Asia, Hidden Places

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

2 Apr , 2013  


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 fairy tale 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.
Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (7)Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (2) Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (9)

Best time to visit is 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 blooms 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.

Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (4) Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (5)

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!

Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (1)Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (6) Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (3)Wisteria Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden (8)



29 Responses

  1. Vivienne Boyack says:

    How do you manage to get from Tokyo to KitaKyushu in 4 hours?!!! More like 12!

  2. tote says:

    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.

  3. becky says:

    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?

  4. tote says:

    Too early, unfortunately. Enjoy your trip!

  5. Phuan says:

    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.

  6. Tudor says:

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

  7. Ono says:

    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.

  8. achie says:

    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 says:

    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.

  10. Kitti says:

    It’s very wonderful to see the picture and hope to visit the garden in near future.
    Thanks for useful information and comments

  11. Chantip says:

    I will be at Fuji on May 28, Is there a chance to see the Wisteria tunnel

  12. Qpoon says:

    Hi is there any update on the current status of the wisteria? I’ll be in Kitakyushu on the 9th May 2014.

    Does anyone know how Kawachi Fuji Garden compare to Ashikaga Flower Park (1.5 hours train ride away from Tokyo)?

  13. Asha Daga says:

    Would love to visit this beautiful artistic place.Seeing these in pictures only does not satisfy my soul.An unimaginable spray in a garden.

  14. Jj says:


    I’m trying to find some of the most beautiful places in the world to propose to my gf. I know she would love it if we get engaged in the Wisteria Tunnel.

    My only concern would be to plan a trip to go there from 5/1-5/10 and the flowers don’t blossom.

    Do you guys think this place is as beautiful in person as it looks in pictures? and do you think there is a high chance that the flowers won’t blossom between mid-april and mid-may?


  15. Riana says:

    I must print out this page and make the list next year end of April – may I must be there.
    I will 3 of my children to travel with me!

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  17. Person says:

    Will this be in bloom in early- early/mid-April?

  18. Tudor says:

    Hi! The best time to visit Kawachi Fuji Gardens is from late April to mid May. But it all depends on the weather in that period.

  19. Roberta says:

    How is the garden now? End of March/April 1st, would I be able to see anything?

  20. Tudor says:

    Hi Roberta,

    The best time to visit Kawachi Gardens is the end of April and beginning of May.

  21. Clairine natasha says:

    oopps sorry my mistaken.
    i want to visit there in mid May 2016.
    is there still blooming?

    thank you so much ^^

  22. Tudor says:

    In mid May is a bit late, but everything depends on how is the weather during April. Hope you will have a nice time there. All the best.


  23. Ashfaq says:

    I love this tunnel, awesome and colorful.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi i am visiting japan and will reach tokyo on 28th june only. Does it make sense to visit the kawachi garden, i am really keen to see. but reading a lot here and there but couldnt find any information on what to expect in July week 1. Please help!

  25. Tudor says:

    Hi! The period when the garden is in full blossom is between April and May. Later, the garden will be mostly green, losing its spectacular appearance.

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  27. maya says:

    Hi…. Just want to ask how long doest it take from osaka to this garden by train. Do we have to but ticket in advance?

  28. Tudor says:

    Hi, Maya! The trip by train takes around 3 1/2 hours between Osaka and Kytakyushu. And yes, you should buy tickets in advance.

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