Spring flowers at Nezu Shrine’s Azalea Festival

While Nezu Shrine is just normal shrine during most of the year, it truly becomes unique during it’s Azalea Festival. From around early April to early May, the shrine’s garden is filled with a stunning collection of super colourful plants.

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There is a long  path of ‘torii’ gates in the garden. Be sure to duck or you will hit your head!

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The gates are quite a challenge even if you are of average height.

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Once I had relaxed my neck and back a bit. I went in.

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It was full of little old Japanese grannies!

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It doesn’t take that long to see it all, so makes for a nice little trip.
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Very pretty I’m sure you’ll agree!

Nezu Shrine Travel Guide

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.