Graham goes to Japan!
KYUSHU WISTERIA TUNNELS
For five days in May, millions of people visit the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu to walk under exquisite arches stretching hundreds of metres and planted with 20 different varieties of wisteria, from the palest lilac, white and pink to the deepest purple. The flowers hang down 4080cm, allowing you to enjoy their intense fragrance. Located on the island of Kyushu, the cascading, pastel-coloured passageways have been voted by CNN as the most romantic tourist spot in the world.
SECRET VALLEY AZALEA FESTIVAL Forty minutes north-west of Tokyo lies a Buddhist temple in a secret valley planted with 17,000 azalea shrubs, perfectly clipped into balls of colour. Visitors can walk the luminous maze of azaleas to the giant statue of Buddha on the hill for an incredible bird’s-eye view down the valley. The garden embraces the ancient 1300-yearold Shiofune Kannon Temple.
Wander the incredible Azalea Festival
Walk under romantic wisteria tunnels