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Wisteria in Kameidoten Shrine
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7 Beautiful Wisteria Festivals Around Tokyo

Every year in Japan, people gather to celebrate the one week blooming period of the beautiful wisteria trees.Come see the many wisteria festivals around Tokyo!

Kameidoten Shrine – Tokyo

Wisteria in Kameidoten Shrine

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.

Kameidoten Shrine

Address: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto Ward, Tokyo

Access: 15 minutes walk from Kameido station

Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 03-3681-0010

Website: Kameidoten Shrine (Japanese)

 

Myofukuji Temple – Chiba

Wisteria in Myofukuji temple

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.

Myofukuji Temple

Address: 1465 Myokencho, Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes walk from Choshi station

Phone: 0479-22-0650

Website: Myofukuji Temple (Japanese)

 

Yokosuka Botanical Garden – Kanagawa

Wisteria in Yokosuka Botanical Garden

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

Admission Fee:
310 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Child)

Phone: 046-853-3688

Website: Yokosuka Botanical Garden (Japanese)

 

Chosenji Temple – Saitama

Wisteria in Chosenji Temple

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.

Chosenji Temple

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

Phone: 0495-72-3122

Website: Chosenji Temple (Japanese)

 

Tamashiki Shrine – Saitama

Wisteria in Tamashiki shrine

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!

Tamashiki Shrine

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

Phone: 0480-73-6022

Website: Tamashiki Shrine (Japanese)

 

 

Ashikaga Flower Park – Tochigi

Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park

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)

Admission Fee::
900 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)

Phone: 0284-91-4939

Website: Ashikaga Flower Park 

 

Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji – Saitama

Wisteria in Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji

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

Admission Fee:

Adult: 1,000 yen

Child: 500 yen

Phone: 48-752-2012

Website: Tokaen Garden, Ushijima no Fuji

 

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