Japan

Ashikaga Flower Park & Wisteria

“All my flower dreams came true!”

Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the most beautiful gardens I have visited.

This was an unplanned side trip which was definitely worthwhile. Although we missed the sakura, we arrived just in time to see the wisteria.

This was one of the best trips ever.

How to get from Tokyo to Ashikaga Flower Park?

This was a day trip from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours to get there. The route is now straightforward since they opened the JR Ashikaga Flower Park station in April 2018.

Click here for the official website link which has the transport details.
We used this route:

Tokyo Station >Ueno>Oyama>Ashikaga Flower Park Station

It is important to keep in mind the connecting train schedule from Oyama Station to Ashikaga Flower Station because on the day we were travelling, the frequency of the connecting train was an hourly basis.

Try using Hyperdia to check the train schedule.

Entrance Fees

We didn’t purchase our tickets in advance and in true DIY style we just made our way ourselves. The queue was long but fast and we got our tickets pretty quickly.

The entrance fees varies according to the condition of the garden. We visited during the peak period and paid 1800Yen per person.

I spent the whole day there because I absolutely love flowers.

I recommend staying past sunset because the ambience transforms with the sunset and in the evening, the park is lit up.

Definitely one of the best days of my life!

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MariCAR Tokyo

Ohayo gozaimasu from Tokyo!

We went for our maricar experience yesterday and it was great.

I unfortunately didn’t manage to complete the experience because I didn’t feel comfortable driving in a go-cart at a fast speed. I’m an anomaly though and in retrospect I should have tried go-karting at the speed of 40-50km per hour. It just felt too fast for me and I could not keep up with everyone else. Most people take to it very naturally. The staff and the guide, Pablo were amazing and they were very professional and friendly throughout.

You can book the experience by contacting them via their e-mail or Facebook page. They are very responsive. This is the link to their website.

If you’re Malaysian, you need to convert your Malaysian licence into an international licence. You can do so at JPJ. The process is simple but I recommend heading there early on a weekend to get it done because of the long queue. I went to apply for the international driving licence at the Pudu UTC on a Saturday morning.