Appearing as if it came from a fairytale, the Wisteria Tunnel is a spectacular wonder that exemplifies Japan’s perception of beauty and architecture. This is Japan travel at it’s prettiest!
The Wisteria Tunnel is a part of the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan, home to 150 kinds of Wisteria plants from 20 different species. As you walk through the tunnel you will be welcomed by the sweet, fruity scent of the flowers and become mesmerized by the beautiful pastel hues of purples, pinks, reds, and whites. In the gardens, you can also catch a view from above, where there is a viewpoint at the top of the hillside garden for an enthralling view of the tunnel and surrounding gardens.
The Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants from the pea family, native to the eastern United States, China, Korea, and Japan. It has become widely popular in Japan, where thousands the flowers are gracefully hung from the tip of the plant’s vines that sway beautifully in the wind.
The best time to visit the tunnel is at the end of April to mid-May during the Wisteria Festival (Fuji Matsuri), where the flowers are in full bloom. During any other time of the year, the flowers may not appear as pretty! Nevertheless, the tunnel is a natural wonder that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
Japan travel is full of wonders like these and offers scope for endless discovery! Now this is bound to inspire some serious Insta-envy!
How to get here:
From the JR Yahata Station, take Nishitetsu bus #56 to the Kawachi Shogakko-Mae bus stop, where the garden is located 15 minutes away.
There is also a shuttle that runs between Yahata Station and the Kawachi Wisteria Garden during peak season.