Things to See in Japan: The Wisteria Flower Tunnel of Kawachi Fuji Garden Travel Attractions 26 MAY 2015

If you ever find yourself wandering around the city of Kitakyushu, in the Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, it might be worth your while to pop into the Kawachi Fuji Garden.

The Wisteria Flower Tunnel of Kawachi Fuji Garden, Kitakyushu, Kyushu, Japan 1

This private garden is home to an incredible 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species. The garden’s main attraction is the Wisteria Flower Tunnel that allows visitors to walk down an enchanting 220m long tunnel exploding with colour.

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A member of the pea family native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan, Wisteria is an ornamental vine, wildly popular in both Eastern and Western gardens for its graceful hanging flowers and its ornate, winding branches. Easily trained, the woody vines tend to reach maturity within a few years, at which point they bloom in cascades of long, lavender flowers of varying pastel shades.

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Make sure to visit in late April or Early May, during the “Fuji Matsuri,” or “Wisteria Festival,” when the magical tunnel is in full bloom. Arrive at any other time of year, and sadly it is not quite as spectacular – i.e. there isn’t anything to look at!

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