Ashikaga Flower Park, located two hours away from Tokyo, is the biggest and the best place in Japan to enjoy the magical wisteria bloom. These flowering plants were grown in Japan for centuries. Wisteria, or fuji in Japanese, plays an important role in Japan's culture and traditions. Fuji Musume or Wisteria Maiden is a famous classical dance of the Kabuki theater. Pictures of Wisteria Maiden are also popular and are believed to bring good luck. Wisteria grows in many gardens in Japan. However, the most impressive tunnels can be found not only in Ashikaga but also in Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu.
The gardens are home to some 150 flowering wisteria plants of about 20 different species (white, violet-blue, blue, purple, and pink). This diversity makes the tunnel so colourful and graceful.