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!
This garden never disappoints.
As you can see, it’s not small!
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!
Admission: Free Hours: 6:00 – 18:00 Map
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.
There are some amazing varieties here, and they have a LOT.
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.
Admission: ¥700 Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Map
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?
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, excellent for a long walk in the greenitude.
Admission: ¥300 Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Map
“Hauntingly beautiful, an instant immersion into feudal, wartime and modern Japan.” —Melissa MacGregor, author of The Curious Steambox Affair
Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at and Only In Japan The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!