April 2018

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Bunkyo Azalea Festival

At Nezu Shrine in the Bunkyo Ward, one of the most famous locations in Tokyo for viewing azaleas, the “Bunkyo Azalea Festival” will be held from April 7th (Saturday) to May 6th (Sunday), 2018.

Nezu Shrine is believed to have been established more than 1,900 years ago, and has been a famous site for viewing azalea flowers for more than 300 years. The shrine’s expansive azalea garden is approximately 6,600 square meters, and 3,000 azalea plants of 100 different varieties are spread throughout the space. The flowers are in bloom from mid to late April every year. Because there are a large number of azalea varieties and each species blooms at a different time, there are some that bloom early and some that bloom late, so you can enjoy blooming azalea flowers whenever you visit the shrine during the Azalea Festival period.

(C) Nedujinja shrine

There are also a variety of outdoor stalls are set up within the shrine grounds during the festival, and in addition to the potted plant and antiques markets open every day, there are points of interest such as portable shrine and Japanese taiko drumming exhibtions on weekends and holidays. The Bunkyo Azalea Festival has a variety of features to enjoy for a wide range of age groups, so by all means stop by and check it out for yourself!

49th Bunkyo Azalea Festival

Event period April 7th (Saturday) – May 6th, 2018 (Sunday)
Event venue Nezu Shrine
Entry fee 200 yen (chaperoned children younger than elementary school age are admitted free)

*Please see the site below for details.

■Nezu Shrine “Azalea Festival” website

http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/tutuji/t.html (in Japanese only)

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