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Plum Blossom Top Spots and Plum Blossom Festivals in Japan!
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Plum Blossom Top 13 Spots and Plum Blossom Festivals in Japan!

From February to March plum blossoms decorate the landscape of Japan covering its hillsides with a beautiful carpet of white and pink colors. Visitors won't want to miss the amazing Plum Blossom Festivals and events going on in Japan!

Takao Baigo – Tokyo

Plum Blossom in Takao Baigo - Tokyo

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to middle of March

Beginning at the JR Takao station making your way to Kobotoke Pass along the Koshu route are picturesque plum blossoms scattered about. Stretching form the East are 6 distinct plum forests starting with the Yuhodo Bairn, Sekisho Bairin, Tenjin Bairin, Arai Bairin, Yunohana Bairin, and the Kosegawa Bairin which are about 90% white. About a 1 hour and 30 minute walk From the Takao station north exit coming from the west visitors can see a few small plum blossom forests as well.  At Uratakaomachi  (along the Koshu Route) is the Takao Umezo Plum Blossom Festival which is held in March of every year. With Spring on its way, seeing the plum blossoms while taking a walk at Uratakaomachi is a great way to take in the sights!
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Takao Baigo

Address: Uratakaomachi, Hachioji City, Tokyo

Access: 15 minute walk from JR Takao Station

Admission Fee: Free

Website: Hachioji City (Japanese)

 

Kyodo no Mori Museum – Tokyo

Plum Blossom in Kyodo no Mori Museum - Tokyo

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to early of March

The changing of the seasons colors will be on full display in the nearby forest of the Kyodo no Mori Museum. From February 4th to March 12th the biggest plum blossom festival will be held here. During the plum blooms festival there will be various events such as tea ceremonies, Koto performances, and the Fuchu performing arts.
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Kyodo no Mori Museum

Address: 6−6−32 Minamicho, Fuchu city, Tokyo

Access: 6 minutes by bus from Bubaigawara Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
200 yen (Aduly)
100 yen (Child)

Phone: 042-368-7921

Website: Fuchu City (Japanese)

 

Keio Hyakuso-en – Tokyo

Plum Blossom in Keio Hyakuso-en - Tokyo

Best time to see cherry blossoms: From middle of February to early of March

The history of Keio Kyakuso-en is old as it dates back to the Edo period when it was rebuild during  by the Shoshanin citadel and with that marks the beginning of it’s history. The famous park titled “Jushobai” is where it is said the Shoshanin themselves helped plant trees. February is especially beautiful where 50 different species of plum blossoms will bloom in 500 beautifully colored trees. Keio Hyakusoen is one of the most popular spots for plum blossoms in Tokyo; especially among literary writers including Wakayama Bokusui and Tokutomi Kenjiro. The Annual Plum Blossom Festival is held at Keio Hyakuseon every year from the middle of February to the middle of March.
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Keio Hyakuso-en

Address: 560 Hyakuso, Hino city, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Hyakusoen Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
300 yen (Aduly)
100 yen (Child)

Phone: 042-591-3478

Website: Keio Hyakusoen (Japanese)

 

Kairakuen – Ibaraki

Plum Blossom in Kairakuen - Ibaraki

Best time to see plum blossoms: From end of February to middle of March

Inside Kairakuen there are about 100 different types of plum blossoms with around 3,000 plum blossom trees where spring visibly marks its visit in the form of beautiful blossoms. There are quite a few kinds of plum blossoms: Hayasaki, Chusaki, and Ososaki which mean early, middle and late bloomers. Hayasaki plum blooms can be seen between from the middle of January to the Middle of February. Chusaki plum blossoms from the middle of February to the middle of March and the Ososaki plum blooms go until the beginning of April. This is attractive because visitors can enjoy plum blossoms for quite a long duration of time. This year will mark the 121st anniversary of the Mito Plum Festival and will be held in Kairakuen Gardens. Along with Korakuen in Okayama, it is counted as one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens. In July of 1842 it was made a public area for visitors to come and rest.
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Kairakuen

Address: 1 Tokiwacho, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Mito Station

Hours: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission Fee:
200 yen (Aduly)
100 yen (Child)

Phone: 029-244-5454

Website: Kairakuen (Japanese)

 

Mt. Tsukuba Bairin – Ibaraki

Plum Blossom in Mt. Tsukuba Bairin - Ibaraki

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to middle of March

Mt. Tsukuba Bairin has many points of interest such as Tenbo Azumaya, Fujimi Hashi, Mikaeri Endai Kaneore Hashi,  Seseragi Hashi, and Hishi Rodai and other buildings within the area. Mt Tsukuba Bairin sits at an altitude of 250 meters where the Tsukuba city, a far off Mt. Fuji, and Skytree can be seen. A beautiful landscape of over a thousand white and pink plum blossoms makes for a perfect backdrop to enjoy the Mt. Tsukuba plum blossom festival!
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Mt. Tsukuba Bairin

