Went to Kawachi Fuji-en Wisteria Garden last weekend with my dad and sis. It was stated as one of the most beautiful places in Japan by CNN that’s why it became really popular with foreign tourists. AHH! One of my bucket list came true! So happy! See the rest of my bucket list here.
We took a Shinkansen / bullet train from Himeji Station to Kokura (in Kita Kyushu) last May 7th, Sunday so we can see wisterias in full bloom the day after. We stayed in Kokura for a night and explored Kita Kyushu and accidentally visited Yamaguchi Prefecture while were at it.
Wisteria Season is usually from end of April to mid-May but it’s blooming peak is quite hard to predict. It’s temperamental. Last year (2016), the reviews said that the peak was around first week of May but this year, we visited at the start of the second week and it’s on it’s most beautiful form.
We booked our flights on the third week of April since we’re really aiming for the perfect time to see it. I’ve checked reviews on tripadvisor many times and Kawachi Fuji-en geo tag on instagram. We’ve discovered that THIS YEAR, the peak time started late, May 5th to be exact. So everyone who visited earlier, didn’t really see the full bloom.
You have to reserve tickets beforehand and since Wisteria Season overlaps Golden Week (a week long holiday in Japan), it could be hard to avail tickets. We booked tickets last May 1st for ¥500 but since we visited during it’s peak, we were charged additional ¥1000 at the entrance gate. We were so happy because we knew that ¥1500 fee equates to full bloom. Entrance fee can range from ¥500, ¥1000 and ¥1500 depending on the state of the flowers.
There are lots of bees in the garden. You have to be careful. So far there are no incidents that they sting though.
We got timed tickets from 8:00 am to 10:00 am but the free shuttle buses from Yahata Station starts from 9:00 am so we took a taxi instead. We really wanted to go early so there would be less people. Even though we visited on a Monday right after Golden Week, the place still got crowded at around 11:00 am. We left the area at 11:30 am using the free shuttle to Yahata Station.
For this who wanted to book tickets from abroad, you can reserve tickets ONLY (so far) thru Japanican website. We booked our tickets at the convenience store since we live here.
Please check the weather forecast, it was sunny when we went there (FORTUNATELY) but rained all day the next day. Since this is an outdoor activity and there are areas in the garden that you need to go uphill and downhill, it’s best to visit when it’s not raining of course.
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