Spring is the most magical time of year to be in Japan. It's not only because of the country's world-famous cherry blossoms, but also the annual Great Wisteria Festival, an enchanting display that's not to be missed.

Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan's Tochigi prefecture, just 2 hours from Tokyo Station by train, is the host of the festival, and boasts over 350 wisteria trees that fill the park with dazzling colours year after year. Visitors can also walk through an 80 metre-long tunnel covered by unique white wisteria flowers. The wisteria floribunda tree is native to Japan, and some of the trees in Ashikaga are more than 150 years old, making them a landmark of Japanese natural heritage.

The Great Wisteria Festival of 2017 is set to start on April 15, and will last until late May. Ashikaga Flower Park was previously listed as one of CNN's "dream destinations for 2014," with one travel writer remarking that the wisteria trees looked "nearly identical to Avatar's spiritual Tree of Souls." If you can't afford inter-dimensional travel, then a trip to Tochigi just might do the trick.

More info: Ashikaga Flower Park

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varwenea 2 years ago

The strength of the tree trunk is such a perfect contrast against the dreamy petals.

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Nicole Rosandich 2 years ago

I would think you would find out really fast if you are allergic

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Nancy E 2 years ago

I think these pictures are more dramatic than the cherry trees in bloom

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varwenea 2 years ago

I want to stay under them and bask in their beauty for hours.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Rainbow of WOW'S

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Excellent beauty.

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BoredBunny 2 years ago

No words... Stunning.

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BoredBunny 2 years ago

I have no words, again I am struck with speechlessness.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

wonderfully beautiful.

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Nancy E 2 years ago

Chinese wisteria has a lovely sweet smell. American wisteria has a somewhat unpleasant smell. Remember, wisteria forms tons of runners that can overtake an area.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Great beauty.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

All of these look like crystals.

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Uni N 2 years ago

how stunning heaven for Instagramers kk

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Heidi Smith 2 years ago

FIREWORK DISPLAY!!!

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Uni N 2 years ago

wow is it real? o.O

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ioannis Utzo 2 years ago

there's a reason to live for ,to see this beauty!

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Meowoui 2 years ago

I'm running out of words for these beauties.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Forest of wonderful smells.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Incredible.

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ioannis Utzo 2 years ago

hulks arm !

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Blanca Urbina 2 years ago

Wow!!

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WOW

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