Ashikaga Flower Park, Ashikaga, Japan Ashikaga’s wisteria trees bloom brilliantly for a few weeks every spring, turning the park into a vision of pastel pinks and purples. Visiting Japan during cherry blossom season would surely be a dream.
The Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is a three-story viewing and pleasure pavilion constructed on the edge of a pond as the focal point to a much larger garden on the grounds of the Rokuonji Temple. It gains its more popular name of ‘Kinkakuji’ from the gold plating on the exterior of the pavilion. The site in northern Kyoto was the developed as a large retirement estate by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) beginning in 1394. It is literally covered in real gold.