Tokyo's Bunkyo Azalea Flower Festival | Alison Fay

The Bunkyo Azalea Flower Festival, (also known as Tsutsuji Matsuri), features over 3000 flowers with over 100 different types of azalea. The festival runs from early April through to May every year. Among the 100 different types of azalea, are some rare species such as the Fuji-tsutsuji, Karafune, and Hanaguruma.  The festival takes place at Nezu Shrine, in the Bunkyo ward in Tokyo, Japan.

The 2018 festival is from April 7th through to May 4th and is open from 9:00 until 17:30 each day. There is a 200 yen entry fee to see the azalea garden, which allows you to walk past all the flowers and view them up close. There’s also a range of street food vendors, performances and a cafe that serves dumplings, amazake, and green tea. This year, the flowers reached full bloom earlier than expected which means it is best to visit the festival in mid to late April rather than May.

Nezu Shrine is one of the oldest in Tokyo. It is said to have been founded over 1900 years ago, and the azalea garden is over 300 years old.  The azalea flowers on display are pretty and have been trimmed into rounded shapes to make them even more beautiful to look at. Plus with the mix of rarer azalea makes this a must-visit for anyone who loves viewing or photographing flowers.

Below are some of my flowers from the 2018 Bunkyo Azalea Festival.

Azalea Festival

 

Azalea Festival in Tokyo

Getting to the Bunkyo Azalea Flower Festival

The festival is located at Nezu Shrine, in Nezu, Tokyo. There are two nearby stations, both around 700 meters from Nezu Shrine. The one being Nezu Station which is accessible on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. The other is the Todai-Mae station, which is accessible on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line. Make sure to check out my guide to Tokyo Discounts and Passes to help save yourself money when traveling to the festival and around Tokyo.

The garden itself is inaccessible to those using a wheelchair due to steps. While these steps are not steep, they may cause problems for those with mobility issues. There are no seats available in the garden, but there may be seating available within the temple grounds.

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Below is a map of the Nezu area, showing Nezu Shrine.

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