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ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK
(Photos: April 29, 2016)
|The park contains eight thematic gardens delighting visitors with beautiful flowers all seasons. Must-see sights are the four large wisteria trellises in full bloom around late April and early May.
The giant 130 year wisteria tree was first located at the Hayakawa Farm of Horigome-cho in the midst of Ashikaga City but due to the urban developement plan of Ashikaga City, the jumbo wisteria tree was moved to the present site of Hasama-cho, Ashikaga, suburban areas of the city in 1997 and became the symbol of the newly opened park. Besides the wisterias, visitors can enjoy azaleas in full bloom at this time of the year.
Visitors at the park are also recommended to call at Kurita Museum. They have great collections of Imari and Nabeshima wares. Location is just across the train lines of JR Ryomo Line from the flower park.
Giant Wisteria Festival: April 16-May 22 Light Up from April 23. Best time to see will soon be over (purple wisteria in full boom as of May 1 while yellow wisteria keep blooming until middle of May).
Open: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
URL: Ashikaga Flower Park
Address: 607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture
Access: Tomita Station on JR Ryomo Line
Admission: 1,700 yen (varies depending on blooming of the flowers)