It’s practically impossible to walk through the beautifully vibrant passageway of wisteria flowers (Wisteria sp.) at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu without imagining an elegant fairy princess and her one-horned white steed prancing alongside you.
They say the tunnel of white wisteria, with length of 80 meters, is the most spectacular in the whole garden. White brushes of flowers and delicate sweet flavors linger with you. The Japanese themselves call this tunnel “The Road of Happiness”. Wisteria is a symbol of Japan, “Fuji” in Japanese. Even the highest mountain in Japan, Fujiyama – means “Mountain of Wisteria.” Wisteria symbolizes youth, poetry, female beauty, healing and protection. This plant isn’t inferior to the popularity of the famous Japanese Sakura!
The appearance of tunnels constantly changes, depending on the season and light. These amazing floral tunnels are painted in different colors and shades. There are about 150 Wisteria flowering plants of 20 different species (white, yellow, green, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink). This makes the tunnel so colorful and spellbinding. Being here, you might want to stop and examine all these tiny pastel-colored petals.
The height of these plants reaches 18 meters. They can easily braid the constructed for their support wireframes and create blooming tunnels, hanging down as colorful garlands. To enjoy all the beauty of flowering wisteria it is recommended to come here in late April – middle May. Unfortunately, wisteria blooms to full flower not every year, but even in the weak flowering periods the garden looks beautiful!
Wisteria Tunnel is one of the most striking sights of Japan and definitely one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you go into the tunnel, you won’t stop half way, and will definitely want to go to the end!
Credits: Feel The Planet & Atlas Obscura