Nezu Shrine – The Azalea Shrine
A beautifully verdant shrine near Ueno, famous for its Torri path and annual azalea festival. Nezu Shrine is one of Tokyo's best.
Nezu Shrine is a well-known Japanese shrine, popular for its beautiful gardens, intimate red Torri path and the thousands of azaleas that bloom here every spring. Located near Ueno Station, getting to this shrine is extremely convenient, making it the perfect choice when on the east side of the city.
Nezu Shrine Overview
Now ranked as one of the ten most beautiful shrines in Tokyo, Nezu Shrine was originally constructed slightly north of its current location, by, it is said, the notorious Prince Osu in the first century A.D. The shrine has become a verdant sanctuary, honored in many literary works (see Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki), especially for its vast garden of azaleas (6600 m2).
It’s small but striking red Torri path offers a lovely stroll through the azalea garden. Each of these gates was donated to the shrine by a company or individuals, with each bearing the mark of its benefactor.
Tsutuji Matsuri Festival
Tsutsuji Matsuri is a Festival organized each year (From early April to early May), in celebration of the blossoming of the flowers. With over 3,000 individual azaleas and over 100 different species, you won’t be disappointed. The festival is catered by a multitude of small stands selling sake and Japanese delicacies (okonomiyaki, skewers of squid or chicken, takoyaki, yakitori, octopus skewers…) so you won’t go hungry. During the festival, various events – ceremonies, concerts, flea markets – are also held for all. Statues and paintings of 36 notable poets, not usually on public display, are also unveiled at this annual event.
Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo Japon
Phone: +81 3-3822-0753
Getting to Nezu Shrine
To reach the temple, take the subway to Nezu or Sendagi Station on the Chiyoda Line.
Alternatively, take the Namboku Line to Todai-mae Station. The Shrine is a 5-minute walk from each station.
Duration Of Visit
30 minutes on average
Period of Visit
All Year. Visit in April or May for the Tsutsuji Matsuri.
The Shrine is open from 8AM – 5PM