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Historic Flower Festivals in Tokyo

Spring (April-June)

In Tokyo, temples and shrines are not only places of worship but also places to view seasonal flowers. There are historical temples and shrines famous for flower viewing, which have been popular for over a hundred years, and still attract Tokyoites to this day.

Peony flowers at Nishiarai-daishi temple

Peony Festival (Botan Matsuri) at Nishiarai Daishi Temple
Around mid-April - May

Nishiarai Daishi Temple (西新井大師) has 2 gardens of peony flowers, attracting visitors since its open in 1804. Although Nishiarai Daishi is located outside of central Tokyo, where international tourists rarely visit, the temple is very familiar among people living in northern Tokyo. Admission is free.

Getting there
20-min walk from Nishiarai station on the Tobu Railway Line.
3-min walk from Daishimae station on the Daishi-sen line.
* One stop from Nishiarai to Daishimae sta. (It is a bit complicated)
For people familiar with Toei bus system, it is easier to get there by Toei bus. (From Ikebukuro or Ouji station)

Google Maps - Nishiarai Daishi

Wisteria Festival (Fuji Matsuri) at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Season: Late April - Early May

Over hundreds of years, Kameido Tenjin (亀戸天神) is known for beautiful Wisteria (Fuji) flowers covering the grounds of the shrine. During the festival, a hundred food stalls will be lined there. Admission is free.

Getting there
15 min. walk from JR Kameido station. (North Exit)
Google Maps - Kameido Tenjin

Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) at Nezu Shrine

Season: Mid. April - Mid. May

http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/ (Japanese site)
Nezu Shrine (根津神社) is a historical shrine situated in Nezu, near Yanaka and Ueno. From the middle of April to the beginning of May, the Azalea Festival is held in the shrine ground, where people enjoy viewing the flower and food served at stalls. The entrance is free. Admission is 200 JPY for the garden area.

Getting there
5 min. walk from Nezu station on the Chiyoda Subway Line
5 min. walk from Todaimae station on the Oedo Subway Line
Approx. 10 min. walk from Hakusan station on Mita Subway Line
Google Maps - Nezu Shrine

Japanese Irises Festival (Shoubu Matsuri)at Horikiri Shoubuen

Season: Early June - Mid. June

From early-June to mid-June
Horikiri Shoubuen (堀切菖蒲園) is a public garden having a history of hundred years, has depicted in Ukiyoe woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige or Suzuki Harunobu. Admission is free.

Getting there
Approx. 15 min. walk from Horikiri-shoubuen station on the Keisei Line
Google Maps - Horikiri Shoubuen