In Touring on Friday 12th Apr, 2019

Move over cherry blossoms, Japan’s wisteria gardens are a must-see

Written by
The wisteria reach full bloom around early to mid May. Source: Getty

Crowds of tourists flock to Japan in the spring to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms every year, however many travellers may not know it’s also the perfect time to take in the country’s incredible wisteria gardens.

Looking like something out of a fairytale, the wisteria plants bloom for a few gorgeous weeks every spring, creating a floral extravaganza that every garden-lover should experience at least once.

Beloved for its sweet fragrance and pretty colours, wisteria has been adored by the Japanese since the 8th century – and no wonder. The blossoms can grow up to around a metre, cascading down in long strings to create a vision in pastels.

If you’re keen to see Japan’s wisteria wonderlands, there’s still plenty of time to plan a trip before 2019’s big bloom.

One of the best places to see wisteria in Japan is the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi. Loads of different flowers mean it’s a riot of colours all year-round, but the wisteria reach full bloom around early to mid May.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by あしかがフラワーパーク (@ashikaga_flower_park) on Jun 21, 2018 at 3:27am PDT

Meanwhile, the other place that’s beloved by wisteria fans is the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan. The park spans roughly 10,000 square metres, and is home to 150 individual wisteria vines in 22 different types of blossoms, ranging from purple, blue and violet to pink and white.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Visit Japan AU & NZ (@visitjapanau) on Mar 24, 2018 at 12:02am PDT

Have you seen the wisteria gardens before?

Leave your comment

Retrieving conversation…