Tag Archives: Japanese garden

November 12

Where To See The Best Chrysanthemums In Tokyo

These eye-popping exhibitions will change your opinion of those humble fall flowers forever! Here’s where to see the best chrysanthemums in Tokyo: • YUSHIMA TENJIN SHRINE Admission: Free Dates: November 1-23 MAP • SHINJUKU GYOUEN GARDEN Admission: ¥200 Dates: November 1-15 MAP • KAMEIDO TENJIN SHRINE Admission: Free Dates: October 23 – November 23 MAP • MEIJI […]

September 27

Up To My Knees In A Vermilion Sea

As you may have guessed by now, in Japan no flower is safe from being planted together en masse, in order to deliver total sensory overload at the appointed moment. It’s no surprise that cherry blossoms, wisteria and azaleas all vie to attract record crowds as they burst into bloom, but who knew that lesser-known denizens have their own […]

August 19

Gorgeous Japanese Hydrangeas = Summertime!

  Remember those big white snowball-y bushes that bloomed next to Grandma’s porch all summer long? Believe it or not, those everyday flowers were where they started hybridizing to get these fancypants. Some temples in Japan have whole hillsides covered with so many varieties of hydrangea, you can’t count them. Here are a few:     • Read a novel set in Tokyo […]

June 01

Peonies As Big As Dinner Plates!

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. If you’d like to visit the Hama-Rikyu Teien garden or Nishiarai Daishi temple or […]

May 14

Yes, This Is One Wisteria Plant!

In case you need proof that “the harder a garden is to get to, the more spectacular it is,” look no further than Ashikaga Flower Park. Two solid hours from Tokyo by car (or two and a half hours hopping on and off four different trains), I didn’t believe any flowers could be worth the trip. But as you […]

April 22

Azaleas For The Win

Okay, in a cherry blossoms vs. azaleas fight to the death, where are you going to slap down your hard-earned cash? (Hint: Let me put it this way, I’ve seen Japanese azalea gardens reduce people who are never at a loss for words to just saying…wow.) Here are my favorite places to see them right now in Tokyo… • NI NO MARU, Imperial Palace […]

April 08

Cherry Blossom Roundup

  Okay, the season of all-sakura-all-the-time is officially over, and the cherryliciousness did not disappoint. From late-blooming white ones to pinker-than-pink, here are a few of this year’s faves. If you’d like to visit these gardens the next time you’re in Tokyo, there are map links to Shinjuku Gyou-en, Koraku-en, the Ni-no-maru Imperial Palace East Garden, Kiyosumi garden Rikugi-en […]