Ueno Toshogu Spring Peony Festival

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上野東照宮 春のぼたん祭
上野東照宮 春のぼたん祭
上野東照宮 春のぼたん祭

Opened in 1980 to commemorate then-friendly diplomatic relations between Japan and China, the peony garden at Ueno's Toshogu Shrine is home to flowers from both of those countries, in addition to imports from the US and France, for a total of 110 varieties. This month-long spring festival is held to celebrate their bloom and is always teeming with visitors – last year's opening of a new Japanese garden on the premises has only added to its popularity.