Next to Ueno Zoo and famous museums, Winter Peony (flower) Garden is open (1st Jan – 23th Feb, in 2014).
|Peony Flowers in Winter, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan|
A lot of peonies surrounded by snow fences woven from straw (yuki-gakoi) are displayed in the quiet beautiful Japanese garden.When I visit Ueno in winter, I explore the garden and feel calm with the flowers and the atmosphere. I strongly recommend it if you come to Ueno in winter.
|The Entrance to the Garden|
The cozy entrance is in Toshogu Shrine neighbouring to Ueno Zoo. The post card set (300 yen) and posters (300 or 500 yen) are available here.
I can see that pagoda in the zoo as well.
The garden itself is based on the beautiful Japanese style. The comforting Japanese traditional music makes it even better.
There are other flowers and small nuts planted. Especially the red nuts are for good fortune for the new year.
You can take a rest on traditional red benches, often seen in old dango (rice dumplings) shops, and warm your hands on the pot with charcoal.
There are also Bonsais, small plant pots, on display. If a good idea of a haiku or tanka hits you, write it down on a tanzaku and leave it on the board.
Toshogu Shrine. If you are lucky, they sometimes hold traditional Japanese music concerts in the traditional open-air stage.
|Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan|
The exit is led to the shrine.
The main building just finished renovating in January 2014. It is GOLDEN.
Winter Peony Garden is definitely one of my best Calm Tokyo.
I’m happy if you share some good feelings with my photos.
Ueno Toshogu Winter Peony (Fuyu-Botan)
Ticket: 600 700 yen for one adult, free for under 13 year-old children
Update: The entrance fee changed in 2015, after the renovation of the garden.