Flower-Covered Pathway – Japan’s Magical Wisteria Tunnels – For Your Travel Inspiration

When you think about Japan one of the first things to come in mind will probably be the cherry blossoms, here, we’ll talk about another flowering plant even more enchanting and beautiful – wisteria wines. Contrary to popular belief, not all wisteria plants are purple. Different varieties display different colors, which may include pale blue, pink, white, and yellow petals. Some of these hues are on display at Japan’s Ashikaga Flower Park, which has a wisteria ceiling that visitors can walk beneath. It’s home to more than 350 wisteria trees, as well as the oldest known wisteria plant in Japan, more than 140 years old. Located north of Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture, the park is open year-round, but the wisteria begins to bloom from mid-April to mid-May, depending on the variety. Traveling south, the Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Kitakyushu – the northernmost city of Kyushu Island – is another must-see wisteria destination. The garden’s two 330-foot wisteria tunnels boast 22 different varieties of the plant. Other popular wisteria destinations throughout Japan include Tennogawa Park in Tsushima, Shirai Omachi Fuji Park in Asago, Tokyo’s Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Byodoin Temple in Kyoto Prefecture, and Koenji Temple in Ichikawa. The Kamitoba Sewage Treatment Plant in Kyoto is also an unexpectedly pleasant place to view the flowering trees.

Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan

The Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture

Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu

Senkoji Park in Hiroshima

The Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Fukuoka

Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu

Koenji temple in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture

Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu

The Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture

[via travelandleisure]