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The plum blossoms bursting at the seams at this small shrine called Omurai Katori Shrine.
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This small neighborhood shrine happens to have one of Tokyo's best plum blossom gardens. Near Omurai Station on the Tobu Kameido Line.
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There are 120 plum trees in 85 colorful varieties.
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The shrine was historically famous for plum trees where even Hiroshige created a woodblock print. However, in 1910, a great flood ruined the garden. The current garden was built in 1994. Free admission.
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Entrance to Omurai Katori Shrine.
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About Omurai Katori Shrine.
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When you enter the shrine grounds, you see impressive plum trees on both sides.
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Plum trees on left side of shrine.
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A view of Tokyo Sky Tree.
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White and pink plum blossoms on the same tree.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Omurai Katori Shrine in Sumida Ward.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Omurai Katori Shrine in Sumida Ward.
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Second torii
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Omurai Katori Shrine's main worship hall.
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View from the main worship hall.
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Right side of the shrine.
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Entrance to the plum garden on the right side of the shrine. Marvelous.
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Plum tree in fantastic shape.
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Plum tree in fantastic shape.
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A small path in the small but terrific plum garden.
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Trees are tagged with the name.
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I went crazy smelling the sweet fragrances of these different plum blossoms.
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The red ones have a thicker fragrance.
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Showering under plum blossoms.
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This plum tree was planted when Princess Aiko (daughter of Crown Prince Hiro and Masako) was born.
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About the plum blossom festival. They have koto performances, serve hot sake and matcha green tea (for a fee), and a photo shoot of local tourist ambassadors.
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