wisteria hanyu saitama

For many, the emergence of the delicately hanging wisteria flowers make up for the end of sakura season. They are one of about a dozen ornamental flowers that bloom in April in Saitama Prefecture. There are plenty of places to see them. The wisteria in Kasukabe and Kumagaya are particularly famous in Saitama Prefecture. You will also find wisteria in many temples, shrines and even parks. Below is a particularly scenic wisteria spot which has somehow managed to stay off the tourist radar! This post also contains information for the wisteria festival at this stunning location.

Daitenbaku Park

When I first wrote this post in 2021, there was no information in English anywhere online for this park. Moreover, there was also limited information in any other language. So I didn’t disclose the location openly within the post, but – as you will see below – privately messaged anyone who was interested in knowing the location. However, since 2023, there is an active drive to promote the location – it is Daitenbaku Park in Hanyu. And Hanyu city have even made available a small piece about the park in English. Interestingly, it was written in 2013, presumably it was offline between 2020 and 2022. Did anyone else notice that several cities and towns around Japan temporarily removed their English language pages during the pandemic?

Daitenbaku Wisteria

Wisteria are called Fuji in Japanese. A completely different “fuji” to Mount Fuji! Mt Fuji is spelt with two kanji characters. The flower fuji has just one character. Wisteria are a twisting vine flowering plant with hanging blooms of shades of purple. Although there are also white and pink wisteria too. They are from the legume family like the beautiful lupine flowers of the previous post. Lupine are actually nicknamed “upright wisteria” in Japan. Wisteria are native to Japan.

In the English language wisteria generally means good luck. It can also mean a welcoming, which is a meaning they share with Japanese. In the Japanese hanakotaba they can also mean “gentleness” and/ or “intoxicated in love”. I can see why so many are intoxicated in love with wisteria! I am also in awe of the way they grow and even more deferent to the gnarling tree trunks. One trunk can sprout thousands of clusters of the flower. Trellis are used to help the tree support the volume and weight of the clusters.

wisteria in water
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Wisteria bloom from mid-April until early May in Japan. They used to reach their prime in Golden Week. But like so many flowers these days they have started to bloom and peak earlier in the last couple of years. This year, 2021, they are about a week earlier than “average” but on par with last year. This location usually has a wisteria festival but there was none during the pandemic. It will be on in 2023 though. Scroll down for more.

Secret Spot

daitenbaku

This wisteria spot in the North East of Saitama (official classification is Eastern Saitama) has thus far managed to stay off the beaten path. However, these days few places stay secret for long. I have taken a look online, including Instagram, and there are no posts in English about this spot. Furthermore, there are only a handful of vlogs and a few posts in Japanese. On Instagram the location has less than 100 posts. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know by now that I am all about sharing. I don’t believe in keeping a location secret. However, I am trying something new today. A little experiment of sorts. If you would like the location and details of this secret spot, please comment below¹.

¹No longer necessary in 2023 as I have added the location’s details to this post.

Details

What I will say; the park has about 60 wisteria including daruma and standing wisteria. So your talking thousands of blooms. They are mainly purple, but there is also some white and pink wisteria too. It is a small park and the “fuji” are the main attraction. But there are a handful of other plants, trees and flowers, including some cherry blossom trees. One of the trees has currently a few blooms on it. There is also a picturesque fountain in the park. The park is adjacent to a shrine which is famous for child rearing, so locally the wisteria are sometimes called the child rearing wisteria!

daitenbaku

There are Japanese style squatter toilets in the park. I didn’t notice any vending machines, but truthfully I forgot to look to see if there are any. There were a few other people at the park while I was there, about three teams of four and about four pairs. One of the groups and two of the duos were eating bento under the blooms so I assume it is okay to eat on the grounds.

If you would like the details for this location (access, address, map etc) please leave a comment below.


Wisteria Festival 2024

The wisteria festival will be on in 2023 for the first time in four years. They are also planning to light up the wisteria at night. On April 29th there will be a spring festival at the shrine simultaneously. This year they have lots of events planned for the period of the festival. For example, on the first day they will have a few festival stalls with kakigori and the likes. On the 27th there is a cheerleader performance and a few food stalls. On the 28th they have a children’s market with lots of fun for kids. The popular city mascots Mujinamon and Igamanmon will also participate on the 28th.

Information

Event: Daitenbaku Wisteria Festival 2024 第67回大天白藤まつり

Date: from Sunday April 21st to Sunday May 5th 2024. The main day is April 28th.

Time: from 10 am to nightfall, and the wisteria is lit up between 7 and 9 pm.

Cost: free

Venue: Daitenbaku Shrine / Daitenbaku Park,  2 Chome-8-32 Kita, Hanyu, Saitama 348-0057. View on Google Maps.

Access

The park it is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from Tobu Isesaki / Chichibu Railway’s Hanyu Station. It is about a ten minute drive from the Tohoku Hanyu highway interchange. There is free parking for about six cars.

All of the photos in this post were taken at this secret spot in April 2021.

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40 Comments

    1. Author

      Sent it there now, from a yahoo account. Let me know if you have any trouble receiving it.

  1. Bravo! Email sent👏👏❤️

    1. Author

      Hehe!! Its working! I feel weird asking people to do it, but … well its an experiment after all. Sending you an email in two minutes. 🙂

    1. Author

      Hi Jonelle, hope you are keeping well. I will PM you now … it’ll take me about three minutes to send the info!!! 🙂

  2. Please tell me where this is, it looks beautiful!

  3. This place looks magical!! 😍 i might not have time this spring to visit but I’d love to know the location! Feel free to DM on IG or email, whichever is easiest for you x

  4. I would love to know where this is 🙂 And wondering how to get there from Yokohama…

  5. Hello! I would
    love
    to
    know where this
    place is. Thanks!

    1. Author

      No problem. Thank you so much for your kind comments on Insta. I will email you the details now in two minutes 🙂

    2. Hi! Cam you also tell me where this is?

  6. I’d love to know this secret spot too please. Thank you for your write up and all you do in general. Love your insta stories and blog <3

    1. Author

      Will send you a message in about half an hour, just getting the kids off to karate!

  7. Hey! I would like to know where is this amazing secret place 💜

  8. Beautiful! Hope I’m not too late to see it. Thanks for letting me know of the location!

    1. Author

      Hi! Please provide a valid email address so I can send you on the details 🙂
      The address you provided seems to be inaccessible??

      Thank you.

    2. Author

      Hi Zee, I resent the information after loosening my email’s security. It appears to have worked. Sorry for the delay and thank you for your interest.

    1. Author

      Hi Daniel, thank you very much. I have sent you the information on the email you provided. I hope you receive it okay.

  9. Lovely spot! Interested to get the location ☺️

  10. Hi, please let me know where to find this spot.

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