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Peony Paradise: A Pinnacle of Pristine Petals at Ueno Toshogu

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2024.01.18 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of the Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden, where nature's charm comes alive amidst the historic grounds of the Ueno Toshogu Shrine. Stroll through the lush greenery in an Edo-style setting in the heart of Tokyo and experience the vibrant hues of 160 winter peonies, showcasing 40 different varieties.

This botanical oasis is a symbol of friendship between Japan and China, and this peony garden is located in the tranquil grounds of Ueno Toshogu Shrine. Established in April 1980, the Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden invites visitors to experience the splendor of nature's winter charm. Read on to enter the enchanting world of winter peonies and other botanical wonders that grace this historic site.

Embracing the spirit of the season, the garden features 160 winter peony plants, representing 40 unique varieties. Winter Peonies, a celebration of this floral spectacle, invites guests to bask in the Edo-style ambiance while enjoying the vibrant colors of these exquisite blooms. In addition to the peonies, the garden features a captivating display of Japanese allspice, pheasant's eye, and Japanese apricot, creating a picturesque Japanese landscape.

While exploring the Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden, visitors have the opportunity to visit the nearby Toshogu Shrine. This historic shrine pays homage to Prince Ieyasu Tokugawa, and during the winter months, the vibrant peony blossoms add a refreshing allure to the crisp, clear air.

At the heart of the winter spectacle is in the cultivation of "cold peonies," which bloom in early winter. These delicate flowers are carefully nurtured using specialized techniques to ensure that they flourish during the season when flowers are scarce. The garden proudly boasts 160 winter peonies, representing 40 different varieties, making it one of the largest collections in the Kanto region.

Explore the winter wonderland of the Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden from January 1 to February 25, 2024, with operating hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is 1,000 yen for adults, with discounts available for groups and free admission for elementary school students and younger. Discover the beauty of winter peonies and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Japanese flora at this exquisite botanical retreat.

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