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One of the largest wisteria festivals in Japan, the Konan Wisteria Festival! What are the highlights?

This video is "Konan City Public Relations『We Welcome You (あなたを歓迎します)』~Konan City’s Wisteria PR Video~" made by "konankoho," to promote the Konan Wisteria Festival at Mandara Temple (曼陀羅寺 Mandaraji) in Konan City, Aichi prefecture.

Mandara Temple was built in Owari (in what is now Aichi Prefecture) in the first half of the 14th century at the behest of Emperor Godaigo.
The temple has a gorgeous wisteria trellis, some of which has been transplanted to a neighboring park, and the Konan Wisteria Festival, one of the largest and most popular events in Japan, offers a spectacular view of the wisteria in bloom under the management of the city of Konan.
You can enjoy the magnificent view of the flowers at this event.
The Konan Wisteria Festival is usually held during the Golden Week holidays in April and May.

The highlight of the Konan Wisteria Festival is the wisteria flowers that fill the park. The wisteria trellises, 4,700 m2 in area and up to 75 m long, are filled with clusters of wisteria flowers in a variety of colors, from early and late bloomers to purple, red, and white, and the sweet scent of the flowers fills the park.
You can see the extraordinary beauty of Konan Wisteria Festival even in the video. Check out the amazing wisteria in bloom!

History of the Konan Wisteria Festival, Japan’s No. 1 Wisteria Festival

The Konan Wisteria Festival, one of Japan’s largest Wisteria festivals, is held in Konan City, Aichi prefecture.
The city was formed in 1954 after the merger of Tanba Gun Kochino Town (丹羽郡古知野町 Tanbagun Kochinocho), Hotei Town (布袋町 Hoteicho), Haguri Gun Miyata Town (葉栗郡宮田町 Hagurigun Miyatacho) and Kusai Village (草井村 Kusaimura). Towns and villages were merging left and right during the Showa period, and it eventually came to be called the "Great Showa Merger" (昭和の大合併, Showa no Daigapei).
The main industry is the manufacturing of electronic components, and the industrial area has one of the largest weekday worker populations in Aichi Prefecture. You can learn about the history and culture of Konan City at the Konan City History Folklore Museum.

What are the dates of the Konan Wisteria Festival and other events such as lighting up?

Image of Wisteria

During the Konan Wisteria Festival, there are various events around Mandara Temple. The atmosphere of the festival is boosted by these events.
There are various concerts at Mandara Temple’s stage next to the site and other places within the city. The lighting on Wisteria trellis creates a magnificent view in the evening.
There is also a photo competition. If you think you're good at photography, why not enter into the competition with your own photos? At the very least you'll have something to post on Instagram if you don't win.
Throughout the video, you are of course, shown the best of the Konan Wisteria Festival, with its gorgeous purple walls.

The dates for the 2024 Enan Wisteria Festival are from April 15 to May 5. During the festival, the wisteria will be illuminated from 6:30pm to 9pm.

During the festival, there is a free shuttle bus connecting Mandara Temple, Suitopia Konan (すいとぴあ江南), Flower Park Konan (フラワーパーク江南), and Ongakuji Temple (音楽寺 Ongakuji).
The timetable can be downloaded as a PDF file from official Konan Wisteria Festival website.
There are 14 toll parking lots (500 yen for up to 3 hours) in the vicinity, and the official website has a PDF file of "Mandara Temple Park Information Map and Guide to Parking Lots in the Area" for your convenience.

Visit Konan City, the Number One Tourist Spot in Aichi Prefecture

A long time ago, the Konan City area in Aichi prefecture was called Owarimei (昔尾張名).
The Nobunagaikoma Yoshino Route is a 5km sightseeing route on foot where you can see the history of the area:
Hotei Station(布袋駅)→Hiroma Family House Gate (廣間家の門 Hiromake no mon)→Takara Peak Base (宝山頂基地 Takara Sancho Kichi)→Hanya Temple (般若寺 Hanyaji)→Ikoma House Ruins (生駒屋敷跡 Ikoma Yashiki ato)→Shinmei Shrine (神明社 Shinmeisha)→Kyusho Temple (久昌寺 Kyushoji)→Ryu Shrine (龍神社 Ryujinja)→Jokan Temple (常観寺 Jokanji)→Kyo Mound (経塚 Kyozuka)→Hotei Station

Other popular tourist attractions in Konan City include Flower Park Konan.
It is filled with beautiful flowers, yet it is not so well-known. Another place is Kannon Temple (観音寺 Kannonj), an ancient Japanese temple, where you can experience serene scenery.
Be sure to visit these places when you're in Konan City.

Summary of Konan City, Aichi Prefecture

Image of Mandara Temple's wisteria
Photo:Mandara Temple's wisteria

As an industrial city, Konan City is not a big tourist city. It’s a regional city with warm climate and has a lot of greenery on its outskirts.
Konan Wisteria Festival, one of Japan’s largest Wisteria festivals, held in Konan City during Golden Week, is packed with tourists every year.
If you stay in Nagoya, you can also try out some of Nagoya’s local foods, too.

The peak of the festival is in the first half of Golden Week. However, you can see the wisteria in full bloom around mid-April.
If you prefer to enjoy the full view of the Wisteria blossom and its sweet smell in peace, you should visit there in the early morning when there are not many visitors about. You can go for lunch and stroll around the city afterwards.

Be sure to check out the video on the Konan Wisteria Festival and witness the beauty of the wisteria.
If you're interested in visiting, be sure to click on the links below for more information!

◆Mandara Temple◆
【Address】202 Teramachi, Maehibo Town, Konan City in Aichi Prefecture 483-8336
【Access】10 minutes by bus from Konan Station on the Inuyama Line
【Parking】Paid car parks nearby
【Telephone No.】0587-55-1695

【Official Website】Aichi prefecture Konan City Hall Website

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Last Updated : Apr. 6, 2021
児玉 勇(Yu Kodama)
A writer who loves Japan and yakitori
The Konan Wisteria Festival - One of Japan’s Largest Wisteria Festivals, Located in Konan, Aichi Prefecture. The 75m Long Wisteria Trellis Creates a Mystical World of Gorgeous Flowers!
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