Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisteria Blossom, Japan
The Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden is a scenic wisteria garden located in Kitakyushu, Japan. First opening in 1977, the garden has become especially popular in recent years, with thousands of Japanese and international visitors coming to see the wisterias bloom each spring.
Kawachi Fujien is home to a total of 150 wisteria plants from 20 different flowering species, making the garden look like a kaleidoscopic dreamscape when the flowers are in full bloom. Visitors can gaze upon the cascading wisteria blossoms while enjoying a leisurely stroll around the garden. However, the most picturesque location in the garden is under one of its two wisteria tunnels.
While the Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden is open from mid-April to mid-May, the best time to go is during Golden Week, which is taking place from April 21-May 6 in 2018. In order to arrive in time to see the wisterias blooming, book a flight to Fukuoka Airport (FUK), which is 40 miles south of the wisteria garden. From there, take a bus from Yahata Station to Kamishigeta.
Even though it's possible to buy tickets at the garden's entrance outside of peak season, tickets must be purchased in advance during Golden Week. They cost ¥500 and are available through machines at most convenience stores in Kitakyushu. An additional fee of ¥500-¥1,500 will then be charged at the garden's reception desk.
Address: 2-2-48 Kawachi, Yahata-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture 805-0045