If you are a fan of purple flowers, wisteria (フジの花) may be just the thing for you. Wisteria typically blooms in Japan in late April and early May. Because it is further south in Japan, the wisteria in Fukuoka usually blooms before the wisteria on the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.
One of the best places to see Wisteria in Fukuoka is in the central park: Ohori Park (大濠公園). Within the park is a section called the Wisteria Trellis (藤棚) that flowers each year. Every year the Japanese flock to the wisteria trellis to see these beautiful flowers.
So what are some things that you can do when you see the wisteria? Well, one typically Japanese thing to do is to take a picnic. Take a lunchbox (弁当, “bento”) and sit under the trellis, enjoying the sights and smells while you also enjoy good food. Take sushi, onigiri and other Japanese food with you. Definitely worth it! If you can’t make a bento for yourself, you can also buy them. Many food shops also sell delicious, ready-made bento boxes.
No matter where you are in Fukuoka, getting to Ohori Park is relatively easy. It has its own subway station (Ohori Park/Fukuoka Art Museum) on the Kuko (orange) line. Many buses also go to Ohori Park (e.g. 2, 3, 4, 22, 22-1, 22B, 22N, 23, 23-1, 23B, 27, 27B, 27N, 28B, 30, 31, 32, 34, 39, 39B, 71, 77, 78, 79, Express – just to name a few). Taxis are biking are also an option!
Here are some more photos of the wisteria in Fukuoka’s Ohori Park:
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