A view of lavender and wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park

The JR Ashikaga Flower Park station entrance, with its steps decorated with photos of wisteria.

Recently, I went to Ashikaga Flower Park, a tourist spot in the Kanto region, which is famous for the wisteria festival with some friends. Situated in Tochigi prefecture, this place is about 2 hours by normal train or about more than 1 hour if gone by express trains, including the shinkansen bullet train. Aiming to view at the splendid view of wisteria, my friends and I departed early in the morning from our respective places to the Ashikaga Flower Park station.

I first grew interest of this station due to its unique jingle sound/music played depending on the train direction (see below). Later on, the distinctive view of wisteria (purple-colored flower) and the peak viewing season became the reason I decided to visit.

During the peak season, entrance fee is priced at JPY1900 (which is a bit pricey, in my opinion). Being a flower park, upon entry, one can see various kinds of flowers, which bloom at different seasons, such as maple leaves in autumn, and rose during spring and summer, etc. The flower park itself is divided into multiple sections.

The park’s interior map.
(Source: http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flyer/details.php?type=news&id=260)

However, the view of Japanese wisteria (below) truly blew us away. I jokingly said that I wanted to find an empty spot to lie down and stare at the ceiling full of purple-colored wisteria, but couldn’t do so due to coronavirus, and other reasons.

Purple-colored wisteria fills the sight with the crowd busying appreciating the sight.

The “Light Pink Bridge” (below) had the wisteria plant decorated as well, which matched well under the bright sun.

The Light Pink Bridge (うす紅橋) decorated with wisteria.

While we were strolling around the area, we passed by a small eatery selling coffee and local sandwich. What attracted my eyes was the uniquely designed, flower themed sandwich, which looked delicious!

Fruit themed sandwich which had flower decorations. Looks yummy!
View of the park taken from another angle.

Along the way, I noticed a woman drawing while sitting on the floor. Equipped with her drawing set, she was drawing a huge tree, along with the wisteria decorating it, which was amazingly drawn. I didn’t talk to her but I couldn’t help but to admire her skills and drawing.

A woman drawing a tree and its surrounding wisteria while sitting on the floor.

Before leaving the park, we had a quick lunch, which included the locally famous potato yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles) and the fuji (wisteria) ice cream (see both below).

Potato yakisoba
Lavender flavored fuji (wisteria) ice cream

Train station sign for JR Ashikaga Flower Park.

This flower park was chosen by CNN in 2014 as one of the dream destinations in the world. When the pandemic gradually subsides and international travel is permitted, and if you happen to be in Tokyo, why not consider spending half a day here? I’m sure you’ll be amazed by not only the wisteria tree, but also the other plants and flowers on display here.

Location: Ashikaga Flower Park, 607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture 329-4216. Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/. To view the wisteria flowers at its peak, do come during mid-April to mid-May. More information is available at its official website.

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