Like a scene straight from a folkloric fairy tale, the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Japan is guaranteed to snatch your breath away. Located in Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture, the garden can be reached via a five-hour speed train from the nation’s capital.
With its delicately hanging flowers, ornately twisting vines and lovely pastel tones, it’s easy to see why wisteria is popular all over Japan. Indeed, it’s a common theme in waka, a form of classical Japanese poetry, and is an integral part of the country’s folklore.
Once you step inside the Kawachi Fuji tunnel, you’ll soon see why. With the intoxicating aroma of the flowers and the image of them gentle swaying in the breeze indelibly imprinted on your memory, there’s no doubt you’ll remember this places for years to come.
Make sure you plan your visit at the right time of the year to catch the spectacle in full bloom. The flowers thrive at the beginning of March and the end of April – come at any other time and you risk a gnarled and blossomless disappointment.