Most viewed - Tsutsujigaoka Park つつじが岡公園
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Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line (connects to Hanzomon subway line in Tokyo), east side. Takes almost 90 min. from central Tokyo by regular train. Costs only about 1100 yen.162 views
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.103 views
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Koinobori and azaleas in Tatebayashi, Gunma.96 views
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Manhole with tanuki design in Tatebayashi, Gunma.94 views
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I was going to overdose on azalea. Had never seen so much azalea in my life. Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.94 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi91 views
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Tanuki in Tatebayashi, Gunma.89 views
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A few azalea bushes had passed their peak.89 views
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Tanuki and azalea, a good match? I prefer women and flowers. Tsutsujigaoka86 views
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View from Fureai Bridge in Tatebayashi.83 views
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Sights in Jonuma area, dominated by Lake Jonuma.65 views
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Map of Tsutsujigaoka, a National Scenic Site. It's a low, flat hill full of azalea bushes. There is a maze of foot paths going through the azalea. 名勝64 views
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Even the edges are incredibly colorful. This edge had group photo stands.64 views
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.62 views
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Tanuki raccoon dogs in front of Tatebayashi Station.62 views
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.62 views
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.61 views
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Along Tsuruudagawa River were koinobori carp streamers flanked by cherry trees and azaleas.59 views
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Obiki ferry dock is on the left above the bridge on this map.59 views
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Mind-blowing just to see so many azalea along the edges. But much, much more was waiting on this hill.59 views
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Tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.58 views
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Lake Jonuma58 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a 15-20-min. walk from Tatebayashi Station.58 views
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Wisteria58 views
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About Bunbuku Chagma folktale, explaining why all the tanuki in Tatebayashi. Click here for the story.57 views
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Azaleas continue to lead the way to the park.57 views
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Street corner with another tanuki. These tanuki are made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.57 views
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The length of most of the koinobori is shorter than usual. Unlike the giant ones at Kannamachi also in Gunma.57 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a lakeside park featuring this low hill almost 200 meters long and 80 meters wide.57 views
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Tanuki sighting near Lake Jonuma57 views
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.56 views
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City mascot "Pon-chan" goods sold at tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station. "Pon" refers to the character's pot belly.56 views
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In April and May, thousands of flying carp streamers grace the Tsuruudogawa River connected to Lake Jonuma.56 views
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Way to Obiki ferry boat56 views
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Rest house on Tsutsujigaoka.56 views
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My friend in Tatebayashi tells me, "The legend of the azalea park is that the lord of Tatebayashi, Sakakibara Yasumasa, had a mistress named Otsuji.56 viewsThe wife was jealous of her and gave her such a hard time that Otsuji threw herself into Lake Jonuma and died. Since her name sounded like tsutsuji, the lord planted the garden to console her soul."
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Tatebayashi Station platform56 views
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Koinobori at a lakeside house.55 views
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Approaching Tsutsujigaoka Park55 views
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Shopping street for tourists next to Tsutsujigaoka.55 views
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Poplar tree and azalea55 views
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Now this is an entrance to Tsutsuji-en, a long, slim azalea garden. I walked through this on the way back.55 views
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"Pon-chan" goods sold at tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.54 views
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I visited Tatabayashi again in early May 2014 to see the azaleas at Tsutsujigaoka Park. 54 views
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It's a pleasant walk with azalea decorating the sidewalk.54 views
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There were these flower racks too.54 views
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Entrance to Tatebayashi City Hall is also decorated with azaleas.54 views
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The koinobori are strung from late March to mid-May. Especially spectacular when the cherries are in bloom during late March to mid-April.54 views
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View from Fureai Bridge. These carp were once registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the most koinobori (over 6,000).54 views
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Obiki ferry takes only several minutes to reach Tsutsujigaoka Park. Fare was cheap, includes admission to the park. It's also possible to walk to the park.54 views
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Boat ride was pleasant enough.54 views
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Tourist information office54 views
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The hill also has a few azalea tunnels.54 views
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The occasional white azalea give your eyes a break from all the bright colors.54 views
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Edge of Tsutsuji-en Garden.54 views
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Relaxing ride, only me and a mother and child.53 views
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Boat dock for Tsutsujigaoka Park. Other boats offered cruises.53 views
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