Japan’s Most Beautiful Gardens as Heralds of Spring


Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, Fukuoka

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, set in the hills to the south of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture on Kyushu island, is most famous for its two 100-meter-long tunnels of wisteria. It is growing on the two tunnels in the center of the park, and as a collection of wisteria trees grouped together to form an enormous dome. The gardens open to the public twice a year: once during the wisteria season in spring and once during the fall.


Kenrokuen Garden, Ishikawa

Kenrokuen Garden, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, is regarded as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. The garden was created over the span of several hundred years since 1676, and today is one of the best examples of a strolling-style Japanese landscape garden. Every feature of a traditional Japanese garden is present here: ponds, stone lanterns, waterfalls, stone paths, bridges, streams, tea houses and artificial hills. You can easily spend at least a few hours absorbing the peaceful surroundings, and enjoy plum and cherry blossoms in spring.


Korakuen Garden, Okayama

The garden at Korakuen is also long considered one of the top three gardens in Japan. It has been awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan and is a designated Historical and Cultural Heritage site. The park truly lives up to its revered reputation as a beautiful place to spend time year-round. A visit here will bring you a little closer to the era in which noble lords strolled through sculptured gardens with traditional teahouses and past ponds filled with Japanese carp. The plum grove of 100 trees welcomes spring with soft shades of white and pink between march and mid-April.





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