Admire Wisteria in Japan

Climbing and drooping plants

Wisteria turn heads from mid-April to early May with its millions of small, intoxicatingly scented flowers. Also called the “Flower of Fuji”, this tree flower is much loved in Japan for its heavy, colorful clusters. They have been a popular motif for kimono fabrics, but also in paintings, prints, and traditional ceramics for hundreds of years. Here we have selected five popular locations where these climbing plants bloom!

This park, where a hundred of these climbing plants are planted, is open to all and free. During the flowering period, a tree lighting show is held here. You can also take advantage of the food and drink stalls during this period.

 

  • Access: 15 minutes on foot from Kameido Station or 15 min on foot from Kinshicho Station on the Sobu and Hanzomon lines.
  • Address: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto, 136-0071 Tokyo
Les illuminations des glycines du Kameido-tenjin

The illuminations of Kameido-tenjin

Manishprabhune

The park is divided into eight zones representing different kinds of wisteria depending on whether they are white, purple, long, or short.

Don't miss the wisteria-colored ice cream! It's the perfect snack to regain strength while admiring the colors of nature.

 

  • Access: 13 min on foot from Tomita station (JR Ryomo line) and about 1h30 from Tokyo
  • Address: 607 Hasama, 329-4216 Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Glycine au parc floral d’Ashikaga

Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

Hiroaki Kaneko

The tunnels created by these trees allow you to enjoy the flowers at eye level and admire the colors. Rest areas have also been built under bamboo huts covered with this magnificent climbing plant.

 

  • Access: Take the JR Yokosuka line to Kinugasa station, then a Keihin express bus to Shobu-en stop, and walk for 2 min.
  • Address: 18-1 Abekura, 238-0033 Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
Glycine au Yokosuka Shobu-en

Yokosuka Shobu-en Wisteria

椎林隆夫

The wisteria pergolas, installed in the park, have around sixty wisterias of twelve different species. Visitors can then admire various brightly colored wisteria in shades of purple, pink, and white.

They are also accompanied by other flowers such as azaleas and peonies, which bloom at the same time.

 

  • Access: 45 min from Nagoya train station to Konan station, then by bus to Mandara-ji station, 2 min walk.
  • Address: 202 Tera, Maehibo, 483-8336 Konani, Aichi Prefecture
Glycines au Mandara-ji

Wisteria at Mandara-ji

Bariston

The wisteria is the flower present on the family crest of the Fujiwara clan, the family has dominated the government of Japan from 710 to 1160. The clan then controlled a large part of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, and built the shrine of Kasuga Taisha in 768. You can thus find it everywhere, in decoration or real life.

 

  • Access: Kasuga Taisha Honden bus stop, or by train, about a 25 min walk from Kintetsu Railways station.
  • Address: 160 Kasugano-cho, 630-8212 Nara, Nara Prefecture
Degueulasse

Wisteria Sunazuri no Fuji

Wisteria Sunazuri no Fuji

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