The impressive botanical gardens around the world (P.26) - The wonderland of Wisteria tunnels in Japan


( Every spring, travelers from around the world visit Japan to see the country’s cherry blossoms, but the season also brings several other stunning blooms to admire.

Wisteria, known as fuji in Japanese, may only be the country’s second most famous flowers, but thanks to their ability to bend, wisteria can be turned into large tunnels of blue, pink, purple, and white to make for a kaleidoscopic stroll.

While peak blooming periods can vary depending on the temperature, lucky visitors may be able to catch Japan's cherry blossoms and wisteria blooms in one trip.

Wisteria typically blooms around late April and early May, with slight variations depending on the type of wisteria in bloom. For example, pale red wisteria typically reach full bloom around mid to late April, while white wisteria reaches full bloom around early May and Kibana wisteria reach full bloom around early to mid-May.

The Ashikaga Flower Park is the only location in Japan with a Kibana wisteria tunnel visitors can walk underneath. It's also home to more than 350 different wisteria trees that bloom in colors ranging from light violets and pinks to purples, whites, and bright yellows.

Another popular tunnel is at the Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Kitakyushu. The park is home to 22 different kinds of wisteria that start to bloom and peak from the end of April through mid-May. Its two tunnels meet to form a large dome, creating a sea of colors to walk beneath.

There are a variety of parks that make for prime viewing locations, including Tennogawa Park and Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, which sits on the slope of a mountain in the Hyōgo prefecture of Japan’s Kansai region.

At Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, some of the wisteria clusters can grow to be almost five feet in length, making for a wonderful scene as they sway with the wind.

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