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Autumn Leaves 2016

Kawachi Fujien – A Pastel-Colored Fairytale Garden

Kawachi Fujien – A Pastel-Colored Fairytale Garden

Mark I. Quijano

Kawachi Fuji garden is a private wisteria garden. It is located in Kitakyushu City, Japan and was established in 1977. This 10,000 square meter wide garden is home to about 150 wisteria flowering plants. There are 22 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink) of wisteria growing in this garden. The garden’s main attractions are the 80 and the 220-meter long wisteria tunnels. During the peak season, colorful wisteria flowers cover the whole garden and create pastel-colored fairytale tunnels. The wisteria tunnels became extremely popular in 2012. As a result, Kawachi Fuji Garden is now a popular tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world. You can see wisteria trees which are more than 100 years old here. You can also relax while being surrounded by wisteria flowers, taking a break and enjoying lunch under a beautiful wisteria trellis.

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One the most interesting facts about wisteria is, though it’s really beautiful during the peak season, it does only last in a short period of time. So, if you really want to see the garden with its perfect magical look it is really needed to check out the status of the garden through their website, or you'd better make a phone call before coming over.

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The best time to visit Kawachi Fuji Garden

The Southern part of Japan is quite warmer than the North or Kanto region. Sometimes flower bloom earlier than expected depending on the weather conditions. But usually, the best time to see wisteria flowers here is from late April to mid-May (depends on the weather each year). The peak season usually falls at the end of April and last until the first week of May, just in time for the Golden Week holidays.

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Entrance fees vary depending on the time of your visit. If you come before the peak, you may just pay 300-500 yen. However, if you come on the very peak season of wisteria entrance fee is 1,000 yen. The garden opens at 9:00 in the morning.

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Kawachi Fuji Garden Access

  • Air : Fukuoka Airport is the nearest international airport you in the area. But for those who are coming from nearby cities Kitakyushu domestic airport is also accessible.
  • Train : From Hakata station (Fukuoka City), take JR line to JR Yahata station, then take Nishitetsu bus #56 from Yahata Station and get off at Kawachi Elementary School. It may take about 10-15 min walk to the garden.
  • Car : The place is accessible by car. However, bear in mind that parking spaces near the garden are limited. And since the peak season usually falls during the golden week holidays in Japan, thousands of people from different prefectures visit the garden. You may come before the gates open to avoid getting stuck in a long waiting line.

Website: http://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/en/