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Cherry Blossoms, Wisteria, and Other Springtime Flower-Viewing Information Around Tokyo: This Will Tempt Visitors to Snap Photos

Press Release   •   Jan 20, 2017 02:47 GMT

Many flowers including cherry trees, azaleas, and wisteria come to full bloom when spring arrives at areas along Tobu Railway, a line straddling four prefectures near Tokyo, in turn bringing about scores of spots that tempt visitors to capture in photos. Shared below are six destinations that enable people to make the most of hanami (flower-viewing) in Japan—don’t forget to bring your cameras along.

Tobu Railway will debut its new limited express in the spring of 2017. Take this special express that offers improved convenience and comfort, and enjoy Japan’s cherry blossom-appreciating culture. 

Ashikaga Flower Park’s wisteria: Chosen as one of CNN’s ten “dream destinations”

Complimented for its magical scenery resembling the Tree of Souls from the movie “Avatar,” this park was the only Japanese site chosen in 2014 as one of US television station CNN’s ten “dream destinations.” A major feature of this venue is its 150-year old wisteria. A decade ago, the park’s wisteria trellises spanned across an area of 72 m2; now it has expanded more than ten times to a whopping 1,000 m2, with its beautiful, otherworldly appearance and its vitality capturing the gaze of onlookers. The park is lit up during the night—the light-veiled, mystical spectacle of the wisteria is a must-see too.


Venue name

Ashikaga Flower Park

When flowers are in bloom

Wisteria: Late April to early May 2017 (“The Great Wisteria Festival 2017” will be held from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, May 21, 2017)

Ashikaga Flower Park URL

Open hours

7:00-21:00 (7:00-18:00 during non-illuminated periods. Enter by 30 minutes before closing time.)

Entrance fee

Daytime: ¥900-1,700; Nighttime: ¥600-1,400 (Fees change depending on how the flowers are blooming)


Ashikaga Flower Park, Ashikaga-shi, Gunma

・Go to TOBU Isesaki Line’s Ashikaga-shi Station (approx. 1 hr 10 mins from Asakusa Station, TOBU SKYTREE Line). Take the bus and get off at “Ashikaga Flower Park” (approx. 30 mins from the station).

Tsutsujigaoka Park: Feel its long-standing history and the over-800-year-old azalea

This venerable park known for its azaleas is situated at an area where, from ancient times, wild torch azaleas have been growing in colonies. The park has long been administrated while actively increasing azaleas from around the year 1600. In addition to towering, massive azaleas estimated to have lived for over 800 years, some 50 kinds and about 10,000 shrubs are planted within the venue. Tsutsujigaoka Park is acknowledged for its wonderful scenery—so much so that in 1934, the Japanese government approved the site as a place of scenic beauty with highly artistic and ornamental value. Similarly, David Leach, President of the American Rhododendron Society, rated the park as “the world’s best” in 1977. Enjoy the Tsutsujimatsuri festival held from Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Venue name

Tsutsujigaoka Park

When flowers are in bloom

Azalea: Mid-April to early May 2017

Tsutsujigaoka Park URL

Open hours


Entrance fee

¥310-620 (Fees change depending on how the flowers are blooming)


Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma

・Go to TOBU Isesaki Line’s Tatebayashi Station (approx. 1 hr 5 mins from Asakusa Station, TOBU SKYTREE Line). Take the bus and get off at “Tsutsujigaoka-koen-mae” (approx. 10 mins from the station). It’s approximately a five-minute walk from there.

Sumida Park: One of Tokyo’s best cherry blossom spots, presenting different moods during night and day

The history of Sumida Park’s cherry trees dates back to around the year 1700, when Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of the Edo era, was in power. He planted the trees as a flood control project, hoping to have many people walk on the riverbank’s surface—in turn firming up the embankment and keeping it from collapsing. Today, about 640 cherry trees burst into its elegant colors along approximately one kilometer along both sides of Sumida River. The area has been selected as one of the 100 best spots for cherry blossoms in Japan, and is well known as Tokyo’s top places for appreciating the pink flowers. The park is located near Senso-ji temple and TOKYO SKYTREE, the world’s highest tower, and is a destination visitors can drop by along with other tourist spots.

Many food stalls are set up while the cherry trees are in bloom, allowing people to munch on something while strolling and admiring the pink flowers. Don’t miss traditional confectionery, which are the favorite delicacies of Japanese people—they go perfectly well with cherry blossom-viewing. Some examples include Sakura-mochi, a pink rice cake with salt-pickled leaves from a cherry tree, and Kototoi-dango, a traditional Japanese treat offering a mild sweet taste that sweeps through your mouth.

Appearing after sunset is the illuminated cherry blossoms and TOKYO SKYTREE. This park is a spot that would make visitors want to snap photos. 

Venue name

Sumida Park

When flowers are in bloom

Cherry blossoms: Late March to early April 2017

Sumida Park URL


Sumida Park, Taito-ku and Sumida-ku, Tokyo

・Five-minute walk from TOBU SKYTREE Line’s Asakusa Station, or seven-minute walk from TOBU SKYTREE Line’s TOKYO SKYTREE Station (approx. 3 mins from Asakusa Station, TOBU SKYTREE Line)



[Information on traditional confectionery offered at Sumida Park]

Name of shop: Chomeiji Sakura-mochi

Product name: Chomeiji Sakura-mochi/¥200 per piece

This is a Sakura-mochi rice cake preserving tastes from the Edo era; it’s wrapped with salt-pickled cherry tree leaves.

