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Given that ordinary cherry blossoms are popular subject to talk about in many media and blogs, in this article, we will introduce you famous spots for both “shibazakura (moss phlox)” that bloom at your feet and “wisteria flowers” that are not part of cherry blossoms but also peak in the spring.
At the end of this article, we will let you know about a great-value JR pass for a travel from Tokyo area. Don’t miss it out!

Moss phlox and wisteria flowers. Introducing famous spots in Japan with other flowers besides cherry blossoms. Don’t forget to use a great-value JR pass for traveling!

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Given that ordinary cherry blossoms are popular subject to talk about in many media and blogs, in this article, we will introduce you famous spots for both “shibazakura (moss phlox)” that bloom at your feet and “wisteria flowers” that are not part of cherry blossoms but also peak in the spring.
At the end of this article, we will let you know about a great-value JR pass for a travel from Tokyo area. Don’t miss it out!

Ranked as One of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World”!
Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo.
Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area.
One of the park’s particularly big draws is its wisteria flowers. The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias.
Ashikaga Flower Park was also selected by CNN’s travel staff as one of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World” in 2014.
Wisterias bloom from around mid-April to mid-May. Their blooming order, from earliest to latest by blososm color, are pink, purple, white, and yellow.
The park’s hours are extended during the peak blooming periods, and the trees are lit up at night as well.
During this same time period, over 5000 azaleas and rhododendrons will also be at their peak beauty.

Tochigi, Ashikaga Flower Park -The Wisteria Festival 2017-

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Ranked as One of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World”!
Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo.
Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area.
One of the park’s particularly big draws is its wisteria flowers. The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias.
Ashikaga Flower Park was also selected by CNN’s travel staff as one of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World” in 2014.
Wisterias bloom from around mid-April to mid-May. Their blooming order, from earliest to latest by blososm color, are pink, purple, white, and yellow.
The park’s hours are extended during the peak blooming periods, and the trees are lit up at night as well.
During this same time period, over 5000 azaleas and rhododendrons will also be at their peak beauty.

The Moka Railway is a local train line that spans 41.9 kilometers, from Ibaraki Prefecture’s Shimodate Station to Tochigi Prefecture’s Motegi Station. On weekends and holidays, the steam locomotive line, which makes one round-trip per day, offers a spring-limited special trip through the pink cherry blossoms and yellow rape blossoms. I highly recommend taking a trip through this area, as even those with no interest in railways can appreciate the scenery!

Moka Railway – Steam Locomotive with Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms in Full Bloom! A Day Trip with Beautiful Scenery!

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The Moka Railway is a local train line that spans 41.9 kilometers, from Ibaraki Prefecture’s Shimodate Station to Tochigi Prefecture’s Motegi Station. On weekends and holidays, the steam locomotive line, which makes one round-trip per day, offers a spring-limited special trip through the pink cherry blossoms and yellow rape blossoms. I highly recommend taking a trip through this area, as even those with no interest in railways can appreciate the scenery!

Nikko Toshogu is a Shinto shrine, built in 1617 and dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The shrine has been registered as a World Heritage Site.
The structure is decorated with lacquer and rich coloring, and many of the pillars feature carvings and sculptures. These are not just aesthetic designs, but represent faith as well as scholarship and ideologies. 
The various wooden carvings of animals represent peace.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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Nikko Toshogu is a Shinto shrine, built in 1617 and dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The shrine has been registered as a World Heritage Site.
The structure is decorated with lacquer and rich coloring, and many of the pillars feature carvings and sculptures. These are not just aesthetic designs, but represent faith as well as scholarship and ideologies.
The various wooden carvings of animals represent peace.