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Yes, This Is One Wisteria Plant!

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In case you need proof that “the harder a garden is to get to, the more spectacular it is,” look no further than Ashikaga Flower Park. Two solid hours from Tokyo by car (or two and a half hours hopping on and off four different trains), I didn’t believe any flowers could be worth the trip.

But as you can see, I was oh so wrong!

Not only are they huge, they’re lit up at night
Here's the entire plant at night, reflected in a nearby pond!
And the whole place is designed with reflecting ponds, so you can get pix like THIS
Size matters: these wisteria flowers are over a meter long!
These wisteria flowers are over a meter long!
White ones, over a bridge at twilight
White ones, over a bridge at twilight
White ones, as far as the eye can see
A glowing tunnel of yellow wisteria
Up close, they're beautiful too.
Up close, they’re beautiful too.
Wisteria, wisteria, everywhere you look!

Getting to Ashikaga Flower Park without a car takes about 2.5 hours by train. To get there, plug your nearest station into the Train Finder or download a free Japan Travel mobile app to your phone (I use Navitime Japan Travel) with Ashikaga Flower Park Station as the destination.

Open: Every day, 9:00-21:00 from mid-April to the end of May

Admission: ¥1700 for adults

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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