The Numerous Peonies at Ueno Toshogu Shrine



2021.05.13 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

The Spring Peony Festival was held at the Peony Garden of Ueno Toshogu Shrine from April 10 to May 9, 2021. At this festival, you can enjoy various kinds of peonies, which are in full bloom at this time of the year.

Peonies are said to have been introduced to Japan from China in the 8th century as a medicinal plant. They have long been called the "king of flowers" because of their large blooming flowers, and have been admired by Japanese aristocrats. The Peony Garden of Ueno Toshogu Shrine was opened in April 1980 to commemorate the friendship between Japan and China. It boasts one of the most numerous varieties of peonies in the Kanto region, with 600 plants of 110 varieties in spring and 150 plants of 40 varieties in winter. The garden holds seasonal festivals in spring, autumn, and winter every year. In the spring, visitors can enjoy the Edo-style spring peonies together with Japanese paper umbrellas and lanterns; in the fall, the colorful dahlias; and in the winter, the dignified peonies protected by straw umbrellas called "wara-botchi" can be viewed while walking around the Japanese garden.

Why don't you visit the Peony Garden, a place where you can enjoy seasonal flowers in the heart of Tokyo?

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