Bunkyo Azalea Festival [Cancelled]

Annual festival of azalea at Nezu Shrine

Early Apr
Early May
Venue: Nezu Shrine When: Early Apr - Early May 2021

Cancelled event

2020's event has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19

Last updated: Mar 2, 2021

During the months of April and May in Japan, you can view all kinds of blooming flowers. One of the most popular is azalea, or tsutsuji, that you can come across here and there. But, the most impressive sight of azalea is at the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo.

Nezu Jinja is a historic shrine established more than 1900 years ago. It’s famous for the 300-year-old beautiful azalea garden. The garden has an area of about 6600 square meters and features approximately 3000 azalea plants of 100 species, including rare varieties and colors. Along with the flowers, visitors may enjoy a plant fair, an antique fair, and many festive stalls.

It took me a long time to see all of the azalea bushes and to take the photos, so I didn't have enough time to visit Nezu Jinja properly. It is a very beautiful shrine that reminds of Nikko by its decoration.

The annual festival is held approximately the same time from April 8 - May 5.

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Azalea Festival, Nezu Shrine

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!

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Elena Lisina Author a year ago
Sorry, I'm not sure it's free of charge, but the ticket is not expensive, maybe about 200 or 300 yen.
Kim 2 years ago
Probably my favorite springtime flower! They're so lovely!
Elena Lisina Author 2 years ago
Thanks! Yes, azalea in Japan is wonderful! At that place the amount and variety was amazing. My favorite is fuji. :)