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Fukuoka Wisteria Guide 2019

After the cherry blossom season ends, another tree comes into bloom in Fukuoka and across Kyushu. Wisteria have been adored by the Japanese since the Nara period (710 to 794 AD); they even appear in Manyoshu (the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, compiled during the 8th century). They can grow in harsh conditions, and some species boast edible flowers and roots and bark with medicinal qualities. Wisteria are at their best from the end of April to early May, and they’re loved for their sweet fragrance and vibrant colors. In Fukuoka, we’re lucky enough to have many glorious wisteria-viewing spots, including some which have been designated natural monuments of Japan, such as Nakayama no Ofuji in Yanagawa and Kurogi no Ofuji in Yame. Here we present twelve great wisteria spots in Fukuoka Prefecture for you to explore – so grab your camera and head out to experience the vibrant purple, white and pink curtains of wisteria.

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*The places listed below are arranged in alphabetical order.

Buzoji Temple

See wisteria and one of Kyushu’s oldest temples together! The plants here are approximately 1,300 years old, and the flowers stretch down as far as one meter. The Futsukaichi Onsen Wisteria Festival is held on the day that the wisteria are considered to be at peak bloom – this year, that will be Apr. 29 (the beginning of Golden Week).

• Season: Mid-April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. 1,300 years
• Scale: Approx. 500 m2
• Futsukaichi Onsen Wisteria Festival: 4/29 (Mon., hol.)
621 Musashi, Chikushino City, Fukuoka
• Access: 30 min. walk from JR Futsukaichi Sta., 10 min. walk from Nishitetsu bus stop “Futsukaichi Onsen”
• Parking: Free (10 spaces)
092-922-2670 (Buzoji Temple)

Hassho Shrine

This shrine is filled with wisteria, some of which are a few hundred years old. The shrine’s location within 65,000 m2 of virgin forest gives it a peaceful air, and it has been designated as a natural monument by the prefecture. Turn right once you’ve passed through the torii gate, and you’ll be greeted by swathes of wisteria.

• Season: late April ~ early May
• Age: approx. 60 years (planted in 1959)
• Scale: approx. 1,000 m2
3186 Yoshidome, Munakata City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. walk from Nishitetsu bus stop “Yoshidome”
• Parking: Free (approx. 100 spaces)
0940-33-4467 (Hassho Shrine)

Jozenji Temple (Kojo no Fuji)

Locals and tourists alike make the journey to see Jozenji Temple’s wisteria, which are designated natural monuments of Fukuoka Prefecture. The flowers of these 500-year-old plants cascade down as far as 1.5 m. These wisteria are called Kojo no Fuji and the plant has become the symbol of Fukutsu. A festival is held every year around Golden Week, which is when the wisteria are in full bloom (the event will fall on Apr. 29); around 50 Zen priests gather for a shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performance and to pray for a prolonged life.

• Season: late April ~ early May
• Age: Approx. 500 years
• Scale: Approx. 800 m2
• Jozenji Temple Wisteria Festival: 4/29 (Mon., hol.)
Jozenji Temple, 3624 Benjo, Fukuchi-machi, Tagawa, Fukuoka
• Access: Approx. 30 min. by car from Kyushu Expressway Yahata IC
• Parking: Free (two parking lots with a total 50 spaces)
0947-22-0637 (Jozenji Temple)

Kamikusuda Tenmangu Shrine

Every year, the flowers at this shrine amaze visitors with their delightful fragrance and beautiful colors. The fujidana (wisteria shelf) stretches 21.3 m by 7.5 m. Depending on the year, the purple and white flowers of these 100-year-old plants drape down as far as a meter!

Photo: みやま市

• Season: Mid-April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. 300 years
• Scale: Approx. 150 m2
Kamikusuda Tenmangu Shrine, Kamikusuda, Takata-machi, Miyama, Fukuoka
• Access: Approx. 7 min. by car from JR Wataze Sta.
• Parking: Not available
0944-64-1523 (Miyama City Commerce and Tourism Division)

Kamitakaba no Ofuji (Fuji no Sato Park)

Locals and visitors from out of town make the journey to this wisteria-viewing spot, located on the grounds of a shrine. The wisteria here are at their best in late April, so on Apr. 21 there will be a festival to celebrate the full bloom, including dance and stage performances by locals and various booths.

• Season: Late April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. over 100 years
• Scale: Approx. 420 m2
• Wisteria Festival: 4/21 (Sun.)
1793-1 Kamitakaba, Chikuzen-machi, Asakura, Fukuoka
• Access: 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu bus stop “Kurita”
• Parking: Free (approx. 10 spaces, during festival period: approx. 100 spaces)
0946-42-6601 (Chikuzen Town Hall)

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

This privately-operated garden boasts a 3,000 m2 wide and 200 m long dome-shaped tunnel with 22 different varieties of wisteria, making it one of the leading wisteria gardens in Japan. It’s also well-known overseas since CNN included it in their list of “Japan’s 36 Most Beautiful Places”. The lovely gradation of the flowers hanging from the tunnel will make visitors feel as if they’ve stepped right into a painting. Entrance fees vary with the stage of bloom and entrance throughout Golden Week (4/20 ~ 5/6) requires advanced tickets.

