5 Selected Wisteria Flower Spots in Hyogo- From Easily Accessible Places to Hidden Gems!

Wisteria flowers reach their peak from late April to early May.

The flowers hanging from the wisteria trellises are beautiful, right? Depending on the location, they may be lit up at night, making them popular tourist attractions.

We’ve compiled a list of recommended spots that are worth visiting.

The best time to see wisteria flowers is from late April to early May!

Hakuhouji Temple (Tamba City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Hakuhouji Temple (Tamba City, Hyogo Prefecture) is renowned for its wisteria, which features long branches known as “Kujaku Fuji.”

Places famous for their wisteria, like Hakuhouji Temple, offer nighttime illuminations.

It’s great to take pictures of the wisteria illuminated in the darkness of the night.

The location is generally accessible only by car.

It gets incredibly crowded during Golden Week.

It’s recommended to go early in the day.

I went in the morning, but on my way back, there was a tremendous traffic jam of cars.

Shirai Omachi Fuji Park (Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, as the name “Fuji Park” suggests, offers the enjoyment of many wisteria flowers.

Shirai Omachi Fuji Park (Shirai Omachi Fuji Koen) is the leading wisteria park in the San’in region with a park area of 7,000 square meters, a total wisteria trellis length of 500 meters, and a width of 4 meters.

Surrounded by clear air and green mountains, the purple and white wisteria flowers are vibrant and beautiful, captivating people.

In addition to the central pond and the wisteria trellises surrounding the park, there are also waterwheels and waterwheel huts, allowing the enjoyment of traditional landscapes.

The park opens in conjunction with the wisteria blooming season, and a Wisteria Festival is held with sales of local products and sweets.

Note that in 2022, after measures against the coronavirus, Shirai Omachi Fuji Park reopened, but the Wisteria Festival with merchandise sales did not take place.

In 2023, snack stalls, such as La Ilac’s ice gelato, have returned.

It seems that the festival can be enjoyed from 2024 onwards.

Sumiyoshi Shrine (Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Sumiyoshi Shrine was founded in the 8th year of Emperor Yuryaku (464 AD).

The wisteria planted in the mid-Meiji era has now become a large wisteria trellis, swaying in the sea breeze, entertaining visitors.

In the shrine precincts, various historical buildings can also be seen. The Noh stage on the south side of the main hall is a designated cultural property of Akashi City and was selected as one of the “Top 100 Historical Cultural Properties of Fisheries and Fishing Villages to be Preserved for the Future” (selected by the Fisheries Agency in 2006).

In 1627, under the orders of the first lord of Akashi Domain, Ogasawara Tadazane, it was created and will reach its 400th anniversary in 2027.

It is also a famous spot for hydrangeas blooming in early summer.

The view of the Harima Sea from the torii gate fascinates many people.


Nakayama Kannon Park (Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Adjacent to Nakayama Temple, Nakayama Kannon Park features a large wisteria trellis where you can enjoy white and purple wisteria flowers.

In the plaza of Nakayama Kannon Park, a wisteria trellis extends for about 100 meters, becoming a highlight from mid-April after the cherry blossoms have finished.

There are two types of wisteria: purple and white.

As there are fewer people, you can slowly enjoy the wisteria flowers and their fragrance.

Benten Pond (Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture)

It’s not particularly large, but it’s personally one of my favorite places.

A promenade is maintained around Benten Pond, and many people use it as a walking path.

Having a wisteria trellis and a bench right in front of the pond is very pleasant.

It’s located just a short walk from Hankyu Ninomiya Station.

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