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 Wisteria tunnel is so colorful and graceful.
Best time to visit is from late April to mid May (depends on the weather each year). The peak is normally at the end of April to the Golden Week, between April 21 and May 6. Not every year wisteria blooms so magnificently. To get to the garden from the JR Yahata train 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”.
Important: During the blooming season (April and May), entry is only allowed by obtaining a pre-paid ticket in advance, and then paying additional 500 JPY or 1000 JPY at the door depending on the daily changing price (due to flower blooming condition). You can book your tickets here.
If you had the chance to walk along this flower-covered pathway, feel free to drop a line and tell us how it felt!