Officially the “Bunkyo Azalea Festival,” this annual event takes place immediately after cherry blossom season at Nezu Shrine.
Entering the main shrine is free, but there is a ¥300 fee for entering the hillside garden filled with an explosion of neatly trimmed pink, white, red, and purple azalea bushes.
There are food and drink stalls, a market, and performances. It’s also usually extremely crowded, which will probably still be the case. Going on a weekday is recommended.
On Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m. there will be a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession.
On Sunday, April 16, 23, and 30 there will be a drum performance at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
There will be a flower market every day.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.