This flower garden creates a full sense of the season and magnificence of nature with a wide range of plants and trees. The highlight of the park is the massive Japanese wisteria trellises in bloom from late April to mid-May. You will be totally stunned by four large wisteria vines and 80-metre tunnel of white wisterias，designated as a prefectural natural treasure. In the evening the illuminated wisterias bring dream-like scenes. The park also draws large crowds during the fall and winter months，when the “Bejeweled Flower Garden” is held. It is one of the Kanto area’s top three annual illumination events. The garden welcomes over a million tourists throughout the year.
A Tour of Flower and Culture (One-day Trip)
The town of Ashikaga is just 70 minutes from Asakusa on the Tobu express train.
Take a walk in the Japanese-style streets and enjoy the scenic floral views.
Asakusa Train Station (Tobu Line)
- ↓ １h 10min by TOBU Limited Express
- Tochigi Station
- ↓ 23 mins by JR Ryomo Line
- Ashikaga Flower Park Station
- ↓ 3min by foot
Ashikaga Flower Park1
A breathtaking array of hanging wisterias and an exquisite flower garden for all four seasons.
- ↓ JR Ryomo Line
- Ashikaga Station
- ↓ 5min by foot
Kimono Dressing Experience in Ashikaga2
Dress up in an antique Kimono and travel back in time to the early 1900s!
The silk textile known as “Ashikaga Meisen” was popular for contemporary colours and innovative patterns in the early 1900s.
Dress up in an “Ashikaga Meisen” Kimono at the Ashikaga Machinaka Yugakukan and take a stroll through the stone-paved streets of the historic town. You can even enjoy coordinating Kimonos with modern accessories such as boots and hats in the local style. Come and have a unique and memorable experience!
- ↓ 2min by foot
The site of Ashikaga School3
A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan
It is said that over 3,000 students studied at the school during the disturbances of the 10-year civil war (Onin War) starting in the 15th century.
When the Catholic missionary Francis Xavier came to the country in 1549, he described it as “Japan’s largest and most famous school” in his correspondence. Ashikaga thus became widely known overseas as well.
Today buildings have been restored，and visitors can view classrooms in their original historic form and join a program reading The Analects of Confucius on Sundays.
- ↓ 12min by foot
Ashikaga Orihime Shrine4
A beautiful vermillion-lacquered shrine dedicated to the god of matchmaking
Registered as a Tangible Cultural Property in June 2004， Ashikaga Orihime Shrine has long been worshipped as home to guardian deities of local industry and matchmaking.
The vermillion-lacquered shrine stands in beautiful contrast to the surrounding green forests. Located on the hillside, the shrine commands magnificent views of the city of Ashikaga and the Watarase River. On fine days，the view extends as far as the Kanto Plains and the Tokyo Skytree. The shrine is a starting point for a walking trail through the Prefectural Natural Park. The trail is popular for enjoying seasonal views and is suitable for children.
A large number of visitors come and enjoy music performances and local delicacies at the shrine during the grand spring festival in May and autumn festival in November. It has become a popular dating spot since being named a sacred place for lovers and one of the best night view locations in 2014.
- ↓ 17min by foot (or 14min by bus)
- Ashikaga-shi Station
- ↓ TOBU Limited Express