Wisteria Festivals in Nagoya and Beyond

April marks the beginning of Japan’s iconic cherry blossom season, when the landscape is transformed into a spectacle of delicate pink and white flowers. Cherry blossoms are revered due to their symbolism of quickly blooming and fading away. However, the end of cherry blossom season doesn’t mean the end of flower viewing. Spring brings quite a basket of blossoms to enjoy. 

One flower I particularly like is the late April blooming wisteria. Wisteria is a flowering plant in the legume family. It consists of woody twining vines native to Asia and North America. These plants are famous for their ability to climb by twisting their stems around accessible supports. Wisterias are admired for their stunning and fragrant flowers, which appear in drooping racemes of various colors, such as white, lilac, purple, and pink. 

Wisteria, a beautiful flowering plant symbolizing immortality and longevity, has inspired poets and artists for centuries. Its significance is deeply rooted in history and culture, especially in Japan. Wisteria is famously associated with the “Fuji Musume” (Wisteria Maiden) dance in Kabuki theater, a celebrated piece first performed in 1826. 

The dance involves a solo performance by the Wisteria Maiden, accompanied by nagauta music. The story depicted in the dance is that of a maiden in a painting who falls in love with a man who gazes at her. Despite her heartfelt expressions of love through letters, her affections remain unrequited, and she returns to her painting. 

Locally, wisteria viewing is a long-standing tradition that offers the experience of passing through tunnels of wisteria in full bloom. You have some options to enjoy this tradition from mid-April to early May. 

Meijo Park – Nagoya City 

Meijo Park is a popular destination that is widely known for its breathtaking blooms. If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out the Wisteria Corridor in Meijo Park, just north of Nagoya Castle. This beautiful pathway spans 660 meters and features 85 wisteria trees, showcasing nine different varieties. The corridor is stunning and the perfect place for a lovely stroll, stretching from the East Gate of Nagoya Castle to the southern end of Meijo Park.

11 Chome-2 Meijo, Kita Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 462-0846, Japan (map)

Wisteria Festivals near Nagoya

Fuji-no-Kairo Wisteria Alley – Toyota City

Mitsukuri-cho, Toyota, hosts a wisteria festival during Golden Week. The festival features a 370-meter stretch of wisteria pergolas and celebrates the peak bloom of Mitsukuri-Town’s beautiful wisterias. Visitors can enjoy concerts, shops, and martial arts demos and walk the stunning “Wisteria Alley,” adorned with four varieties of wisterias.

Where: Tatsuchu, Mitsukuri-cho, Toyota-City, Aichi Prefecture (map)

Gomangoku Wisteria Festival – Okazaki City

The festival near Okazaki Castle showcases the city’s official flower—the Gomangoku Fuji. This stunning flower covers an area of 1,300 square meters. It looks magnificent when illuminated at night during the festival, which takes place from April 19, 2024, to May 5, 2024. The area is also well known for being the birthplace of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The Gomangoku Fuji variety of wisteria is a national prefectural monument and a cultural asset.

Where: 5 6 1 1 Koseicho, Okazaki, Aichi (map)

Konan Wisteria Festival – Konan City

Konan’s Mandara Park hosts a wisteria festival from April 15 to May 5. The park has around 60 wisterias of 12 varieties and peonies that bloom during the same period. Visitors can enjoy the stunning blooms in various colors, such as pink, white, and purple. The festival also includes a parade of seven warlords from the Sengoku period who played a significant role in the city’s history.

Where: Teramachi-202 Maehibocho, Konan, Aichi (map)

Kotoen Wisteria Festival – Hekinan City

The Kotoen Garden in Hekinan City, established in 1820, hosts a festival featuring fragrant Daruma Fuji and long Nagafuji vines. The garden attracts locals and tourists, who marvel at the elegantly draped flowers. 04/13/2024 – 04/28/2024

Where: 3-46 Nihongimachi, Hekinan-City, Aichi (map)

Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival – Tsushima City

Located in Tennogawa Park in Tsushima, this festival features 114 trees of 12 wisteria varieties. The park lights up from 18:00 to 21:00, offering food stalls and various events, enhancing the nocturnal viewing experience. 2024.04.13 09:00 – 2024.04.29

Where: 496-0853 Aichi, Tsushima, Miyagawacho, 1 Chome (map)


These festivals celebrate the stunning beauty of wisteria flowers and showcase Japan’s rich cultural heritage and ongoing tradition of flower viewing. Each location provides a distinct experience, encouraging visitors to fully indulge in the exquisite beauty of nature, complemented by the historical and cultural setting of Aichi Prefecture.