The Great Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

The Great Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

The Great Wisteria Festival is a month-long festival celebrating the blooming of the great wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Japan. The great wisteria is an astoundingly large 150-year-old tree spread over a 600-tatami trellis area and spanning 1,000 square meters. In 2014, CNN named the Great Wisteria Festival one of its Top 10 World Dream Destinations, comparing the great wisteria to the Tree of Souls in the movie "Avatar."

 

Visitors from all around the world visit Ashikaga Park each spring to see the great wisteria in full bloom. Its colors change from light red to purple, white and then yellow, making for a one-of-a-kind spectacle. The cascading wisteria blossoms are an amazing sight at any time of day, but the best time to visit is after dark, as this is when the great wisteria is illuminated. And while the great wisteria is the main attraction of the Great Wisteria Festival, Ashikaga Park also boasts thousands of vibrant azalea bushes. Tickets are available at the park's entrance, with admission costing between ¥900-¥1800 in the daytime and ¥600-¥1,500 after 5:30 p.m.

 

This year's festival is scheduled to take place from April 18-May 20, 2018. Ashikaga is located approximately 80 miles north of Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND). The simplest way to reach the Great Wisteria Festival is by flying to HND, and then taking the Ryomo railway line to the Ashikaga Flower Park Station.

 

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