|They are sweet when they are sleeping|
I don't think I can adequately describe the amazing smells in this park! The sweet, delicate flowery smell of the wisteria was breathtaking! It wasn't like walking into a flower shop and being overwhelmed with the perfumes of the flowers. I think the light breeze helped the scents gently wander through the paths and up and down the hills.
I didn't get a shot of it, but there is a tunnel about 80 meters long that has yellow wisteria on it. It wasn't in bloom (probably why I didn't take a picture). Apparently, the yellow is the last to bloom, somewhere around the second or third week of May and it signals the end of the wisteria season.
I have a couple hundred shots of the azaleas. They were just so vibrantly colored! There were some bushes that had red, pink and white all in one! This lead to some of the flowers being white with pink or red splotches.
Thank you! To the gentleman who offered to take this shot for us, prompting with a "Cheesu", and his wife standing behind him reminding us that, hey, this is Japan and you have to put up your peace sign! Mackenzie said her eyes hurt too bad from the sun to see what the wife was telling us to do. :)
Many of the white wisteria weren't in bloom yet. Maybe a handful out of a few dozen white trees were ready.
At night the parks lights up the flowers. The wisteria looks magical with the lights. They had pictures of the trellis lit up in the park, we didn't stay until 8 pm to see that.
There are four trunks making up the pink bridge...one at each corner of the bridge ends.
This is a rare form of wisteria...double petal. They are very dark purple. This wisteria tree didn't seem as thick as the others. It looked like it was pretty much full bloom, so I'm not sure if it's just a really old tree that doesn't produce as many blooms anymore or if it just naturally produces less.
I think most of the park is in full bloom. I imagine the white wisteria will be in bloom by early next week, maybe even late this week. But, with Golden Week making a start on Thursday I figured we'd better make the trip now before the whole park wasn't in any kind of bloom. Glad we dropped everything and made a last minute decision to head up this way!