Have you see the movie Avatar?
I’m sure you remember the “Tree of Life” (or “Tree of Souls”) in the movie?
Well this is the REAL tree of life in Japan!
It is the most AMAZING experience to see this purple wisteria in bloom.
AND did you know these wisterias are over 100 years old and they were transplanted from another location in Japan?! It took over 5 years to plan and carry out the transplantation. Nobody knew if it would work, but 2 months after they were planted in this new location at Ashikaga Flower Park, they bloomed! Truly amazing. They really are like the Tree of Life!!
5 Tips to visit here with kids:
It takes 2-3 hours from Tokyo to get here (one way), so I honestly recommend making it a 2-Day trip and stay overnight in a nearby hotel!
There are hotels at Oyama which is a great place to stay as it’s on the way from Tokyo.
The other benefit of staying in a hotel (other than being less tired and more enjoyable for you and the kids) is that you can arrive at the park in the early morning when they open! This is honestly the best way to enjoy before it gets too crowded and too hot!
2.Hats & Sunscreen
It is hot! The park is located in the countryside and very exposed to the sun. So it is very hot!
Make sure you take hats, sunscreen, and even an umbrella to protect you and your kids from the sun.
Ashikaga Flower Park is Stroller-Friendly! There are ramps everywhere and there were many families there with strollers.
It is hot and crowded, so it’s great for your kids if they can rest in the stroller. Highly recommend bringing it with you!
Don’t be afraid to go here even if it’s crowded. I guarantee you can still take amazing photos!
I went in the peak full bloom period, and yes it was crowded, but I could still take photos.
The purple wisteria was HUGE and there are fences to protect the trees, and this has double benefit because it means you can take photos with nobody blocking your view. It was wonderful!
The food stalls don’t accept credit card, so make sure you bring cash with you!
The park is located in the middle of nowhere, and there is NO convenience store (even at the station) so make sure you bring cash with you if you want to buy food and drinks and ice-cream!
On that note…..
There is mainly fast-food (soba, ramen, chicken, chips) at the park, so if you want more healthy food I recommend to bring a picnic with you and eat on the grass. There are lots of seating areas and I saw families bring a picnic mat and sit on the grass with their kids, so it is definitely a great idea!
- Name: Ashikaga Flower Park
- How to get there: You can go by train or by car. I went by train (via Oyama) and I tried to go as early as I could in the morning, but it took 3 hours from my home, so the earliest I could arrive at the park was 9:30am. The park opened at 8:30am, and I wanted to get there when it opened, but it wasn’t possible. Even though I caught the shinkansen from Tokyo to Oyama! On the way back, I caught the local express from Oyama to Shibuya.
- Cost: Adults 1,800yen, Children 900yen (4-12 years), Children under 4 years are free
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