The Ueno Toshogu Shrine is famous both for its gorgeous architecture and its flower garden, the Botan-en. This garden is all about one flower, peonies (botan in Japanese). And now the spring peonies have begun to open their beautiful big flowers.
Spring Peonies at the Ueno Toshogu Shrine Peony Garden (Botan-en)
40th spring peony festival
Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Garden open from 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee: 700 yen for the garden, 1100 yen for the garden and the shrine
Ueno Toshogu Shrine is famous for its highly decorated buildings built in a traditional Japanese architectural style that is very different from other shrines in the city. This is an original Edo Period (1603-1867) building from the 17th century that has survived wars, fires, and earthquakes. Take a look at its gold leaf decorations and carvings.
Many people come here to make a wish for success and good luck. During the time that the shrine opens its garden for the spring peonies, the shrine also offers related special items. You can get a special happiness omamori, a lucky charm. To mark your visit, you can use a goshuincho, a book that commemorates your visits to shrines and temples. Ueno Toshogu Shrine is offering a limited version with a peony design. Hand over your goshuincho at the places you visit. Shrines and places then put their stamps, their name, and the date of your visit in beautiful calligraphy. Ueno Toshogu Shrine now uses a special stamp for the peony season.
The Ueno Toshogu Shrine is located in Ueno Park, a place usually associated with Japanese cherry blossoms. But the cherry blossoms are not the only spring flowers in Japan. Now that the cherry blossom time has come to an end, many other flowers can be seen in Tokyo. Keep your eyes open when you walk towards the shrine. Many areas that usually look just like green hedges area actually azalea bushes. They are now opening their blooms in bright white, pink, and red.