All of February (and a little of March) is the best time to see fluffy pink and white and red beauties bursting like popcorn all over Tokyo. Here are the best places to see them, in order of when they bloom:
Note: These photos were all taken from 2014-2016, so depending on how warm or cold the winter has been, peak blooming can happen earlier or later by a week or so. Each plum tree blooms for about ten days, so gardens with many varieties have something to see (and take pictures of) for about three weeks around the dates these were taken.
End of January:
Kameido Tenjin Shrin e near Kameido Station
Koraku-en Garden near Korakuen Station
Beginning of February:
Nishiarai Daishi Temple near Daishimae Station
Photo taken on Feb 6 • This temple has some very nice plum tree specimens of various colors. Bonus: There is a truly eye-popping early blooming cherry tree here that’s in flower at the same time as the plums and also a wart-curing shrine.
Sankei-en Garden in Yokohama
Photo taken on Jan 23 • This magnificent garden doesn’t have a lot of plum trees, but the the varieties they have are lovely. Bonus: there is a historical pagoda and other traditional buildings set around a large pond, which makes for a really nice walk, even in winter
Hanegi Park near Umegaoka Station
Photo taken on Feb 9 – There are 650 plum trees of all varieties blooming at this park, and they cycle in and out of bloom for the entire month of February
Gotokuji Temple near Gotokuji Station
Photo taken on Feb 10 • This temple doesn’t have a lot of plum trees, but the ones they have are spectacular. Bonus: this temple also has a beautiful wooden pagoda and is home to the lucky cat shrine
Kanda Myoujin Shrine near Ochanomizu Station
Kitano Shrine near Korakuen Station
Photo taken on Feb 10 – This is a tiny shrine, but it’s famous for its plum trees
Shinjuku Gyou-en Park near Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Photo taken on Feb 10 • The Japanese garden within Shinjuku Gyou-en has a grove of plum trees with some quite exquisite varieties. Well worth seeing
Yushima Shrine near Yushima Station
Mid to End of February
Kyu Shiba-rikyu Garden near Hamamatsuhcho Station
Photo taken on Feb 20 • This beautiful little-known garden right next to Hamamatsucho Station has some of the most unusual plum trees in Tokyo. The grove is small, but spectacular when it’s in full bloom. Bonus: The walk around the pond has many classic Japanese garden photo spots
Okurayama Park near Okurayama Station in Yokohama
Photo taken on Feb 20 • This garden has a beautiful grove with many varieties of plum trees, which start to bloom earlier than this picture was taken, for pretty much the entire month of February
Beginning of March:
Arisugawa Park near Hiroo Station
Photo taken on Mar 5 • There is a small grove of plum trees at this jewel of a park, and all of them are beautiful. A fifteen minute walk from shopping-crazy Roppongi Hills, this garden is a welcome respite from the urban frenzy
Hama-rikyu Teien Garden near Shiodome Station
Photo taken on Mar 7 • One of the most magnificent (and famous) groves of plum trees in Tokyo. I think this garden is one of the most scenic places to see them. Bonus: The trees nearest the entrance are next to a field of neon yellow flowers, which is a favorite spot for wedding photos. If you’re lucky, you’ll see kimono clad couples along with the plums
Lots more photos and info about all these plum-viewing places are here:
Where To See The Best Plum Blossoms In Tokyo
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Those were gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
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