Where the peonies are so special, they each get their own parasol
This off-the-beaten-path temple is famous for its
peony gardens (April) and its wart-curing shrine, but it’s also a great place for seasonal festivals and markets that are not at all touristy. No matter what time of year you go, there will definitely be something worth seeing.
Nishiarai Daishi is a full-service Buddhist temple that has great festivals year-round. These giant carp flags are flying from mid-April to May 5th, for Childrens’ Day.
The fragrant herbaceous peonies take over when the tree peonies are done, and are just as beautiful.
There’s a nice little stroll garden here too, especially cool and relaxing when it’s hot out.
This inari fox shrine is one of the most charming of its sort I’ve ever seen.
NISHIARAI DAISHI TEMPLE MAP
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