Kameidoten Shrine – Tokyo
Wisteria Blooming Period: Late April to early May
Kameidoten Shrine is often considered one of the best places to view wisteria flowers in Tokyo. The wisteria flowers at this shrine date back to Tsunayoshi, the fifth Tokugawa shogun, and Yoshimune, the eighth shogun, who visited the shrine to view the wisteria flowers here. The shrine features over 15 trellises of over 100 different varieties of wisteria you can view. The historic wisteria flowers at this shrine have inspired many famous artists wisteria flower prints and paintings. The shrine features a tranquil pond, giving this wisteria viewing spot a unique atmosphere.
Address: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Access: 15 minutes walk from Kameido station
Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Kameidoten Shrine (Japanese)
Myofukuji Temple – Chiba
Wisteria Blooming Period: Early May
The Myofukuji temple dates back to 1314. Wisteria flower trellises at this beautiful temple stand over 2 meters tall. The temple is often known as the Wisteria temple due to the over 700 hundred year old wisteria trees that cover the temple. Myofukiji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple that has maintained its traditions throughout the centuries. The wisteria flowers at the temple bloom in early May, making the temple very crowded during this time. The temple is especially beautiful during this time of the year, and is definately worth a visit.
Address: 1465 Myokencho, Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes walk from Choshi station
Website: Myofukuji Temple (Japanese)
Yokosuka Botanical Garden – Kanagawa
Wisteria Blooming Period: April 22nd to May 5th in 2017
The Yokosuka Botanical Garden features over 412 different kinds of iris flowers on 3.8 hectares of land. The garden has over 140,000 flowers in bloom by early July. The Wisteria festival begins in late April and showcases the beautiful wisteria flowers throughout the garden. During your visit you can enjoy the 11 kinds of over 250 wisteria flowers as well as the hundreds of irises the garden has on display.
Yokosuka Botanical Garden
Address: 18 Abekura, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 2 minutes walk from Shobuen Bus stop
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
310 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Child)
Website: Yokosuka Botanical Garden (Japanese)
Chosenji Temple – Saitama
Wisteria Blooming Period: Late April to Early May
This temple is over 650 years old, and features 8 kind of wisteria flowers on 8 trellises. The main hall of the temple has two large trellises, and the total area of wisteria covers 2500 square meters. The temple has white, pink, and purple wisteria flowers. The tree ages range from 250 to 350 years old. The temple is a great stop to view learn about the history of the temple while viewing the beautiful wisteria flowers during blooming season.
Address: 901 Kodamachō Takayanagi, Honjo City, Saitama Prefecture
Access: 15 minute taxi drive from Kodama Station
Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Admission Fee: 500 yen
Website: Chosenji Temple (Japanese)
Tamashiki Shrine – Saitama
Wisteria Blooming Period: Late April to May 5th
The shrine dates back to ancient times but was lost during wartime. The shrine was rebuilt in 1627 and has remained the same since. The “Great Spring Festival will be May 5th which will mark the end of the wisteria blooming season. The festival is held every year and features live music, food, and traditional dance. The shrine features several wisteria trees and seven small shrines and one large shrine each protecting their respective deity. Come see the wisteria flowers and also visit May 5th for the Great Spring Festival!
Address: 552 Kisai, Kazo-shi, Saitama-ken
Access: Take bus from JR Takasaki Line Konosu Station for ten minutes It is seven minutes on foot from Kisei 1 bus stop
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Website: Tamashiki Shrine (Japanese)
Ashikaga Flower Park – Tochigi
Wisteria Blooming Period: Late April to Early May
Ashikaga Flower Park is a very large and gets extremely crowded during wisteria season. The gardens features over 300 wisteria trees. There are many other sections of the garden depending on the season such as the water lily pond area, azalea flower area, and peony flower area. During wisteria blooming time the garden extends its hours till 9pm and illuminates the garden with many beautiful lights when it gets dark. They also have music and food stands during the week of blooming.
Ashikaga Flower Park
Address: 607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga city, Tochigi Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from Tomita Station
Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm (during wisteria season)
900 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)
Website: Ashikaga Flower Park
Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji – Saitama
Wisteria Blooming Period: April 26th to May 4th
The wisteria trees at this historic garden are over 1,200 years old. The longest flowers reach 2 meters in length and the some of the trellises are over 700 square meters. The flowers are a beautiful dark lilac color, and are considered some of the most beautiful in Japan. There are also iris flowers, pine trees, and other species. The park has a unique historic charm and are originally the grounds of the Renge-in temple, which was abolished in 1964. After the temple was abolished, it was converted into the gardens we see today. All the wisteria trees are the original trees from the temple. The legend from the historic records says the wisteria trees were planted by the famous and revered buddhist monk Kobo Daishi.
Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji
Address: 786 Kasukabe, Ushijima, Saitama Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes walk from Fujino ushijima Station
Hours: 8:00am- 6:00pm
Adult: 1,000 yen
Child: 500 yen
Website: Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji