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Dahlia Bonanza At The Toshogu Shrine

Every fall, this exquisitely curated exhibition happens at the Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park, at the same place that hosts the eye-popping peony specimens in May.

This “garden” only exists for a few weeks every year, when the patiently nurtured dahlias are coaxed into bloom by their owners and brought to the shrine
Each plant has its own parasol
…to keep the blossoms fresh for as long as possible
So many kinds I’ve never seen before!
Some are frothy hybrids
…and others are brilliantly simple
Even the parasols get into the act, with patterns and colors that complement the flowers
This was the best ¥500 I’ve spent in a long time!

If you haven’t got your dahlia fix quite yet, check out these beauties from when I went to the same exhibit two years ago: In The Japanese Dahlia Garden

The Dahlia Garden is at the Ueno Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park

Open: Every day, from September 28 – October 27 (2019)

Hours: 9:30 – 16:30

Admission: ¥500


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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!

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