Address: 5-1-14 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Name of shop: Mukojima Kototoi Dango

Product name: Kototoi Dango/630 per three pieces

Three types of rice dumplings are offered, containing red, white, or miso bean paste.

Address: 5-5-22 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

*Both the Chomeiji Sakura-mochi and Kototoi Dango are on sale at the Sumida Industry and Tourism Information Center Sumida City Point, set up on the fifth floor of TOKYO Solamachi, a commercial establishment at the base of TOKYO SKYTREE.

Tobu Treasure Garden’s moss phlox: Offering a vast, pink carpet-like view

The approximately 200,000 moss phloxes in this garden bloom in all glory during April. It looks almost like a carpet, making for a vivid gradation of pink. They flower at the same time as cherry blossoms in some years, allowing visitors to feast their eyes on a magical landscape. Moss Phlox & Spring Garden Festival is set to take place from Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, May 7, 2017, complementing the gorgeous nemophila and other blue-hued flowers together with moss phloxes. Visitors can enjoy spring flowers to their heart’s content during the event. 


Venue name

Tobu Treasure Garden

When flowers are in bloom

Moss phlox: Early to late April 2017
Nemophila: Early April to early May 2017

*Tobu Treasure Garden will open from Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Tobu Treasure Garden URL

Open hours

9:00-17:00 (Enter by 16:30)

Entrance fee

Junior high school students and above: ¥600-1,000, elementary school students:

¥200-400 (Fees change depending on how the flowers are blooming)


Tobu Treasure Garden, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma

・About a 15-minute walk from TOBU Isesaki Line’s Morinjimae Station (approx. 1hr 30mins from Asakusa Station, TOBU SKYTREE Line) 

[Recommendations for Tobu Treasure Garden]

Starting the day after the Moss Phlox & Spring Garden Festival ends, Tobu Treasure Garden will host the Rose & Garden Festival from Monday, May 8, through Friday, June 30, 2017—at which 3,000 roses, 1,500 types of them, will come into bloom. Visitors can admire an array of fragrant and vivid roses all at a single occasion.

The venue is opening a new “Seasonal Garden” from April to June 2017, where many different flowers will blossom in rich colors. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a field made up of 800,000 flowers. 

Satte Gongendo’s bank of cherry trees: A place boasting around 1,000 cherry trees, where visitors can enjoy a tunnel of cherry blossoms

A tunnel of cherry blossoms appear at this location when the approximately 1,000 cherry trees—lined up along a kilometer-long bank—go into full bloom as springtime arrives. Planted next to the bank are rape blossoms, allowing visitors to take in a splendid contrast between the faint pink and yellow of cherry and rape blossoms. The Sakura Matsuri festival takes place each year from late March to early April, coinciding with the blooming of cherry trees. A number of events are held during the occasion and around 100 stalls are set up too. While the festival is underway, a special shuttle bus runs between Saitama Prefectural Gongendo Park, where Satte Gongendo’s bank of cherry trees is at, and Satte, the station nearest to the site. 

Venue name

Saitama Prefectural Gongendo Park

When flowers are in bloom

Cherry blossoms: Late March to early April 2017

Saitama Prefectural Gongendo Park URL


Satte Gongendo’s bank of cherry trees, Satte-shi, Saitama

・Go to TOBU Nikko Line’s Satte Station (approx. 55 mins from Asakusa Station,TOBU SKYTREE Line). Take the bus and get off at “Gongendo” (approx. 15 mins).

Tsurugajo Castle Park: Around 1,000 cherry trees adorning Tsurugajo Castle, with cherry blossoms reflecting on the moat’s water at night

Around 1,000 cherry blossoms are planted around Tsurugajo, known as the most renowned castle in the Tohoku region. This park is a popular tourist spot offering a magnificent collaboration between the castle tower and the cherry blossoms bursting in all their beauty, and also has been chosen as one of the 100 best spots for cherry blossoms in Japan. Visitors can enjoy a magical scene as night falls upon this area—which includes reflections of the cherry blossoms on the moat’s waters, and the vividly illuminated castle tower. 

Venue name

Tsurugajo Castle Park

When flowers are in bloom

Cherry blossoms: Mid- to late April 2017 (Illumination available between Friday, April 7 to Sunday, May 7 (tentative))

Tsurugajo URL

Open hours

Free entry (Visitors can enter the castle tower from 8:30 to16:30. Illuminations start from sunset till 21:30, but ends at 20:30 when the cherry blossoms are out of  bloom)

Entrance fee

Free (Visitors will be charged with an extra ¥410 to enter the Tsurugajo castle tower)


Tsurugajo Castle Park, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

・Go to JR line’s Aizuwakamatsu Station (approx. 4 hrs 10 mins from Asakusa Station, TOBU SKYTREE Line). Take the community loop bus Haikara-san, and get off at “Tsurugajo Iriguchi” (approx. 20 mins). It’s approximately a five-minute walk from there.

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