Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan

Wisteria Flower Tunnel


Intrduce :

The gardens are located about a 4-hour drive away from Tokyo, and the best visiting time is late April to mid May. At this time of the year, the wisteria flowers are in full bloom. Moreover, an annual “Wisteria Festival”, also known as “Fuji Matsuri“, is hosted on April 27-29 to offer additional festivities in the gardens. Once in the gardens, many visitors experience an overwhelming zen-like peace and calmness. It’s no wonder that wisteria is an important symbol for Buddhists, representing prayer and reaching out to the divine. These metaphors are mostly inspired by the spiraling shape and manner that the flower grows, sometimes reaching as high as 65.6 ft above the ground.

Infomation :

- Official site: Here
- Best time to visit: Late April to mid May
- Admission: YES (approx. 300-100 yen depending on time you are visiting). Greater bloom = more expensive
- Directions: To get to the garden from JR Yahata station, take Nishitetsu bus #56 and get off at Kawachi Elementary School. Then walk 10-15 min to the garden
- GPS coordinates: 33°49’54.62″N 130°47’33.42″E | See on Google Maps
- There is a Wisteria festival here at the end of ‘Golden Week’ from April 27-29

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