3 spring flowers to check out (besides the cherry blossoms!)
Spring is a popular time for visitors to travel to Japan - in part for the gorgeous weather, and in part because of the cherry blossoms that adorn trees across the country. However, the cherry blossoms aren't the only beautiful bloom you ought to check out if you're here during springtime. Here are three alternate floral finds to check out, that will give you a new appreciation of Japan's gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing natural wonders.
One of the best places to get your wisteria fix is at the Ashikaga Flower Park, located in Tochigi Prefecture. The flower park has loads to interest the flower lover no matter the time of year (even hosting a winter illumination with flower lights in the winter months!) but they're probably best known for the wisteria! The period that the wisteria are at their peak is from around mid April to mid May, and details about getting to the flower park can be found on their website here.
Want to combine an incredible view of Mt. Fuji as well as checking out some beautiful blooms? The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is right up your alley, then! The event runs from the 14th of April through to the 27th of May, and the area boasts an impressive 800,000 shibazakura plants - making it look almost like the area is carpeted with pinks, purples and whites. If the weather is kind, your view of Fuji is nothing short of breathtaking...so bring your camera! More details about the Fuji Shibazakura Festival can be found on their website.
Conveniently close to the heart of Tokyo is Shiofune Kannon in the suburb of Ome, accessible from the middle of the city by train. You'll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle when you're there - and not just because it feels so peaceful and tranquil! The azalea bushes here make you feel as if you're transported to a quirky garden wonderland, with their manicured round shapes and pops of color. The best time to visit for the azaleas to be at their best is usually from about mid April through to mid May. Map details for Shiofune Kannon are below, and the closest train station is the JR Kabe station. The grounds of Shiofune Kannon are about half an hour on foot from there.
Enjoy Japan, and Safe Travels!
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