The famous wisteria tunnels will wow your senses and be the perfect escape to a world of beauty and wonder. Visit one or more of eleven gardens this spring!
Prepare yourself for sensory overload. Shortly after the beautiful sakura blossoms finish, the wisteria begin to bloom! In numerous places all over Japan, you can enjoy these wonderful flowers in dramatic fashion by walking through wisteria tunnels!
Kawachi Fuji Gardens outside Kitakyushu (near Fukuoka) opens for the wisteria season from mid-April to mid-May. It is famous amongst the gardens of Japan because of its expertly-crafted wisteria tunnels and trellises, all located high up in the mountains on a steep slope.
Wisteria grows rapidly and can get super tall as it climbs whatever is available. Gardeners take advantage of this, creating trellises or frameworks that enhance the flowers’ presentation and our ability to enjoy them. We can be completely surrounded by them in the wisteria tunnels and domes!
Did you know?
There are two types of wisteria; one grows clockwise and the other counterclockwise. Japan has the species Wisteria floribunda and it grows clockwise!
What perhaps impressed us more than the beautiful purple hues was the delicious scent filling the air as soon as we approached the tunnels. We got there early, so very few other people were there. Walking through the wisteria tunnels or under the trellises, you will notice the bees gathering nectar and flying between the vines. With the beautiful colors, smells and sounds, it really is a wonderful walk.
Along with the tunnels, the other plants make the garden is a real sight to behold. As you make your way around you will be able to see the wisteria tunnels from the top. Make sure to hike the entire way around, under and through!
Plan your trip
Buy your tickets early because the season is very short, you don’t want to miss it! It’s hard to know when the best time to go will be, they say the end of April is the best time to visit Kawachi wisteria tunnels. We went on April 21 as you can see they weren’t in full bloom yet.
- Buy tickets at a convenience stores like 7-Eleven and FamilyMart. For more information see their website.
- Choose a time slot (We recommend getting the earliest possible time; it tends to get more crowded the later you go!)
- You pay 500 yen from the convenience store then an additional 500 – 1000 yen upon entry depending on if they are in full bloom or not.
- They won’t let you enter until your assigned time; the later the time, the more people that will be in there lingering waiting for the perfect picture.
- Get there early and enjoy your walk.
- Bring a camera – it’s a beautiful place to capture memories! But don’t forget to put the camera down and just breathe.