When you say ‘Wisteria’, we say ‘Lane’. But Japan’s Wisteria Tunnel has nothing to do with the complicated adventures of suburban women. The Wisteria Tunnel is a magical place that came straight out of a fairytale. The tunnel is located in the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu. The private gardens are known for their wisteria, featuring 150 plants and 20 different species. A viewpoint at the top of the hillside oasis offers top-notch views of the flowers, as well as the bamboo groves in the surrounding valleys. If you love Mother Nature’s breathtaking floral miracles, you should definitely add Japan to your bucket list.
The two 100-meter wisteria tunnels are the main attraction of the Kawachi Fuji Gardens, six hours outside of Tokyo. The living structures are a perfect combination of nature and architecture, sometimes known as “arbortecture.” Wisteria vines can climb up to 65 feet above ground and 33 feet laterally by twining their stems around any available support, which is how the tunnels were formed. The flowers range in color from dark purple to light purple to white.
The best time to visit the Kawachi Fuji Gardens is in late April or early May, during the “Fuji Matsuri,” or “Wisteria Festival,” when the magical tunnel is in full bloom. It’s around the same time as the nation’s famed Cherry Blossom festival, so you can book a single ticket and experience two of the world’s most stunning natural wonders in one fell swoop.
Source: Architectural Digest