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.

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

And just for fun, here are the eleven strangest shrines in Tokyo, with all the inside scoop on the resident gods’ superpowers. One of them is at Nishiarai Daishi temple!

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