Festivals & Events
Believed to have been established more than 1,900 years ago by Yamato Takeru-no Mikoto, Nezu Shrine is a historic shrine which is also known for its 300-year-old beautiful azalea garden. The garden has an area of about 2,000 tsubo (about 6,600 square meters) and features approximately 3,000 azalea plants of 100 species, including rare varieties such as Fuji-tsutsuji (tiny bean-size flowers), Hanaguruma (pinwheel-like flowers), and Karafune (black azalea). Along with the flowers, visitors may enjoy a plant fair, an antique fair, many festive stalls, and a special viewing of Sanjuroku kasen-e paintings for 20 minutes each at 12:00 and 14:00. Seven structures including the main building are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.