wisteria ushijima

The Kasukabe Wisteria Festival was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021. However, the Wisteria of Ushijima – Tokaen, which is just one location of the Kasukabe Wisteria Festival, was open to the public. It is opening in 2022 too: from April 11th to May 5th. Update May 2nd 2022: Tokaen posted on their website and Facebook today (May 2nd) that the wisteria finished blooming early this year and there is nothing left to see now. Until next year!

The Wisteria of Ushijima

Ushijima Wisteria at Tokaen is more than 1200 years old. It is said that it is the world’s number one wisteria. Its flowers can drape to up to two meters.

The wisteria in Kasukabe and Ushijima in Saitama Prefecture typically bloom from mid April until early May. And every year the garden opens from around the middle of April until the end of Golden Week. However, in both 2020 and 2021 the wisteria in Kasukabe, at both wisteria street and Ushijima, were early to bloom and early to wither too. Thus in 2022, the opening date at Tokaen is a little bit earlier than in previous years.

Please note: Cosplay, even posing with an umbrella under the wisteria is not permitted.

Information

Address: Tokaen (the wisteria of Ushijima), 786 Ushijima, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0004

Phone: +81487522012

Season: Monday April 11th to Thursday May 5th 2nd 2022

Hours: Tokaen is open from 8 am to 5 pm during the period of bloom.

Cost: Please note there is a cover charge into this park of 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. (The festival on Wisteria street, when it is on, is free).

Online: Interestingly and commendably – Tokaen’s Facebook page is in the English language.

Official English language website

Tokaen Access

The wisteria garden is a ten minute walk from Fujino Ushijima Station on the Tobu Urban Park line.

By car: the nearest interchange is the Iwatsuki Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway. Its about 15 kilometers between the garden and the interchange.

*Please note as long as the pandemic is in our midst all events are subject to last minute changes, even cancellations, depending on the situation with the Coronavirus.*

Several different types of flowers grow in Saitama in April and May. Check out this selection of April blooms here.

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