Ashikaga Flower Park
The Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Japan is an amazing jewel just an hour train ride from Tokyo city center. The Ashikaga Flower Park is a huge park filled with flowers of all colors and styles arranged in color-coded patches that offer a relaxing and mind-bending experience. The central element and pride of the Ashikaga Flower Park is the Wisteria flower arrangement which has be dubbed “the most beautiful Wisteria in the world.” Although it’s always difficult to backup such claims, the Ashikaga Flower Park does an amazing job of making you believe it when you walk under what seems to be a sky full of flowers.
Japan is a seasonal country, therefore the park needs to adapt to the floral requirements imposed by the weather and the changing of seasons. Visitors can find eight different floral arrangements throughout the year also called the Eight Floral Seasons. It is worth a visit to every single season as the gardeners do a beautiful job at arranging all the flowers together to reflect each flowering season at the Ashikaga Flower Park.
From early January to late February visitors can see an arrangement of seasonal flowers at the Ashikaga Flower Park. Visitors can gaze upon the Pleasant’s Eye, Christmas roses and Winter Clematis of which are all seasonal flowers at the Ashikaga Flower Park. There is a soft pink tone to this season that breaks through the winter weather.
Spring Flower Festival
From early March to mid-April, tulips, Crocus and Thunberg’s Meadowsweet seasonal flowers at the Ashikaga Flower Park will take the front stage in a multi-colored wonder. The contrast of the cold day with warm seasonal flowers will definitely give you a warm feeling.
From mid-April to mid-May the Japanese Wisteria, the Japanese Azalea and the Peony are the stars of the show at the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi. There will be a many visitors during this time to view the Japanese Wisteria so make sure to come early to enjoy some of the dangling Wisteria flowers.
From mid-May to early June, Roses, Rhododendron and Clematis offer a soft, early summer feel at Ashikaga Flower Park. Walk around the park and enjoy the smell of flowers floating in the air.
From early June to early July, Iris, Hydrangea and late blooming Clematis change the landscape into a bi-color reality at the Ashikaga Flower Park. The simplicity of the colors is relaxing and offers visitors zen-like enjoyment of the moment.
From early July to late September, Ashikaga Flower Park takes on a tropical feel with Lantana and tropical water lilies. It feels like a nice transition towards fall as visitors focus on the last remnants of summer.
From early October to late November, Ashikaga Flower Park takes on a purple hue with Amethyst sage, Mexican Bush Sage and Pansies spread around the park.
Bejeweled Flower Garden
Finally, from the end of October to late January, the festive illuminations, Pansies and Violas take over for the end of years celebrations at the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan as children and adults share joy.
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With 200 seats and a wide variety of food for both Japanese cuisine lovers or those who prefer more western dishes, visitors will find what they need to fill their stomachs then go back out to see the flowers. The Ashikaga Flower Park restaurant is situated on the right-hand side of the entrance of the Ashikaga Flower Park. No matter what visitors choose as their main dish, visitors should make sure to finish it up with a Wisteria flavored ice cream!
To finish up their visit, visitors can spot the Ashikaga Flower Park Flower shop on the way home where they can purchase seeds, standard flowers or event fruit baskets for home or as gifts for loved ones. They shops staff is very knowledgeable as they will help visitors make a choice and then give visitors advice on how to care for their new flowers.
When visiting the Ashikaga Flower Park the gift shop is a must-see for taking some of the day’s memories back home. With several flower based products on display, the Ashikaga Flower Park souvenir shop offers some exquisitely local made delicacies such as tea and cakes; all of which are worth every yen.
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Ashikaga Flower Park
Address: 607 Ukimacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (March to November)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (November to March)
Access: 12 minute walk from Tomita Station
Admission Fee: 300 – 1,200 yen depending on what time of the year visiting
Website: Ashikaga Flower Park Official Site