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The wisteria blossoms are at their peak right now in Kawachi Fuji Gardens. For those who journey to Kitakyushu, Japan, the reward is walking under an enormous canopy of purple, pink, and white wisteria flowers. The wisteria blooms often overlap with Golden Week—the span from April 29 to May 5, when four major holidays in Japan occur. The week begins with Shōwa Day, a celebration for Emperor Hirohito, and ends with Children’s Day. Many workers take the week off and travel while enjoying the spring weather. If you miss out on the wisteria hubbub, come to Kawachi Fuji Gardens in autumn, when the leaves turn and the park hosts a maple-leaf festival.