illuminated after sunset. Admission is free and can get quite busy during the weekends and holidays especially when they are at full bloom during golden week.
The temple is easily accessible via JR and metro lines. During the festival dates it is easy to see lines of people surrounding the blossoms, not to mention the food, ice cream and festival themed wares around the area. It is a great way to spend a spring day. One can see not only locals with their families, but tourists looking for the perfect photo opportunity. It is quite close to Tokyo Sky Tree and on a clear day can easily see it alongside the blossoms.
The area around the shrine itself is full of boutique shops, restaurants and a family oriented park complete with a playground and water fountain/play area. There is even a bustling shopping mall only a 10 to 15 min walk away. Literally something for everyone!
Address: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Transport Kameido Station (Sobu line); Kinshicho Station (Sobu, Hanzomon lines)