Mid Apr
Early May
This is one of the largest katakuri displays in all of Japan
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Dogtooth Violets at Totsushozan

Purple blooms blanketing the ground in Asahikawa

Kim   - 1 min read
When : Mid Apr - Early May 2022

Katakuri, or dogtooth violets, grow in abundance during spring in numerous parts of Japan. If you're looking for one of the largest displays of these flowers in all of the country, Totsushozan in the Asahikawa area of Hokkaido is worth a visit.

The flowers are easily affected by the weather conditions, and when the temperatures are cold the flowers droop quite a bit. The best time to visit is between 11 am and 3 pm when the temperature rises and the flowers do, too!

Last year's peak for the flowers in bloom was right around the end of April, so tentatively assume it should be similar this year, too.

Getting there

The katakuri on display at Totsushozan can be accessed within a 10 minute drive from the Asahikawa Kita IC, a 25 minute drive from the JR Asahikawa Station, or around 40 minutes from the Asahikawa Airport. Parking is available at the venue.


Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's gr...