Photo: inazakira

• Season: Late April ~ beginning of May
• Hours: 8:00~18:00
• Fee: At the start and end of blooming period ¥500, middle of blooming period ¥1,000, full bloom period ¥1,500, free for HS and under (available only at 7-Eleven and Family Mart)
• Age: Approx. 100 years
• Scale: Approx. 3,000 m2
2-2-48 Kawachi, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: Free shuttle bus available from JR Yahata Sta. (check the website for schedule). By car: get off the Sanji ramp or Otani ramp from Kitakyushu Expressway Route No. 4. 20 min. drive from there.
• Parking: Free (approx. 200 spaces)

Kisshoji Temple

Around late April, the grounds of this famous wisteria-viewing spot turn purple with blooming flowers, and you can walk beneath a canopy of purple and white wisteria! Go during the wisteria festival (Apr. 27 ~ Apr. 29) to peruse stalls alongside locals and visitors from out of town.

• Season: Mid-April ~ Late April
• Age: Approx. over 160 years
• Scale: Approx. 1,000 m2
• Kisshoji Temple Wisteria Festival: 4/27 (Sat.) ~ 4/29 (Mon., hol.)
13-11 Kisshoji-machi, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: Approx. 7 min. walk from Nishitetsu bus stop “Meiji-machi Danchi”
• Parking: ¥500/vehicle (60 spaces), free at Katsuki Chuo Park (festival period only)
093-617-0237 (Kisshoji Temple)

Kurogi no Ofuji

Kurogi in Yame is known for its thousands of beautiful wisteria, which create gorgeous purple curtains of flowers. These plants have been designated a natural monument of Japan. Yame Kurogi Wisteria Festival 2019 will be held from Apr. 16 to May 6. This wisteria spot is located by Japan National Route 442, inside Susano Shrine.

• Season: Mid-April ~ late April
• Age: 620 years
• Scale: Approx. 3,000 m2
• Yame Kurogi Wisteria Festival 2019: Apr. 16 (Tue.) ~ May 6 (Mon., hol.)
5-2 Kurogi-machi Kurogi, Yame City, Fukuoka
• Access: 30 min. by car from Kyushu Expressway Yame IC
• Parking: ¥400 (approx. 250 spaces)
0943-42-9190 (Kurogi Tourism Association)

Maizuru Park Wisteria Garden

Enjoy wisteria in the heart of the city! 10 of the 30 wisteria plants here are over 100 years old and were moved here from Higashi Koen (Hakata-ku). Under the care of expert gardeners, the wisteria plants are now in better condition than ever. From Apr. 20 to 29, the Fukuoka Castle Fuji Festival will be held at the Fukuoka Castle Fuji Rest Area, where you can join tours around the castle grounds, koto performances and pop-up cafes on Apr. 20 and 21.

• Season: Mid-April ~ early May
• Age: Approx. (10 out of 30 are over 100 years)
• Scale: Approx. 1,300 m2
• Fukuoka Castle Wisteria Festival: 4/20 (Sat.) ~ 4/29 (Mon., hol.)
1-4 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 8 min. walk from Ohorikoen Subway Sta.
• Parking: ¥150/hour (two parking lots with approx. 67 spaces and approx. 72 spaces respectively)
092-781-2153 (Maizuru Park Management Office)

Nakayama no Ofuji

Designated a natural monument of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumano Shrine’s 300-year-old trees drape wisteria across 1,700 ㎡ of trellises. These wisteria are at their peak from mid-April to late April, and to celebrate, the Nakayama Wisteria Festival is held from Apr. 15 (Mon.) to 28 (Sun.). By day, take in the sight and aroma of the cascading purple flowers (stretching down over a meter) and browse stalls selling local goods, then enjoy a different view during the nighttime light-up (until 22:00).

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• Season: Mid-April ~ late April
• Age: Approx. 300 years
• Scale: Approx. 1,700 m2
• Nakayama Ofuji Festival: 4/15 (Mon.) ~ 4/28 (Sun.)
Tachibana Ikoi no Mori Park, 547-1 Mitsuhashi-machi Nakayama, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
• Access: Approx. 10 min. by car from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta.
• Parking: Free (approx. 50 spaces, during festival period: approx. 800 spaces)
0944-73-8111 (Yanagawa City Tourist Association)

Onakatomi Shrine

The purple curtains of wisteria which cover 200 m2 of the Onakatomi Jinja Shrine’s grounds are known as Shogun Fuji. From late April to early May (4/14 to 5/5 in 2018), many visit the shrine’s Shogun Wisteria Festival. It might also interest visitors to know that although there are 34 shrines in Ogori City, this is the only one with a tower gate.

• Season: Late April ~ beginning of May
• Age: Couple hundred years
• Scale: Approx. 200 m2
• Shogun Wisteria Festival: 4/14 (Sun.) ~ 5/5 (Sun., hol.)
555-1 Higashi-uchihatake, Fukudo, Ogori City, Fukuoka
• Access: 5 min. walk from Nishitetsu Hatama Sta.
• Parking: Not available

Umi Hachimangu Shrine

The approach to this shrine is lined with wisteria from mid-April to early May. Enjoy viewing wisteria against a backdrop of rich nature! The best day for wisteria viewing is predicted to be Apr. 29 – the start of Golden Week!

Photo: 糸島市

• Season: late April ~ beginning of May
• Age: Approx. 260 years
• Scale: Approx. 200 m2
787 Kawatsuki, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• Access: 20 min. by bus from Chikuzen-Maebaru Sta. (JR Higo Line)
• Parking: Free (approx. 40 spaces)
092-323-0734 (Umi Hachimangu Shrine)

Originally written in March 2016, updated March 2019.
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Published: Mar 27, 2019 / Last Updated: Apr 9, 2019