Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Wisterias at Koto-en

Japan has so many kinds of flowering plants that even after having lived here for a couple of years, I still find a flower I have never seen before. What makes it even more interesting is that there are many spots popular for particular kinds of flowers. And people flock these places at the right time to see the flowers. 
One such spot that we visited last year was Kotoen, in Hekinan city ,about 30 minutes south of Nagoya. Though Kotoen, with an area of 1000 square meters could be classified as a neighborhood garden, the garden is very popular and is said to date back to the year 1820.

Most Wisteria in the garden are called " Hiro-no-nagafuji" and the purple flower bunches are 1.5 meters long. Another variety is "Daruma fuji" wisteria, which have a slight sweet fragrance.

Some other flowers in the garden.

The park even has its own Wisteria festival which is held from mid April to early May every year. During the festival, the flowers are also illuminated in the evenings.  
We could surely learn from the Japanese how to admire the beauty of things! 

Address: Aichi Prefecture 447-0029, Hekinan, Nihongi-cho 3-46 

Phone: 0566-41-3311

Entrance fees: Free

Parking: Free parking available

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