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5 Great locations to enjoy Wisteria Flowers in Aichi

Spring in Japan is not only about the sakura, there are many beautiful and colorful flowers, and one of them is the wisteria flower (藤 Fuji). The wisteria or Japanese wisteria, is a flower that captivates by its mysterious beauty and its sweet fragrance. The flowering period goes from mid-April to early May. The characteristic color of the wisteria is purple, but they are also found in other colors such as pink, yellow and white.

Wisteria Flowers

History and Meaning of the Wisteria flower

The wisteria or “Zi Ten” (blue vine) is original from China and has existed for more than 2000 years. The beauty of this flower has attracted Japanese poets and artists, occupying an important place in Japanese art, poetry and culture. One of the most famous Kabuki dances “Fuji Musume” (藤娘 The Maiden Wisteria) focuses on wisteria flowers, as a symbol of love.

The wisteria have also made their appearance in classical Japanese literature, such as the poetry collection Manyōshū (万葉集) where we find short poems called Waka (和歌) that speak of scenes related to the wisteria and its flowering.

The purple color has always had a special meaning in Japan. About 1400 years ago only high-level officials and the Imperial family could wear purple clothes. In fact, the wisteria became a symbol of the Fujiwara clan in the Heian era (794-1192 AD).

Fuji Musume

Historically, wisteria symbolizes immortality and longevity. It is also a flower that symbolizes good luck, especially for the start of a business or marriage. However, the wisteria has a deeper history in Buddhism, where the growth of the wisteria symbolizes prayer and reflection.

Discover the best places to see the wisteria flowers in Aichi

The festivals of the wisteria, that coincide with the Golden Week of Japan, are relatively unknown to international travelers, but they are an incredible experience that you should not miss.

In Aichi there are 5 magnificent places where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the wisteria flowers. Check them out!

1. Tennogawa Park 天の川公園 (Tsushima City)

The Tennogawa Park is located around a large pond, and its Wisteria Festival, which is celebrated from the end of April to the beginning of May, is well known. The park has 12 different varieties of wisteria: Nine Shaku wisteria, Murasaki Kapitan Wisteria (purple wisteria), Shiro Kapitan wisteria (white wisteria), Wisteria Sinensis, Wisteria Floribunda “Alba” (white Japanese wisteria), Wisteria Floribunda “Murasaki Noda”, Akebono Wisteria, Wisteria Floribunda “Yae Kokuryu” (八重黒龍藤), Wisteria Floribunda “Kokuryu Wisteria”, Six Shaku Wisteria, Pale Red Wisteria, and Japanese Wisteria. During the wisteria festival there are numerous food stalls and various events. In addition, you can have matcha with a Japanese sweet under the incredible wisteria flowers. And don’t miss the light up until 21:00.

Best time: From end of April to early May
Light up: 18:00 – 21:00
Address: 1 Miyagawa-cho, Tsushima City, Aichi
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Access: Take the Meitetsu Tsushima line to the Tsushima station (津島駅). 15 minutes walk to the park.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Prices: Free admission

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2. Mandara Park 曼陀羅寺公園 (Konan City)

Mandara Park, located next to the ancient Mandara Temple, is well known for its colorful wisterias. Approximately 60 wisteria of 12 varieties color the park with purple, pink and white.

Best time: From mid April to early May
Light up: 18:00 – 21:00
Address: 202 Tera-machi, Maehibo-cho, Konan-shi, Aichi
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Access: Take the Meitetsu Inuyama train to Konan station (江南駅). Change to a Meitetsu bus and get off in Mandaraji stop (曼荼羅寺). 2 minutes walk to the park.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Prices: Free admission

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3. Meijo Park Flower Plaza Wisteria 名城公園フラワープラザの藤 (Nagoya City)

Meijo Park Flower Plaza is a park located next to Nagoya Castle. It has a wisteria corridor of about 660 meters long that extends through the southern area of the castle grounds. This is a must-see if you are visiting the Nagoya Castle.

Best time: From end of April to early May
Address: 1 Chome-2 Meijo, Kita Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
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Access: Take the Meijo subway line and get off at Meijo Koen station (名城公園駅). 5 minutes walk from exit 2 to Meijo Park Northern Gardens (北園 Kita-en).
Hours: Open 24 hours
Prices: Free admission

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4. Gomangoku Fuji Wisteria in Okazaki Park 岡崎公園 (Okazaki City)

The Okazaki Park, which surrounds the Okazaki Castle and the Mikawa Bushi Ieyasu Museum, is a park with a long history and culture. The park is famous for being one of the best places in Aichi to see cherry blossoms. But not only it is famous for the sakura but also for the wisteria tree called Gomangoku Fuji (五万石藤). It is said that these flowers once adorned the entrance of Okazaki Castle, and were later transplanted to the present location.
The wisteria flower is the official flower of the city and Gomangoku Wisteria is designated as a cultural property of the city.
The wisteria flowers cover the 1,300 square meters of the complex creating an impressive purple landscape. Don’t miss the light up during the wisteria festival.

Best time: From end of April to early May
Light up: 18:00 – 21:00
Address: 561 Kosei-cho, Okazaki City
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Access: Take the Meitetsu train to Higashi Okazaki station (東岡崎駅). 10 minutes walk to the park.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Prices: Free admission

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5. Kotoen Wisteria Garden 広藤園 (Hekinan City)

The Kotoen Garden, with about 1,000 square meters, was built around 1820. The garden houses two types of wisteria. The first, called “Hiro no Nagafuji”, has branches with flowers 1.5 meters long with beautiful purple flowers. The second, called Daruma Fuji (Daruma Wisteria) is a flower of a sweet and soft fragrance.

Best time: From mid April to early May
Address: 3-46 Nihongi-cho, Hekinan City, Aichi
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Access: Take the Meitetsu train to Chiryu station (知立駅). There change to the Mikawa line and get off at Kitashinkawa station (北新川駅). Then take the free bus Kurukuru Bus to the stop Hirofuji Garden West (広藤園西). From there about 30 minutes walk.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Prices: Free admission

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