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Burning Azalea!! Nezu Shrine


From Spring to summer,Japan is full of beautiful flowers.
So I apologize to continue flower article.
In this article,I introduce Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan.

Nezu shrine is located next to University of Tokyo Hongo campus.
This area is so quiet atmosphere.
But in Azalea season,this area is crowded with a lot of people.

Here is Torii(gate) of Nezu shrine.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Second gate is over the little bridge.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Haiden (place for prayer) is furthermore ahead.
Visitors have to pray for god at first,I don’t have enough time,I went Azalea garden directly.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Azalea garden is left side toward second gate.
Entrance fee of Azalea garden is 200yen.
Age under six is free.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Various types of Azalea is seen here. Full blooming period differs by kind of Azalea. In this day middle period blooming Azalea was full blooming. Visitors can enjoy Azalea until beginning of May,but it is affected by climate.I recommend to go  from middle to late April.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

This area was especialy conspicuous.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

I found continuous Torii. I’ll go later.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

General view, front focus.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

General view,middle focus.
To change focus point is interesting.
I can see another world through finder.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Close up.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

General view,opposite side.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Various type.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Second gate and Azalea.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

General view, F8
I set F number 8 to take this photo.
In case I want to avoid people’s face blur, I often set F number under 8.This is easy to use for example SNS or other medias.
And my standard F number is 8 when I take photos in my hand.
Of course I change F number suit for situation.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

General view F22(pan focus).  Large F number is a little dark.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

This was first time to see this kind of Azalea.This is called Hanaguruma(means flower wheel ).Because it looks like horse or cow wheel in old Japan,so this kind is called like that.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Small,but strong red!

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Shinny!

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Sunshine makes flowers more beautiful!

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Two colors from one tree.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

This area was like burning fire!

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Ground is paved, easy to walk. But many steps. Watch your step.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

I went continuous Torii.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Where dose this gate lead??

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

At the middle of Torii,there was Otome Inari.
Otome means girl in Japanese.Behind this shrine,there are wind cave.
It was considered woman’s body as symbol of fertility.
And now,it is said that here is good for Marriage tie, many woman visit here.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Next of Otome Inari,there was a small square.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

In this square, this statue is located. Three monkeys.They are posing Don’t watch, Don’t listen, Don’t say. (This is famous at Nikko Toshogu Shrine.) Can you find it??

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

After the walking,I prayed for god.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Another entrance of Otome Inari. Maybe here is front entrance.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Many souvenir shops.

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Visitors can buy Azalea. Would you like to souvenir??

Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan
Azalea at Nezu Shrine,Bunkyo-Ku,Tokyo,Japan

Information
Azalea garden opens from 9:00AM to 5:30PM.
Only daytime. And there are so crowed.
So I think tripod is not needed.
This year(2015) from Azalea garden open was during April 11th to May 6th 2015.
This is a little change by year.

Nearest Station
Nezu Station/Sendagi Station:Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Todaimae Station:Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line

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