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Japan’s Wisteria Tunnels Are Even More Magical Than Its Cherry Blossoms — Here’s Where to See the Best Blooms

Every spring, travelers from around the world visit Japan to see the country’s cherry blossoms, but the season also brings several other stunning blooms to admire.

Wisteria, known as fuji in Japanese, may only be the country’s second most famous flowers, but thanks to their ability to bend, wisteria can be turned into large tunnels of blue, pink, purple, and white to make for a kaledescopic stroll. 

While peak blooming periods can vary depending on the temperature, lucky visitors may be able to catch Japan’s cherry blossoms and wisteria blooms in one trip. 

Wisteria typically bloom around late April and early May, with slight variations depending on the type of wisteria in bloom.

For example, pale red wisteria typically reach full bloom around mid to late April, while white wisteria reach full bloom around early May and Kibana wisteria reach full bloom around early to mid May.

The Ashikaga Flower Park is the only location in Japan with a Kibana wisteria tunnel visitors can walk underneath. It’s also home to more than 350 different wisteria trees that bloom in colors ranging from light violets and pinks to purples, whites, and bright yellows.

The park also has a 150-year-old wisteria tree and more than 5,000 azalea bushes that can be admired around the same time. 

The wisteria festival runs from April 13 through May 19, with admission ranging from 900 to 1,800 yen (about $8 to $16) for adults and between 500 and 900 yen (about $4 to $8) for children depending on the day of the visit.

Read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/japan-cherry-blossom-wisteria-blooms-spring-flowers

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