Saw lots of pictures about Kawachi Fujien. They were all so amazingly beautiful and I just had to get out of my way to reach this place. To get here, we were supposed to take the train to Yahata Station and take the shuttle bus up to Kawachi Fujien. What we didn't know was that the last bus going up the mountain was at 3pm. By the time we got to Yahata Station, it was already 3:30pm. On many websites, it says there is another bus, bus #56 that goes up the mountain. However, that bus seems to have stop running years ago....got tricked by info on the web. We came all the way here, there's no way we would give up! So, we took the taxi from Yahata Station to Kawachi Fujien, which cost about 3000 yen.
Finally we arrived! entrance fee for that day was 1000yen. the entrance fee varies according to how the wisterias are blooming. From the pictures online, I thought this place would be huge and that flowers would be in full bloom. However, that wasn't the case. It's quite small and you finish strolling around the place in about 15 minutes.
When I looked online, the tunnel is supposed to be filled with hanging wisteria, like the picture on the pamphlet. However, reality was that there were barely any wisteria.
There are some spots with more wisteria.
This dome would be awesome to take pictures in if only the wisteria was in full bloom.
This view was quite amazing though. Look down at the garden on the top.
So, now the problem was that the last shuttle bus going down the mountain was at 4:30pm. Which, we just missed. We saw the bus going down, leaving us behind, right in front of us....
Luckily, we met some really nice exchange students that gave us a ride down. We were absolutely grateful....because it would be a 2 hour walk down the mountain. So, although the garden didn't seem like it was worth the effort and money to go, the most valuable thing from this trip was meeting a group of new friends. So nice of them to drive a group of strangers down the mountain~
Thanks for taking us down the mountain...super touched.
The time of shuttle bus going up and down the mountain probably changes according to the season. We really should have googled before going up.
Kawachi Fujien is at point o in the list "Places Part 1" on the map below:
Day 1: Airbnb Stay > Yatai > Donkihote Nakasu shop
Day 2: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park > Animal Forest at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park > Hakata Port Tower > Tenjin > Gram Cafe and Pancakes > Canal City > Raumen Statium (Canal City) > All You Can Eat Yakiniku カルビ市場
Day 3: 唐戶市場 Karatoichiba > Mojiko > Kawachi Fujien > Kitte Mall > いちにぃさん 博多駅くうてん店 > 元祖ラーメン > ナンバーワン Ramen
Day 4: Fukuoka Castle 福岡城跡 > Maizuru Park 舞鶴公園 > 大濠公園Ohori Park > 一蘭 本社総本店 > Kawabata Shopping Arcade > Kushida Shrine > Tōchō-ji Temple > Boat Rowing at 大濠公園Ohori Park > Japanese Style Italian Food at らるきぃ > Tempura at 楽ちゃん港本店
Day 5: うどん > 博多八昌 > Fukuoka City Museum > Robot Square > Momochi Seaside Park > Fukuoka Tower > 溫野菜
Day 6: Hakata Port Tower