Peonies As Big As Dinner Plates!

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If you could smell these right now, you’d be in heaven. Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Tokyo

Not to be outdone by the cherry blossoms, azaleas and wisteria, the peonies of Tokyo come into their glory in May and June! First the big boys, like these at the Hama-Rikyu Garden, then the lovely fragrant ones at Nishiarai Daishi Temple.

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Blooming plants get their own parasols at Nishiaria Daishi Temple.

Blooming plants get their own parasols at Nishiarai Daishi Temple.

More Japanese flower goodness here:

Hanami Blitz: My Picks For The Best Cherry Blossoms In TokyoCherry Blossom-O-RamaOnce Again, Plum Blossoms Do Not Disappoint!Better Than Cherry Blossom SeasonEarly Spring At A Beautiful GardenAzalea ManiaSo How Come Azaleas Are Chopped Liver?

If you’d like to visit the Hama-Rikyu Teien garden or Nishiarai Daishi temple the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback!

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