Hi everyone! Mr. Wada and I went for a short trip to nearby town, Wake (pronounced as WA-KE), in Okayama Prefecture to witness the blooming of wisteria flowers in Fuji Park during the Golden Week holiday.
Wake Town is just an hour drive away from Okayama City. We arrived already past 3:00 PM. The parking area was jam-packed and there were many people in the area.
We immediately headed our way to the wisteria flower park. Right before the entrance, you would find food stalls. Actually, it was Wisteria Festival during that day. Got some snack now, so let’s go and check out wisteria!
They got ticket machines installed. Pretty good for a smooth process. Ticket costs 300 yen per person. Quite affordable and parking is free.
Welcome to Wisteria Flower Festival in Fuji Park, Wake Town
After many years, I’ve finally visited a wisteria flower park! For the past years, I’ve always missed it. I couldn’t hold up my excitement anymore when I see this from the entrance.
Different Wisteria Flower Varieties in Color and Form
This place boasts of 100 varieties of 150 wisteria flower trees taken from different places in Japan and some from abroad.
I was surprised to see other colors than the usual purple one, even in different forms.
I happened to encounter a group of visitors together with the staff of the park explaining about this particular variety of wisteria flower. He said that many would think this one is still a bud when actually this is already on its final form. He added that this one is very unusual the fact that it doesn’t open up to invite bees for pollination.
This one on the other hand is called Yaefuji. Like Yaezakura (yae + sakura), the petals are piled up makes it look a lot fuller. Lovely!
Aside from the appearance, another thing to enjoy about wisteria is its aroma. The smell isn’t that strong but once the wind blows, suddenly the aroma spread all over and it really smells good.
Light-up Event Info, Videos and More…
This is how it looks like at night. Lights turn it up very differently.
If you are currently in Japan, it’s now a good time to visit wisteria flowers. Wisteria flower in Fuji Park already past its peak, but there are many other places throughout Japan that you can still visit. One of them is the famous Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture (flower status and English page).
To end this post, here are some more photos and videos I took during our visit. Enjoy! Did you visit any festivals recently? How did you spend your Golden Week holiday? Share your experience with us!
Fuji Park Information
|Business Hours||08:00 AM – 09:00 PM|
|Entrace Fee||300 yen for adults
150 yen for children
(Free on low season)
|Events||Wisteria Flower Festival|
Fujino, Wake, Wake District, Okayama Prefecture 709-0412
3.7 km (about 37 minutes by walk) from Wake Station