Take a Walk Through a Wisteria Tunnel (and Stop Rude Public Manners!)

12 May

Kawachi Fuji Gardens is located about 2 km from the City of Kitakyushu in Japan.  It is a private garden that opened in April 1977, where you will find a large wisteria trellis that is 1000 meters long.  From the end of April to mid-May, flowers of various wisteria bloom in turn to overwhelm the viewer.  This is a garden for people in the know, as it is not advertised. The owner strictly controls the wisteria garden as he “is not willing to attract ill-mannered people or damage from the Fujinoki tourists”.  Noisy activities such as karaoke are prohibited, as are pets.  The Garden is also known for its autumn leaf display with over 700 maple trees nearly 30 years old and 18 maple trees 70 to 80 years old.

Fiji Tunnel

Large wisteria tree on a very large trellis.

White Wisteria

Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisteria Dome

On the website for the City of Kitakyushu in Japan, you will find this interesting stance under “Information for Residents & Foreigners“:

In the City of Kitakyushu, there is a law against doing rude manners in public, such as smoking on the street, littering (throwing trash on the street), and not picking up your pet’s poop.

This Kitakyushu ordinance will be especially enforced in the midtown district in Kokura Ward and the subcenter in Kurosaki Ward. The City’s warden (patrol teams) are collecting 1,000 yen fines on the spot for the following rude public manners; smoking on the street, littering (throwing trash on the street), not picking up your pet’s poop, and graffiti.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to make Kitakyushu a pleasant and beautiful city to live in.

I think every city in the United States should adopt this policy.  Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had manners as lovely as the Kawachi Fuji Garden of wisteria?  The Garden also has a natural hot springs; I can just imagine what would be considered “bad manners” while relaxing in the hot water!


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