Wisteria

Summary

Wisteria Flower Season Toba Layer

Wisteria, or fuji in Japanese, is a popular staple in Kyoto gardens.  These climbing vines are carefully cultivated to grow on trellises, and sometimes even formed into long "tunnels" that would make for perhaps the most beautiful walk of your life!  Most commonly seen in purple but also found in white, pink, and violet shades, the hanging bunches of flowers sway and dance in the gentle spring breeze and create a fragrant space to take a seat in the shade. 

You may be surprised that one of the most popular places to view wisteria in Kyoto is the Toba Water Treatment Plant, which is specially opened to the public in the spring season for people to enjoy its 120 meter long wisteria trellis.  Among the temples and shrines that have wisterias, the most famous is undoubtedly Byōdō-in, a temple in Uji with a garden designed in the image of the Buddhist Pure Land: it boasts multiple wisteria trellises that can be enjoyed with the gorgeous temple in the background.  Saiin Kasuga Jinja in central Kyoto, a branch shrine of the head Kasuga Shrine in Nara, is also well-known for wisteria photography.  Sentō Gosho on the Imperial Palace grounds has a scenic wisteria-roofed bridge. 

Despite the smaller number of trellises, wisteria can also be enjoyed as part of the spring flora at Jōnangū, Ryōan-ji, Bishamon-dō, and Kajū-ji, among others.