Last additions - Ashikaga Flower Park あしかがフラワーパーク
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The Giant Wisteria extends over 36 meters by 33 meters. About the same as a large hotel ballroom or a whopping 600 tatami mats. The trellis was only 50 tatami mats when it was transplanted here.May 12, 2012
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Map of Ashikaga Flower Park. It's large, but compact enough to walk around and see everything. They also light up the flowers at night until 9 pm.May 12, 2012
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Long line for the shuttle bus to Ashikaga Flower Park.May 12, 2012
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Shuttle bus in front of Ashikaga-shi Station going to Ashikaga Flower Park. Bus fare is 300 yen one way, taking about 15 min. The bus leaves once an hour, but more often if there's a large crowd.May 12, 2012
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Ashikaga-shi Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line. It takes about 2 hours from central Tokyo. Connected to the Hanzomon Line.May 12, 2012
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The park's parking lot had many tour buses. Crowded even on weekdays during wisteria season. But fewer people in the late afternoon.May 12, 2012
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Wisteria noodlesMay 12, 2012
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Wisteria kamaboko fish cake.May 12, 2012
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Gift shop at the park entrance. When you enter the park, you enter here first (and last).May 12, 2012
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Wisteria ice cream does taste like wisteria. It was good and not too sweet. 藤ソフトMay 12, 2012
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Among the food booths was this ice cream stand selling wisteria ice cream for 350 yen.May 12, 2012
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BougainvilleaMay 12, 2012
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Hibiscus too.May 12, 2012
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Purple wisteria which finished blooming is sold for half price.May 12, 2012
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Yellow wisteria selling for 4,000 yen.May 12, 2012
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The flower park also sells potted plants including wisteria.May 12, 2012
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The flower park also sells potted plants including wisteria.May 12, 2012
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Path of wisteria.May 12, 2012
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Floating Flower Pyramids 水上花壇May 12, 2012
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RhododendronMay 12, 2012
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Purple Wisteria Trellis. むらさき藤棚May 12, 2012
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Purple Wisteria Trellis. むらさき藤棚May 12, 2012
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Yet another large wisteria trellis, called Purple Wisteria Trellis. むらさき藤棚May 12, 2012
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Entrance to an area called the Sea of Azaleas. ツツジの海May 12, 2012
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Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi.May 12, 2012
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Path of azalea.May 12, 2012
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Rest area お休みひろばMay 12, 2012
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Wisteria Dome 藤のドームMay 12, 2012
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Wisteria Dome 藤のドームMay 12, 2012
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Pruning the withered flowers.May 12, 2012
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RhododendronMay 12, 2012
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Rhododendron forest. しゃくなげの森May 12, 2012
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Yellow wisteriaMay 12, 2012
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Another large wisteria trellis. May 12, 2012
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Another large wisteria trellis. 大長藤May 12, 2012
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This supposed to be a purple wisteria screen, but there was none.May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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The other side of the White Wisteria Waterfall is also a sight to behold. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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Another massive flower display is this White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝May 12, 2012
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I like to shoot red and white flowers in Japan.May 12, 2012
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Yellow wisteria at Ashikagae Flower Park.May 12, 2012
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Tunnel of Yellow Wisteria.May 12, 2012
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Another focal point is this tunnel of yellow wisteria called Kibana-fuji. きばな藤のトンネルMay 12, 2012
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Wisteria and azaleaMay 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteriaMay 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteria features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤May 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteria features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤May 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis. Yae-fuji features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤May 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis. Yae-fuji features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤May 12, 2012
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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis.May 12, 2012
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Exit/entrance of Tunnel of White Wisteria. May 12, 2012
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White wisteria in the Tunnel of White Wisteria. May 12, 2012
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The Tunnel of White Wisteria has wisteria trees planted on both sides. May 12, 2012
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About the Tunnel of White Wisteria. May 12, 2012
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Tunnel of White Wisteria is one of a kind in the world at Ashikaga Flower Park.May 12, 2012
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Tunnel of White Wisteria goes for 76.5 meters.May 12, 2012
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria. うす紅橋May 12, 2012
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi. うす紅橋May 12, 2012
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria. うす紅橋May 12, 2012
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria. うす紅橋May 12, 2012
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Many wisteria trees decorate the park paths.May 12, 2012
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The wisteria strands can be as long as 1.8 meters.May 12, 2012
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A small shrine under the Giant Wisteria.May 12, 2012
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This wisteria tree is about 140 years old. It was transplanted here in Feb. 1996.May 12, 2012
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Giant Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi. The trellis is huge and the wisteria strands are long. Super awesome.May 12, 2012
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The main and spectacular attraction is this Giant Wisteria (大藤) on a expansive trellis. May 12, 2012
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A semi-ring of chairs in front of the Flower Stage. The ceiling has light pink wisteria. うす紅の棚May 12, 2012
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Flower StageMay 12, 2012
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Flower beds near the entrance.May 12, 2012
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Ashikaga Flower Park is home to one of Japan's largest wisteria trellis and numerous wisteria trees/vines. Besides purple wisteria, it also boasts white and yellow wisteria. Entrance to the park..May 12, 2012
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Entrance to Ashikaga Flower Park is guarded by these yellow wisteria. Admission is a pricey 1,700 yen during the wisteria season from late April to early May. It's worth it during peak bloom.May 12, 2012
   
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