A Colorful Walk: Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan

Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan ( 5 hours from Tokyo, if you take the Nozomi high speed train) is where you will find this pastel-colored fairytale tunnel. The gardens are home to about 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink). This is the reason why the “tunnel” is so colorful and graceful.


The best time of the year to go from late April to mid May (depends on the weather each year). The peak is normally at end of April to the Golden Week. Not every year wisteria bloom so magnificently. To get to the garden from JR Yahata station, take Nishitetsu bus #56 and get off at Kawachi Elementary School. Then walk 10-15 min to the garden. It is difficult to imagine Kawachi Fuji Garden any other way but in full bloom, yet according to Atlas Obscura, visiting the place outside the mentioned time period will lead you to a  “disheartening mass of lifeless, twisted branches”. If you had the chance to walk along this flower-covered pathway, feel free to drop a line and tell us how it felt!


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com


Photograph via udivitelno.com

11 thoughts on “A Colorful Walk: Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan

  1. tote Post author

    Thank you for the comment, Vivienne! It’s obvious that a 830 km distance cannot be made by car in 4 hours. I think that we read about that time in accordance with the estimation of Japan Rail System, and wrongly thought that the same distance can be made by car. So, thanks again for your vigilant traveler’s spirit. We take it as precious help.

  2. becky

    Hi there, Im living in Kitakyushu at the moment but i would love to show my friend this place in february/early march when she visits. Do you think the flowers will be in bloom? Or will it still be too early?

  3. Phuan

    I was there last year on 6 May 2013 as we were told that the Wisteria is in full bloom. We stayed at Shin-Osaka as it is the interchange stn to most major cities.
    We took train from Shin-Osaka to Kokura Stn 0807 / 1025 (138min), then change train to Yahata Stn 1033 / 1045 (12min).
    From here, there is a bus that takes you to the end stn, but you still have to walk quite a distance like 45min & the driver suggested that we should take a taxi. So, take a taxi from Yahata Stn (15min ride for 2500 yen) to the Kawachi Fuji Garden as the walk is still quite far from where the two buses drop-off. Arr 1245 / Dep 1330. Entrance Fee to the Garden is 1000 yen but it’s well worth it !
    As the garden is quite small – allow 45 min to 1 hour for photo-taking & ask Information desk to call for taxi back to Yahata Stn.

  4. Tudor

    Thank you for your comment, Phuan. This is very useful information for those who desire to visit these gardens.

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  6. Ono

    Hello there, I would like to take my mother to Wysteria garden this year and we will be coming from Mongolia. Do you know anyone that I could contact from the garden who speaks english? I want to contact them and ask if the flowers are in bloom before I plan my trip to JApan.

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  8. achie

    Hi there,

    My friends and I will be in Japan on May 8-13 2014. WIll the wisteria be in bloom then? How do we get to the garden from Shinjuku station? I hope you can help me.
    Thank you!

  9. Tudor

    Hi, Achie! Depends on the weather in that period, but the wisteria is in bloom usually between end of April and middle of May. I think you will be lucky! Regarding your departure from Tokyo, you must take a high speed train to Kitakyushu (5 hours away). I think that an information center from the station will clear things up. Hope you will enjoy your trip and maybe give us a feedback about your experiences.

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