Spring in Japan: Wonderful Wisteria & Billions of Exquisite Blooms [34 PICS]

March 10th, 2014 Permalink

If you’ve just been through the mother of all winters, then hang in there. Eventually, all the long hard winters give way to spring. We’ve looked at Europe, where gorgeous bluebells carpet the woods, but winter in Japan gives way to a cheerful springtime bonanza of cherry blossoms. There are also pathways among millions upon millions of exquisite blooms, wonderful hanging wisteria and wisteria tunnels that are like something out of a dream. We hope you like these photos of springtime in Japan. [34 Photos]

Wisteria tunnel in Japan

The USA’s long hard winter is about to give way to spring. While you wait, this wisteria tunnel is a gorgeous example of spring in Japan at Kawachi Fuji Gardens. Photo #1 by Binary cse

Purple wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

Purple wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park. The photographer wrote, “There are about 160 wisterias in Ashikaga Flower Park which are over 60 years old.” Another has reached a respectable age of 144 years. Photo #2 by Aflânio Tomikawa



Osaka Castle Park springtime

In spring, cherry blossoms and plum blossoms take center stage in Osaka Castle Park. Here are cherry blossoms blooming in front of the central Osaka Castle tower. Photo #3 by Agustin Rafael Reyes

Endless fields of purple flowers in foreground, Mount Fuji still capped with snow in the background

Endless fields of purple flowers in foreground, Mount Fuji still capped with snow in the background. Photo #4 by Mt. Fuji

Field of flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

Field of flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park. In the spring, about 4.5 million blooming baby blue-eye flowers draw tourists to the 470-acre (190 hectares) public park. Photo #5 by kobaken++

Wisteria spring in Japan

From mid-April to mid-May, Ashikaga Flower Park wows visitors with giant “living” screens of wisteria, hanging from trellises and grouped in clusters like living art. Light pink blooms first in the season, followed by purple wisteria, white and then yellow. Photo #6 by osanpo

Windmill at Tulip Festival in Japan

Don’t let the windmill fool you; this tulip festival was in Sakura City, Japan. Photo #7 by hisa fujimoto

Couple strolling under wisteria tunnel in Japan

Couple strolling under wisteria tunnel. Prime time to go see Kawachi Fuji Gardens is from late April to early May. There are 150 wisteria plants with 20 different species blooming during the Wisteria Festival (Fuji Matsuri). Photo #8 by Binary cse

Massive blooming Sakura tree

Massive blooming Sakura tree. The Japan Cherry Blossom Association has created a list of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, with at least one location in every prefecture. Photo #9 by Agustin Rafael Reyes

Spring in Japan, flowers and Mount Fugi

Spring in Japan. Fuji Shibazakura (Moss phlox) Festival is held at the foot of Mount Fuji from mid-April to the beginning of June each year. If you can’t jet over to Hitsujiyama Park to see it in person, then you might like to check it out via webcam or 360° view. Photo #10 by huitze

Cherry blossoms and blue boats in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms and blue boats in Tokyo. Photo #11 by kanegen

Nemophila - Hitachi, Japan

Annual “Nemophila Harmony” display at Hitachi Seaside Park during May. In addition, the park features a million daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and many other flowers. Photo #12 by shin–k

Tulips at Serpent Garden in Japan

Serpent Garden at Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo, Japan. Photo #13 by Agustin Rafael Reyes

Ashikaga Flower Park Japanese wisteria

Hanging clusters of eye candy. While Ashikaga Flower Park is famous for its huge wisteria harbors, the 20-acre park also has “a wide variety of flowers and trees that it is worth seeing in any season: plum blossoms in Feb-Mar, hydrangeas in Jun-Jul, lotus flowers in May-Oct, purple sage in Oct-Nov, and roses in May-Jun and Sep-Nov. Lights adorn the trees in midwinter.” Photo #14 by TANAKA Juuyoh

Breathtaking beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park

Breathtaking beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park. Did you know wisteria, or “fuji,” is in the pea family? Photo #15 by Takashi Hososhima

Japan in the spring, wisteria

Japan in the spring. Ashikaga Flower Park believes that “giant” wisteria hanging from a trellis is “the most beautiful wisteria in the world.” Photo #16 by kobaken++

Cherry Blossoms lining the street in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Cherry Blossoms lining the street in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Photo #17 by Les Taylor

Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms trees and pagoda, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji volcano capped with snow while cherry blossoms bloom beside a pagoda at Tokyo, Japan. Photo #18 by Hilly Areas of the World

Shibazakura Park Ozora

There are walkways among the 800,000 phlox flowers at Shibazakura Park Ozora. Photo #19 by 221.20

Shibazakura Park, Japan

There are five different colors of phlox at “moss hill” Shibazakura Park, Japan: some of the flowers have darker pink petals, others have “scarlet flame,” rose pink, striped and even white petals. Photo #20 by 221.20

Ashikaga flower park wisteria, Japan

Wisteria trellis: What started with 4 “giant” wisteria vines in 1996, has grown to nearly 11,000 sq feet (1,000 sq m) of wisteria to wow you at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. Photo #21 by Takashi Hososhima

Wisteria in Okazaki Park

Wisteria in Okazaki Park. Photo #22 by Bong Grit

Hanging garden, purple wisteria in Japan

Hanging garden: The photographer wrote, “No sooner do the sakura start to fall and the wisteria start to come out. They kind of look like grapes, don’t they? This garden happens to be the best one for wisteria that I’ve yet visited in Japan!” Photo #23 by David A. LaSpina

Wisteria canopy (HDR) at Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Wisteria canopy (HDR) at Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Photo #24 by Yevgen Pogoryelov

Giant wisteria hanging from canopies in Japan

Giant wisteria hanging from canopies in Japan. Left: Jindai Botanical Garden. Right: Magical moment for the little girl. Photo #25 by Takashi Hososhima & #26 by kobaken++

People walk the paths of Hitachi Seaside Park

People walk the paths of Nemophilia display at Hitachi Seaside Park. Photo #27 by Les Taylor

Wisteria in Showa Kinen Park

Wisteria in Showa Kinen Park. Photo #28 by Takashi Hososhima

Wisteria trellis at Okazaki, Japan

Wisteria trellis at Okazaki, Japan. Photo #29 by KIUKO

Tunnel of love in Japan, night with trees starting to bloom in spring

The photographer called this night shot of blooming trees a “Tunnel of love.” Photo #30 by Agustin Rafael Reyes

Spring in Japan, flowers and Mount Fugi

Spring in Japan, flowers and Mount Fugi. Photo #31 by huitze

Shikisai flower fields

The Hill of Seasonal Colors, flower field at Shikisai park in Hokkaido, Japan, Photo #32 by Dao-hui Chen

Sunflower field at Asahigaoka tenbodai

Sunflower field at Asahigaoka tenbodai. Photo #33 by Captain76

Akishima sunset, spring glow

Akishima sunset, spring glow. Photo #34 by Agustin Rafael Reyes

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