Superb purple view, Wisteria flowers are in full bloom: Ashikaga Flower Park


At Ashikaga Flower Park, pink, purple, white, and yellow wisteria are in full bloom in order, and many tourists from home and abroad visit.

At the “Japanese wisteria Festival” in Ashikaga Flower Park, it was lit up, and it became a hot topic that it looked like a scene from “Demon Slayer”

On this page, the best time to see wisteria flowers, business hours, highlights in the park, admission fees, discount coupons, access, etc. are introduced.



When the wisteria is in full bloom

Many kinds of wisteria trees are planted in Ashikaga Flower Park, and they bloom in order and reach full bloom.
The colors of the wisteria flowers and the approximate time of full bloom each year are as follows.

・The first to bloom is light red wisteria (pink wisteria)

The best time to see is from mid-April to late April (10 days or more depending on the temperature and weather of the year, the best time may change).
When it is in full bloom, it looks like a pink river is flowing overhead.

・The second is purple wisteria (small wisteria tree)

Purple wisteria will be in full bloom a little later than light red wisteria.
When flowering progresses as usual, it will be in full bloom from mid-April to late April.

・Japanese wisteria reaches full bloom third

Japanese wisteria is the symbol of “Ashikaga Flower Park”.
The best time to see Japanese wisteria is from late April to early May, but in very hot years, it may be in full bloom from mid-April.
There are four Japanese wisteria plants planted in the park.
Depending on how the flowers are blooming, it may look like grapes.
In addition, four Japanese wisteria are designated as natural monuments in Tochigi Prefecture.

・White wisteria is in full bloom after Japanese wisteria

When the best time to see Japanese wisteria is over, the white wisteria will be in full bloom.
The best time to see the white wisteria is from early May to mid-May when flowering progresses as usual.

・The last blooming yellow flower wisteria

The last time to see the best time is yellow flower wisteria, which is in the middle of May.
Ashikaga Flower Park uses the Japanese name “yellow flower wisteria”, but the name is Golden chain tree, which is a different genus from wisteria and is a plant of the Genisteae family.



Japanese Wisteria Festival period and admission fee

For reference, the 2021 holding period and admission fee are shown.

Date: April 15th (Thursday) -May 23rd (Sunday)
Light-up period: April 17th (Sat) -May 16th (Sun)

Business hours:
・ April 15th to April 16th 9: 00-18:00
・ April 17th to April 22nd 8:00-20:30
・ April 23rd to May 5th 7:00-21:00
・ May 6th to May 16th 8:00-20:30
・ May 17th to May 23rd 9:00-18:00

Entrance fee
・ One-day ticket: Adults 900 yen to 1,900 yen / Children 500 yen to 900 yen
・ Night section only: Adults 600 yen to 1,600 yen / Children 300 yen to 800 yen

*Admission fee varies depending on the flowering situation of wisteria


Where to get discount coupons

Discount coupons for Ashikaga Flower Park can be obtained at JR stations, highway SAs, and nearby hotels.
At JR Ashikaga Station, a leaflet with a ¥ 100 discount coupon was placed on the station rack for several years in a row.
In addition, the admission ticket comes with a “re-visit discount ticket” that can be used from the next day, so you can use it if you go to see it the next day or later.

The cheapest is advance tickets that can be purchased at convenience stores, but in 2020 they were not sold due to the issuance of a state of emergency.

While the wisteria flowers are in full bloom, there is a long line at the ticket office.
I think it’s best to buy an advance ticket that is the cheapest and allows you to enter without lining up.



About re-entry on the day

Ashikaga Flower Park cannot be re-entered even on the day of the event.

If you purchase an admission ticket, you can stay in the park all day from a relatively vacant morning to the night when it is lit up, but since there is no free break facility and there is only one restaurant, you can stay in the park all day long. It’s pretty difficult to be there

You can re-enter if you have forgotten something in your car and you cannot stop, but you will not be able to re-enter unless you return in a short time.



Gourmet in the park

At the restaurant in Ashikaga Flower Park, you can eat mainly Japanese food.
However, the disadvantage is that the prices are high and the seats are often full during the period when the wisteria flowers are in full bloom.

Another must-have is Ashikaga Flower Park’s original “Wisteria Soft”.
A light purple soft serve ice cream.
A delicious soft serve ice cream with a gentle scent of wisteria flowers and moderate sweetness.



Access from Ashikaga Flower Park Station and Ashikaga-shi Station

The nearest station to Ashikaga Flower Park is “Ashikaga Flower Park Station” on the JR Ryomo Line.
After exiting the ticket gate of the station, it takes about 3 minutes on foot to reach the west exit entrance gate.
However, the number of trains on the JR Ryomo Line is very small, and there is a time zone of one per hour, so be sure to check the timetable before using the Ryomo Line.

Tobu Railway’s “Ashikaga-shi Station” is easily accessible because it can be reached from Asakusa Station without changing trains, and it is convenient because there are many trains in operation.
However, the distance from Ashikaga-shi Station to Ashikaga Flower Park is about 7.9km.
It is a difficult distance to walk, so you need to walk about 1.2 km from Ashikaga-shi Station to JR Ashikaga Station and take the Ryomo Line to Ashikaga Flower Park Station, or take a paid shuttle bus.
If you use a paid shuttle bus, you are likely to get caught in a traffic jam, so it is recommended that you make a schedule with plenty of time.

※In 2021, the shuttle bus service was canceled to prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

Finally

In early May, when the wisteria flowers are in full bloom, Ashikaga Flower Park is visited by many tourists from Japan and abroad.
It is also attractive to enjoy a completely different beauty during the day and at night when it is lit up.
It is recommended to enjoy both the daytime and the illuminated wisteria at night.

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