Famous for its arched vermilion bridge, Kameido Tenjin Shrine is one of the best spots to see purple wisteria. The shrine’s wisteria festival begins in mid-April (exact dates yet to be announced) and features over 50 trees blooming simultaneously on a number of trellises centred around a little pond. Come evening, you can catch the beautiful blooms all lit up and enjoy their reflection on the water’s surface. Make sure to drop by the on-site food stalls to fuel up on typical festival fare like yakisoba noodles and yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).
With cherry blossoms nearing full bloom in Tokyo, the city is now looking forward to welcome its next spring flowers. Colourful wisteria bloom around mid-April to mid-May and can be found in many shrines and parks across the city.
The pastel-hued wisteria vines resemble dripping beads of colour, and they're often grown on trellises. Walking under these hanging violet, blue, pink or white blooms will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale, so make sure to bring your camera for some Instagram-worthy shots.
Read on for the best spots in and around Tokyo to enjoy wisteria.