Kraunhia brachybotrys ("Okafuji") at Tanaka-jinja Shrine(Tanaka-jinja-no Okafuji)


Wisteria species related to Kumagusu Minakata

Kraunhia brachybotrys (commonly known as “okafuji” in Japan)  is a species of wisteria that grows in a forest at the Tanaka-jinja Shrine, which is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty in Japan. Every year, just before “Golden Week” (a week from late April to early May that contains a series of national holidays in Japan),  its flowers come into full bloom. It is said that the world-renowned naturalist Kumagusu Minakata invented its Japanese name “okafuji.” Although it does not bear many flowers, the plant delights visitors to the Shrine with its beautiful presence.


Kamitonda Town
Oka, Kamitonda Town
Season / Time zone
Spring(April) / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy Others
Frequency of appearance
According to seasons


25 minutes’ walk from “Inabane-oji”[稲葉根王子] stop, where the Ryujin Bus and the Meiko Bus stop

Recommended spot

Inabane-oji > Takijiri-oji