February 4, 2017
Winter is the time for hibernating trees (I used to call them dead trees). So I didn’t expect there would be seasonal flowers blooming during winter! Ashikaga houses a couple, and these are actually winter plants as they are not in a greenhouse or conservatory, and I can imagine how crowded the place can be during spring.
How to get there
- Rates vary, and the cheapest one I found starts from Tobu Skytree. From there, the fare is around JPY1,380 to Tomita Station. Take note that there are various routes, most of which are JPY500-JPY3,000 more expensive. Be careful!
- At Tomita Station, take a ten minute walk to the park. There are signs pointing to the right direction in strategic places, like this:
- Train from Shimbashi (take Ginza line to Mitsukoshimae Station, then take Hanzomon line to Tobu Skytree), around JPY1,600 one way.
- Entrance: 800 yen
- Food trip in the park: Rice wrapped in meat, 280 yen, beef kebab 500 yen.
When to go:
There are various “highlights” per season, though based on the fact that the entrance fee doubles during spring, April/May is the best time to go.
Since I’m going through Winter Illuminations, I went on February. I was thinking of waiting til spring, but the illuminations end at February 4. So off I go.
I’m splitting this post into two – one is the park itself, and the winter illumination (next post).