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Nezu Station (Chiyoda Line) platform. Just follow the sign to get out the correct exit. 根津駅
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On the street, just follow the signs to Nezu Shrine. Only a few minutes walk.
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社
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The Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival is held from April to early May at Nezu Shrine which has a slope filled with 50 varieties of azaleas.
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Azalea Garden and Nezu Shrine gate 楼門(国指定重文)
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The azaleas usually reach full bloom in late April, but there are flowers which bloom later or earlier so there's always something in bloom during the festival period.
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This bridge was recently rebuilt.
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The large slope of azalea bushes have walking paths where you can see and photograph the flowers up close.
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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo
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Some bushes are in full bloom, while others are still too early.
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Entry to the azalea garden. 200 yen admission (actually a donation). Open 9am to 5 pm.
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Walking path among the azaleas.
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Shrine gate and azaleas.
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This variety of azaleas are the most common in Japan.
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Many exotic varieties of azaleas.
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Mixed colors
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Dainty ones
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Flower crush
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Great view for lunch.
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Guess who was there too? Nobuyoshi Araki, Japan's most famous photographer shooting the azaleas at Nezu Shrine, Tokyo. That's a Canon EOS 7 film camera.
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Top of the slope.
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Quite spectacular from the top. Nezu Shrine.
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Azaleas and torii gates, Nezu Shrine
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Buds to bloom
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White and pink mixed together.
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This little hill was spectacular.
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All these reds and pinks drove my eyes crazy.
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They cannot bloom any better than this.
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The White One
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Azaleas and torii gates
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Azaleas and torii gates
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This was a weekday so it is less crowded than the weekend.
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How do they mix these flower colors?
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More flower blobs...
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Azalea Ball
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Can you believe yellow azaleas??
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Great relief for the eyes after seeing so much red and pink. Yellow azaleas.
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Splotch of pink on white
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Wish they also wrote the name in English... ハナグルマ
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Torii gates and azaleas
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Torii gates and azaleas
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Nezu Shrine bridge (built in 2006 神橋) and gate, Important Cultural Property 楼門(国指定重文)
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Nezu Shrine gate, Important Cultural Property 楼門(国指定重文)
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Nezu Shrine
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Nezu Shrine Kaguraden
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Nezu Shrine Karamon Gate, Important Cultural Property. Nezu Shrine is dedicated to Susano-o-no-Mikoto, younger brother of Sun Goddess Amaterasu. 唐門
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Nezu Shrine Karamon Gate, Important Cultural Property 唐門
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Nezu Shrine Haiden Hall, Important Cultural Property 拝殿
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Ema votive tablets
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Torii gates (all donated by people)
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Torii gates
 
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