Catch the Wisteria festival before May 7. The lavender-coloured blooms, comprising of several bunches are displayed in all different manners and are particularly stunning when dangling from trellises. Kameido Tenjin Shrine is the best place in Tokyo to view the flowers, with a quiet pond beneath the trellises creating a magical scene of reflected purple. Planted during the Edo period, these wisterias are the subject of many ukiyo-e (color prints) and other works of art. There are even records which indicate that Tsunayoshi, the fifth Tokugawa shogun, and Yoshimune, the eight shogun, both visited this shrine to see the flowers. Make an afternoon of it, walking through the shitamachi (old downtown area) as you head from the Kameido Tenjin Shrine to the station.