Cradled apace with a hill in plush greenery is a shrine known to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan. It’s said to have been established over 1,900 years ago by the prodigious priest, Yamato Takeru.
The shrine may be popular for its azalea festival every year from around mid-April until the beginning of May, I just couldn’t stop my itching feet to have a look at the place that first caught my eye on an NHK segment. They say one can see Nezu Shrine at the peak of its glory during that time of the year. This is probably the most crowded point, too! Still, not to avoid the crowd, but to satisfy my thirst of sightseeing, I asked my husband to go there with me last Saturday. So glad he did! Another good thing was the weather did cooperate as well. It was just a sun shiny day!
The moment Danny and I entered the area, I felt the breeze that gave me a strange but pleasurable feeling. I felt like I was arriving at a place at a different time. We were welcomed by the ornate, wooden torii pathways and exquisite structures that definitely mirror Japanese culture in all its age and elegance.
From up here, I was relishing the dazzling reflection of high trees in the pond of bright carp shifting in the water.
As we walked through the appealingly colored arches, my eyes were blinded by the green azalea bushes.
Despite the absence of the blooming colors, I was still impressed by the refreshing sight.
This part of the place reminded me of winter. Look at the bare hanging branches. Winter certainly left its trail. However, the area was still beautiful.
There was even a wedding pictorial taking place. The shrine is actually famous as a site for traditional Japanese nuptials. There was this scene, too..
I spotted these painters doing their thing. They were still inspired to paint something here after the unforgiving winter.
1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
(Use Google Maps app for the directions from your nearby station.😉)
Always free in the shrine area
〈A small entry fee might be required at the azalea gardens during the festival.〉
I’d like to recommend this Indian Nepali dining along the road to the shrine, in case you get hungry from walking. Danny and I truly enjoyed our delectable lunch here. 😉
One more thing..
My very first close sight of sakura this year..
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