The Japanese Bunkyo Azalea Festival is totally an amazing experience. It is One of best flower festivals in spring in Tokyo!
Bunkyo Azales Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) takes place at Nezu Shrine, Tokyo. So, there you can enjoy colourful, well trimmed flowers with magnificent vermilion torii gates! As a matter of fact, Bunkyo Azalea Festival (Bunkyo Tsutsuji Maturi) is an annual flower festival.
In fact, this is one of the 5 flower festivals held in Bunkyo Ward through the year. These festivals are:
1/ Bunkyo Cherry Blossom Festival – March-April
2/ Bunkyo Azalea Festival – April-May
3/ Bunkyo Hydragea Festival – June
4/ Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festival – November
5/ Bunkyo Plum Festival – February
So, the Azalea Festival kicks starts shortly after the cherry blossom season ends in early April.
Nezu Shrine is one of the oldest shrine in Tokyo. It is more than 900 years old. The festival takes place on the site of the shrine, on the 6600 square metres Azalea Garden. The garden is famous for its beautiful pond and Senbon Torii (tunnel of lined-up torii gates).
This flower show features over 100 kinds of 3,000 azalea plants. All of them are well trimmed in shapes and blooming in different colours. During the festival, there are small stalls serving food and drinks. And a small market selling pot plants and other items. It really depends on the weather every year but usually the best time to see Azalea flowers is from mid to end April.
Access to the festival: 5 mins walk from Nezu station or Sendagi station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line). Or 5 mins walk from Todaimae station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku line). Working hours: 9:00～17:30, Fee: 200 yen
So, welcome to the Bunkyo Azalea Festival.
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