Forget the cherry blossoms – if you’re after a floral extravaganza then you may want to check out Japan’s ridiculously pretty Wisteria Tunnels.
Tucked away in the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu in southwest Japan, these picturesque tunnels are completely covered in pastel-hued flowers.
In fact the tunnel gets its name from the Wisteria flowers themselves.
There are over 20 species of flowering plants ranging from pink, purple, blue, violet and white hues, all arranged to grow around and intertwine with the tunnel structures. (Not to mention they’re renowned for their incredible scents).
It looks like something out of a fairytale – so it’s no surprise that the flowers are a hit on Instagram .
Visitors have long been flocking to the colourful gardens to check out the spectacular walkways which measure approximately 100 metres long.
Although the gardens are actually private, they are open to the public during wisteria season; the best time to go is in late April/early May when the botanical gardens open the tunnel for the ‘Fuji Matsuri’, or ‘Wisteria Festival’, just as the flowers are in full bloom.
Founded in the 1970s, the tunnels have enjoyed a burst of popularity in recent years; in fact, they’re so popular that visitors now need to buy tickets if they want to explore, not to mention it’s a bid to control the crowds heading for a glimpse of the storybook-esque spot.
If you are considering a visit, then you may want to consider flying to Fukuoka airport which is about an hour’s drive away, and the nearest major airport to the gardens.
It’s worth noting that the gardens are located on the side of a hill and it can be quite a trek if you’re going via local transport, so you may want to consider hiring a car in order to give yourself a shorter journey and a bit more time to explore.
Alternatively, it’s about a five-hour train journey from Tokyo if you happen to be exploring the city and are looking to expand your itinerary with a few excursions.