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39th Ueno Toshogu Winter Botan

Winter peony and cold peony that survive the cold with "straw bocchi". More than 150 stocks of about 40 varieties, one of the largest in the Kanto region, are always on display.

At Ueno Toshogu Shrine (in Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo), which was built as a shrine dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa, about 150 peony stocks are always available from January 1st (Friday) to February 23rd (Tuesday / holiday), 2021. Will open "Ueno Toshogu Fuyubotan", which adds color to authentic Edo architecture such as the shrine and the five-storied pagoda.

* As an initiative to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection, we are taking measures such as regular disinfection inside the garden, elimination of cash transfer, and employee health management. We ask the visitors to disinfect their hands and wear masks so that they can enjoy the garden with peace of mind.

■ Kanto's largest, always exhibiting more than 150 stocks of about 40 varieties
During the opening period, popular varieties such as "Yachiyo Tsubaki", "Shimanishiki", and "Yellow Crown" suppress flowering in cold regions in spring and summer, and control the temperature in autumn to make them bloom in winter. We will exhibit more than 150 strains of about 40 varieties, including cold peony, which is extremely difficult to bloom with a flowering rate of 20% or less, such as "cold" and "shooting star".
The area around the entrance is regularly decorated to imitate the Japanese atmosphere, and you can enjoy different tastes depending on the time of visit.

Winter peony, Yachiyo camellia

Winter peony, island brocade

Cold peony, Togawa cold

■ Wrapped in "straw box" to survive the cold
In order to protect from the harsh environment of winter, the winter peony in the open garden is wrapped in "straw bocchi".
"Straw bocchi" has various shapes and tying methods depending on the area, but since the opening of the garden, we have been entertaining the eyes of the viewer with a male knot using a rough rope and a decorative knot that imitates flowers such as plum blossoms.

Man knot using rough rope

Decorative knot that imitates a flower

■ Enjoy with full-scale Edo architecture such as "Old Kaneiji Five-storied Pagoda"
From the garden, you can see the five-storied pagoda of the former Kanei-ji Temple and the stone lanterns lined up along the approach to Toshogu, and you can see the peony in a unique Edo atmosphere along with the Japanese garden of the dry landscape garden.
Also, if it snows, it will have a special taste, and the appearance of the peony standing in the snow that is steadily falling will attract the eyes of the viewer.

Snow scene

■ You can enjoy different flowers and trees depending on the season, such as Japanese allspice, Japanese adonis, and Amur adonis.

From late January, Japanese allspice and early-blooming plum blossoms, and from mid-February, various flowers and trees such as Amur adonis and Witch hazel are in full bloom and add brilliance.

Japanese allspice

Amur adonis

■ Spot sale of peony seedlings
Spring-blooming peony seedlings will be on sale for a limited period of 4 days, 1/16 (Sat), 1/17 (Sun), 2/13 (Sat), and 2/14 (Sun).
Number of shares sold: 100 shares in total in 4 days
Number of varieties: Approximately 10 varieties

[Outline of Ueno Toshogu Winter Botan]
Name: 39th Ueno Toshogu Winter Botan
Opening period: January 1st (Friday) -February 23rd (Tuesday / holiday), 2021 * Open every day during the period
Opening hours: 9: 30-16: 30 (Deadline for admission)
Entrance fee: Adults (junior high school students and above) 700 yen, groups (20 people and above) 600 yen, elementary school students and younger free of charge,
Toshogu Shrine common admission ticket 1,100 yen
Residence: 9-88 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
TEL: 03-3822-3575 (Botanen)
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Ueno Station Park Exit
5 minutes walk from Ikenohata Exit of Keisei Ueno Station
10 minutes walk from Exit 2 of Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
URL : http://www.uenotoshogu.com/botan/