Wisteria tunnel: Japan's dream tourism spot

17 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Wisteria tunnel: Japan's dream tourism spot

You must have imagined such a place only in your dreams, a place like the Wisteria Tunnel in Japan. Every year, people from across the globe visit Japan just to witness this phenomenal gorgeous sight, which comes into play every spring. It’s the time when cherry blossoms bloom and the whole of Japan turns into a poet’s imagination. Just have a look at the stunning pictures of this tunnel, and you will surely be planning a trip to Japan very soon!

Where is Wisteria Tunnel?

Also known as the Kawachi Fuji Garden, this fairytale tunnel can be found in the city of Kitakyushu (about 5 hours from Tokyo by a high-speed train), Japan. The reason behind the beauty of Kawachi Fuji Garden is the presence of 20 different species of around 150 Wisteria flowering plants inside.

What’s inside?

Once you are inside the tunnel, you’ll be enchanted by the colours of the flowers that range in pink, white, purple, violet and blue. Guests can walk inside the tunnel and get mesmerised by the incredible beauty of the place.

Explore the tunnel

The best way to explore and capture the beauty of this ethereal tunnel is on foot. The gorgeous colourful Wisteria vines can climb by twining their stems both clockwise and anticlockwise to any support that is available. These vines can go as high as 20 m (65.6 ft) from the ground, and spread out to 10 m (32.8 ft) laterally. Describing their beauty in words is impossible, thus we have the pictures to give you what it’s like inside the Wisteria Tunnel of Japan.

Best time to visit

To witness the glory, colours and beauty of this tunnel, the period between April and May (depends on the weather each year) is considered the best. Generally, the end of April is the peak blooming time of this flower. This period is also called the Golden Week, from April 21 and May 6. However, it is not every year that wisteria blooms to its full extent. Before planning a trip, research well. Also, book your tickets and hotels if you are travelling from outside the country.

How to reach the tunnel?

Reaching the Wisteria Tunnel is no-hassle as the city of Kitakyushu is well-connected to the rest of Japan via various modes of transportation. The nearest train station to the tunnel is JR Yahata, take a bus from outside the station and get off at the Kawachi Elementary School. From there, the Wisteria Tunnel is only a 10-15 minutes’ walk. Guests can take high-speed trains from Tokyo, from where it takes just 5 hours to reach Kitakyushu.

Things to remember

If you are planning a trip to Japan to witness the beauty of this tunnel, make sure that you plan it in April and May, which is the blooming period of flowers. Entry is allowed only by obtaining a pre-paid ticket in advance. Then, guests are also required to pay an additional 500 JPY to 1000 JPY (Japanese Yen) at the entrance of the tunnel. Also, during the peak blooming season, the price keeps changing every day, depending on the flower blooming condition.


                Courtesy: timesofindia.com.