There is a very well known anecdote that tells how the wisteria flowers that could be seen from inside Kanbe's prison cell when confined within Arioka Castle gave him the strength to keep on living.
The wisteria of the Arioka Castle Ruin were planted by the mayors of Itami and Himeji to commemorate the newly announced NHK Taiga Drama "Tactician Kanbe (aired in 2014)", in order to promote Arioka Castle and Araki Murashige, which are known for being related to Kanbe's confinement during the Warring States period.
This year, there were over 100 20 cm long tufts blooming on the two plants. You can feel the fragrance of the season in the aroma of the wisteria flowers. This month is the best time to see them.
Everyone is looking forward to the future growth of the wisteria plants, a means of remembering the stories that took place during the war period around Arioka castle.