Where To See The Most Gorgeous Peonies In Tokyo

If you’ve never walked among peonies that stand shoulder-high, with flowers as big as your head, get thee to these Tokyo gardens right now and prepare to be amazed!

NISHIARAI-DAISHI TEMPLE

This garden never disappoints.

This garden never disappoints.

As you can see, it's not small!

As you can see, it’s not small!

Each bush is more beautiful than the last.

Each bush is pretty much more beautiful than the last. I recommend recording yourself saying “ooo!” “and “wow!” so you don’t get worn out saying it over and over.

There are several peony gardens dotted around the temple grounds, so don't stop exploring after you see the main one!

There are several peony gardens dotted around the temple grounds, so don’t stop exploring after you see the main one!

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Bonus attraction: The Wart Shrine

Admission: Free
Hours: 6:00 – 18:00
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UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE

At this shrine near the pagoda in Ueno Park, each bush has its own umbrella to protect the fluffy goodness from the weather.

At this shrine near the pagoda in Ueno Park, each bush has its own umbrella to protect the fluffy goodness from the weather.

There are some amazing varieties here.

There are some amazing varieties here, and they have a LOT.

Check out these pointy beauties! Peonies for Goths. lol.

Check out these pointy beauties! Peonies for Goths. lol.

It's really pretty amazing. Well worth the few hundred yen it costs to get in.

It’s really pretty amazing. Well worth the few hundred yen it costs to get in.

Admission: ¥700
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
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HAMA-RIKYU GARDEN

Haha-rikyu's peony garden is always uncrowded, and laid out among orderly paths for easy picture taking

Hama-rikyu’s peony garden is always uncrowded, and the orderly paths make for easy picture taking

What better way to spend a nice spring day?

What better way to spend a nice spring day?

They have a lot of different kinds, and you can really get up close and personal because of the way they're planted.

They have a lot of different kinds, and you can really get up close and personal because of the way they’re planted.

Bonus: the rest of the garden is spacious and green, good for a long walk

Bonus: the rest of the garden is spacious, excellent for a long walk in the greenitude.

Admission: ¥300
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
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