If you’re not able to catch the elusive sakura blossoms this year, there are plenty of places around Japan and other parts of Asia to view flowers in spring time. Here are some recommended parks and festivals to check out.
Wisteria in Japan
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Japan may be best known for its cherry blossoms, but the country’s wisteria gardens are just as beautiful. A particular famous spot is the wisteria tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, about six hours away from Tokyo. This private garden is a popular place to view these fairy-tale-like trees whose cascading tresses of flowers range from white to pale blue and purple. The garden is open to public during wisteria season from end April to early May. Due to crowd control during peak season, advance reservations are required to enter the garden.
Another place to see these flowers is in the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture – about 90 minutes from Tokyo. This park is home to lots of blue, white and pink wisteria. Look out for a 100-year-old wisteria tree with blue flowers and a long tunnel of white wisteria flowers. The flowers here are usually in full bloom at the start of May.
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