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See Why Everyone’s Talking About the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu

Posted Sep 23, 2015

Introducing the Kawachi Fuji Garden, the wisteria garden that has gained a lot of attention in top 10 travel lists and social media.

Located in Kawachi in Kitakyushu, this privately run garden leads the nation in terms of square footage and has some truly incredible scenery. The place is packed full of visitors every year during Japan’s golden week holiday, which runs from late April to early May.

Breathtaking Wisteria Tunnels

Boasting an area of around 6,000 square meters, the trellises and wisteria tunnels are not to be missed. There is one 80 meter tunnel and one 220 meter tunnel. During peak blooming season, there are 22 different types of flowers blooming all together. When you enter, it makes quite the first impression.

The entry fee ranges from 300 to 1000JPY based on the condition of the flowers.
If you happen to catch a day where the price is 1000JPY, it’s an exceptional opportunity, and you should definitely go.

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Waking Up Early is Worth it

The Kawachi Fuji Garden does not advertise itself, so the only way anyone hears about it is through word of mouth. This policy of no advertising is to prevent too many guests coming and damaging the wisteria trees. Despite this, the garden still receives many guests every year. By lunchtime each day it’s even a bit crowded.

Arriving early is recommended. It opens at 9AM, but it’s worth your while to get there even earlier. If you’re lucky, you might be able to enter a little bit before the official opening time. Having the place mostly to yourself makes it even more enjoyable.

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Truly Stunning Wisteria Trellises

In addition to the tunnels, guests should set aside time to enjoy the trellis area, which stretches over about 3,300 square meters. Visitors can waste the day away, lazily sitting under the trellises and gazing at the gorgeous tufts of flowers flowing down. Many choose to enjoy a picnic lunch or even a nap under the canopy.

Sights and Smells

Viewing the flowers is something to look forward to, of course, but don’t forget that they smell great, too!
As the smell draws in guests, it also draws in a few bees, which might be a bit scary for some people. Don’t worry, though -- the flowers are way more interesting than humans, so they will probably leave you alone.

Don’t Miss the Rare Yae Wisteria

Don’t Miss the Rare Yae Wisteria

Getting There

The pictures in this article really don’t do the Kawachi Fuji Garden justice.

Locals begin looking forward to the golden week holidays around the end of sakura season (mid-March). The wisteria blooming usually lines up perfectly with golden week (late April to early May), so if you’re already living in Japan and have the time off, it’s an excellent opportunity.

The address is: 2 Chome-2 Kawachi 46, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyūshū-shi, Fukuoka-ken

It’s about 15 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop, Kawachi Shogakko Mae, or about 30 minutes drive from the Kokura-minami interchange.

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