Flower Power – Tsubaki Shrine and Suzuka Forest Park, Mie.


Near the mountains in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, lie two sites of quite different flower power.  The Tsubaki Shrine (椿大神社), whose name means camellia shrine, is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, while the Suzuka Forest Park (鈴鹿森園) is a explosion of glorious pink blossoms every March as 200 weeping plum trees herald spring’s arrival. The shrine joins in with the flower festivities too, holding several festivals in April while the camellias on the shrine grounds are flowering.

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