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Fukuoka Wisteria Guide 2022

The cherry blossom has come and gone. Now 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 mid-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.

Wisteria viewing spots in Fukuoka Prefecture

Maizuru Park (Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City)
Umi Hachimangu Shrine (Itoshima City)
Buzoji Temple (Chikushino City)
Gondo Ryokushuen Garden (Ogori City)
Kamikusuda Tenmangu Shrine (Miyama City)
Nakayama no Ofuji (Yanagawa City)
Kurogi no Ofuji (Yame City)
Jozenji Temple (Tagawa-gun)
Kamitakaba no Ofuji (Asakura-gun)
Hessho Shrine (Munakata City)
Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Kitakyushu City)
Kisshoji Temple (Kitakyushu City)

Maizuru Park Wisteria Garden (Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City)

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. On April 16 and 17, a wisteria festival will be held, with flower seedlings for sale, horseback riding, monkey shows, and free rickshaw rides.

• Season: Mid-April ~ early May
• Age: Approx. (10 out of 30 are over 100 years)
• Scale: Approx. 1,300 m2
1-4 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• Access: 8 min. walk from Ohorikoen Subway Sta.
• Parking: ¥150/hour (two parking lots with approx. 68 spaces and approx. 71 spaces respectively)
https://www.midorimachi.jp/maiduru/events/detail/687

Umi Hachimangu Shrine (Itoshima City)

The approach to this shrine is lined with wisteria from mid-April to early May. Enjoy viewing wisteria against a backdrop of rich nature!

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)

Buzoji Temple (Chikushino City)

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.

• Season: Mid-April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. 1,300 years
• Scale: Approx. 500 m2
621 Musashi, Chikushino City, Fukuoka
• Access: 15 min. walk from JR Futsukaichi Sta., 25 min. walk from Nishitetsu bus stop “Futsukaichi Onsen”
• Parking: Not available
https://bit.ly/3Ln6ELV

Gondo Ryokushuen Garden

The wisteria blooming at Onakatomi Shrine, Ogori City, a natural monument of Fukuoka Prefecture with an estimated age of 660 years, called “Shogun Fuji (wisteria),” was hit with disease last year and is under treatment, so this year we introduce Gondo Ryokushuen, which has rare double-flowering wisteria.

At Gondo Ryokushuen Garden, which sells plants, the “Yae Kokuryu,” a double-flowered variety characterized by its clusters of grape-like, bushy flowers, is in bloom. When the dense fragrance of the flowers is in full bloom, an observation deck is set up where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the wisteria flowers from above.

Wisteria - Gondo Ryokushuen Garden Ogori City Fukuoka, 福岡県小郡市の権藤緑秀園の八重藤

Wisteria - Gondo Ryokushuen Garden Ogori City Fukuoka, 福岡県小郡市の権藤緑秀園の八重藤

• Season: Mid-April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. 86 years
• Free entry
• Scale: Approx. 352 m2
656-3 Inoue, Ogori City, Fukuoka
• Access: 18 min. walk from Matsuzaki Sta., Amagi Railways.
• Parking: Free (approx 4~5 spaces)
https://kanko-ogori.net/fuji/

Kamikusuda Tenmangu Shrine (Miyama City)

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: Free (several spaces)
https://bit.ly/3LsNcNA

Nakayama no Ofuji (Yanagawa City)

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

wisteria, fukuoka, japan

• Season: Mid-April ~ late April
• Age: Approx. 300 years
• Scale: Approx. 1,700 m2
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)
https://bit.ly/3tQrjC2

Kurogi no Ofuji (Yame City)

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. This wisteria spot is located by Japan National Route 442, inside Susano Shrine.

• Season: Mid-April ~ early May
• Age: 620 years
• Scale: Approx. 3,000 m2
5-2 Kurogi-machi Kurogi, Yame City, Fukuoka
• Access: 30 min. by car from Kyushu Expressway Yame IC
• Parking: Free (250 spaces)
https://www.city.yame.fukuoka.jp/soshiki/6/k1/4/1455882142964.html

Jozenji Temple (Tagawa-gun)

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 Fukuchi. On April 29, when hopefully the flowers are in full bloom, a wisteria festival is held and a wisteria memorial service is held from 11:30 a.m. (open to the public) to pray for the prolongation of the wisteria’s life.

• Season: late April ~ early May
• Age: Approx. 500 years
• Scale: Approx. 800 m2
• Jozenji Temple Wisteria Festival: 4/29 (Thu., 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)
http://www.town.fukuchi.lg.jp/fukuchi_trip/fuji.html

Kamitakaba no Ofuji (Asakura-gun)

Locals and visitors from out of town make the journey to this wisteria-viewing spot, located on the grounds of a shrine.

• Season: Late April ~ Early May
• Age: Approx. over 100 years
• Scale: Approx. 420 m2
1793-1 Kamitakaba, Chikuzen-machi, Asakura, Fukuoka
• Access: 10 min. on foot from Nishitetsu bus stop “Kurita”
• Parking: Free (approx. 7 spaces)
https://amagiasakura.net/sightseeing_post/kamitakabanoofuji/

Hassho Shrine (Munakata City)

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)
http://www.muna-tabi.jp/k006/010/020/020/100/20150204150132.html

Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Kitakyushu City)

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 (4/23 ~ 5/5) requires advanced tickets.

Photo: inazakira

• Season: Late April ~ beginning of May
• Hours: 8:00~18:00
• Fee: ¥500~¥1,500 (fee to change depending on blooming conditions), free for up to two high school students (or younger) accompanied by one adult.
*Tickets must be purchased in advance at convenience stores from 4/23 (Sat.) to 5/5 (Thu.)
• Age: Approx. 100 years
• Scale: Approx. 3,000 m2
2-2-48 Kawachi, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: 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)
https://kawachi-fujien.com/

Kisshoji Temple (Kitakyushu City)

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!

• Season: Mid-April ~ Late April
• Age: Approx. over 160 years
• Scale: Approx. 1,000 m2
13-11 Kisshoji-machi, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
• Access: Approx. 7 min. walk from Nishitetsu bus stop “Meiji-machi Danchi”
• Parking: Available (Katsuki Chuo Park)
https://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/yahatanishi/file_0122.html

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Originally written in March 2016, updated April 2022.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in March 2016.

Category
Seasonal Guide
Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: Apr 8, 2022 / Last Updated: Apr 8, 2022

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