Isn’t that breathtakingly beautiful? It looks like something out of a fairy tale or some sci-fi fantasy movie, but the Wisteria Tunnel at Japan’s Kawachi Fuji Gardens is not a made-up place. It’s a place that you can actually experience for yourself. The garden is located in the city of Kitakyushu, which is a 4 hour drive from Tokyo.
One walk through the tunnel and you will understand why this magical place is such a popular tourist attraction. From April to May, the wisteria trees, which are lined up perfectly in rows, are blooming with an overwhelming abundance of flowers. It’s like heaven on earth with all the gorgeous cascading rows of purple and white flowers!
If you are having a rough day, I bet one visit to the Wisteria Tunnel will make you forget all of your troubles. You will get lost in the all the wonderful colours, textures and fragrances and maybe even find some inner peace! Flowers have been known to be very calming and relaxing.
Wisteria (can also be spelled wistaria or wysteria) is a genus of climbing flowering plants in the same family as the pea. Plants are native to Eastern USA, China, Korea and Japan. Wisterias are popular ornamental plants in Asia. Wisteria is consider an invasive plant in many parts of the United States.
The plant produces attractive cascading clusters of purple, violet, pink or white flowers in the spring or summer. Flowers are generally fragrant.
Wisteria are hardy and fast growing. It can be grown as a vine, tree or shrub. As a vigorous grower, it will need plenty of room to grow. It will also need a strong structure to support its climbing habits such as a wall, fence or garden trellis. The plant can grown up to 70 ft!
It will grow in poor quality soils, but does well in fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun. But it can be frustrating to get the plant to bloom. Flowers may not appear until the plant reaches maturity. Gardeners may have to wait up to 15 years for the plant to bloom! Regular prunings is required for the plant to flower and to keep its compact shape. And don’t over water or fertilize.