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.149 views
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.82 views
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Koinobori and azaleas in Tatebayashi, Gunma.79 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi74 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.73 views
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Manhole with tanuki design in Tatebayashi, Gunma.72 views
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A few azalea bushes had passed their peak.72 views
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Tanuki and azalea, a good match? I prefer women and flowers. Tsutsujigaoka69 views
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Tanuki in Tatebayashi, Gunma.67 views
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View from Fureai Bridge in Tatebayashi.66 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54 views
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Even the edges are incredibly colorful. This edge had group photo stands.54 views
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Tanuki raccoon dogs in front of Tatebayashi Station.53 views
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Sights in Jonuma area, dominated by Lake Jonuma.53 views
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.53 views
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.51 views
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.50 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.50 views
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Obiki ferry dock is on the left above the bridge on this map.49 views
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Tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.48 views
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Lake Jonuma48 views
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Azaleas continue to lead the way to the park.48 views
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Street corner with another tanuki. These tanuki are made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.48 views
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Wisteria48 views
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Along Tsuruudagawa River were koinobori carp streamers flanked by cherry trees and azaleas.48 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.48 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a lakeside park featuring this low hill almost 200 meters long and 80 meters wide.48 views
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About Bunbuku Chagma folktale, explaining why all the tanuki in Tatebayashi. Click here for the story.47 views
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a 15-20-min. walk from Tatebayashi Station.47 views
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In April and May, thousands of flying carp streamers grace the Tsuruudogawa River connected to Lake Jonuma.47 views
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Way to Obiki ferry boat47 views
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Rest house on Tsutsujigaoka.47 views
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Tanuki sighting near Lake Jonuma47 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.47 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 platform47 views
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.46 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.46 views
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Approaching Tsutsujigaoka Park46 views
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Shopping street for tourists next to Tsutsujigaoka.46 views
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Poplar tree and azalea46 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.46 views
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"Pon-chan" goods sold at tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.45 views
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I visited Tatabayashi again in early May 2014 to see the azaleas at Tsutsujigaoka Park. 45 views
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It's a pleasant walk with azalea decorating the sidewalk.45 views
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There were these flower racks too.45 views
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Entrance to Tatebayashi City Hall is also decorated with azaleas.45 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.45 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).45 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.45 views
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Boat ride was pleasant enough.45 views
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Koinobori at a lakeside house.45 views
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Tourist information office45 views
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The hill also has a few azalea tunnels.45 views
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The occasional white azalea give your eyes a break from all the bright colors.45 views
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Edge of Tsutsuji-en Garden.45 views
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Relaxing ride, only me and a mother and child.44 views
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Boat dock for Tsutsujigaoka Park. Other boats offered cruises.44 views
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