Address: Numata, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

Access: 40 minutes by shuttle bus from Tsukuba Station

Phone: 029-244-5454

Website: Mt. Tsukuba Plum Festival (Japanese)

 

Seikeien – Tochigi

Plum Blossom in Seikeien - Tochigi

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to end of March

On the western slope of Orihimeyama sits a beautiful plum blossom forest. About 1,200 white plum blossom trees, 70% white and 30% pink, will be in bloom.  From the Ryogaizan hiking course visitors catch a view of majestic plum forests. Seikeien is located at the western slope of Orihimeyama so you can go from the Ashikaga Natural Park hiking course.  It is definitely worth stoping by while on a hike![map lat=”36.346795″ lng=”139.444001″][/map]

Seikeien

Address: Nishinomiyacho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Ashikaga Station

Phone: 0284-20-2165

Website: Seikeien (Japanese)

 

Misato Bairin – Gunma

Plum Blossom in Misato Bairin - Gunma

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of March to end of March

Located in Takasaki overlooking the Kanto landscape is a hill with about 10 thousand plum trees which is considered the birthplace of east Japan’s first plums. When in bloom the plum blossoms make for a sea of pink of white. Along with the Haruna Bairin in Takasaki and the Akima Barin in Annaka City, Misato Bairin is one of Gumma’s Three Major Plum Forests. The Misatomi Festival is held at the same time the plums blossom. During the festival all things plum and plum flavored will be sold by local vendors. During the plum blossom tea festival visitors can enjoy their tea in a large field under the Umezaka. It is recommended that visitors enjoy the full view of plum blossoms and if visitors are up to it, they can watch the sunrise. 
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Misato Bairin

Address: Tomiokazenchi, Misatocho, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture

Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station

Phone: 027-371-5111

Website: Takasaki City (Japanese)

 

Haruna Bairin – Gunma

Plum Blossom in Haruna Bairin - Gunma

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of March to end of March

Haurna Bairin consists of 120 thousand plum blossom tress scattered about a massive plot of land. One of the Gumma Three Major Plum Forests, Haruna Bairin’s plum blossom season showcases amazing white plum blossoms spread across the landscape. The Haruna no Mei Festival is usually held on the 3rd Sunday of March every year in tune with the blossoming of the plum blossoms. At the Totemachi Mei Festival visitors can enjoy the plum blossoms by horse carriage.
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Haruna Bairin

Address: Kamisatomimachi, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture

Access: 50 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station

Phone: 027-374-5111

Website: Takasaki City (Japanese)

 

Akima Bairin – Gunma

Plum Blossom in Akima Bairin - Gunma

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of March to end of March

The scenery of the Akima Bairin showcases about 35,000 pink and white plums blossoms on a vast hilly landscape is breathtaking. The Plum Blossom Festival is held from the middle of February to the end of March, during which visitors can take part in various events such as festival picture taking, rice cake rickshaw tournament. Visitors definitely flock to see the amazing sights of the plum blossoms at the Akima Barin
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Akima Bairin

Address: Nishikamiakima, Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Annaka Haruna Station

Phone: 027-382-1111

Website: Annaka City (Japanese)

 

Soga Bairin – Kanagawa

Plum Blossom in Soga Bairin - Kanagawa

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to early March

The Soga Bairin sits about 7 km northeast of Odawara along with two other plum blossom forests; the Nakwara Barin, and the Hara Bairn. From February to March the Odawara plum blossom festival will be held from with about 35,000 plum blossoms against the backdrop of the Hakone Mountain and Mt. Fuji. At the Odawara Bairin Festival Yabusame (horseback archery),the Kotobuki lion dance, Odawara lantern dance and many other events will take place while visitors take in the beautiful sights of plum blossoms.
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Soga Bairin

Address: 282 Sogabessho, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 15 minute walk from Shimosoga Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0465-42-1965

Website: Soga Bairin (Japanese)

 

Yugawara Bairin – Kanagawa

Plum Blossom in Yugawara Bairin - Kanagawa

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to early March

A carpet of plum blossoms wrap the hillside in a color of white and pink with the scent of plums in the air. The Yugawara Bairin has roughly 4,000 pink and white plum blossoms decorating the landscape. The inside of plum blossom forest there are several spacious paths where visitors can choose the path of their choice.  If visitors take a 10 minute climb from the foot to the summit of the Makiyama  there is a spectacular view overlooking the plum blossoms beneath!
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Yugawara Bairin

Address: 951−1 Kajiya, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 17 minutes by bus from Yugawara Station

Admission Fee: 200 yen (Adult)

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: 0465-63-2111

Website: Yugawara Bairin (Japanese)

 

Taura Umenosato – Kanagawa

Plum Blossom in Taura Umenosato - Kanagawa

Best time to see plum blossoms: From middle of February to early March

Selected for the top 100 Kanagawa flower sights, Taura Umenosani holds a plum blossom festival from the middle of  February to mid March.  2,700 plum blossoms decorate the hillsides as
daffodils bloom at the foot of the walking paths. Visitors can enter the observatory which sits at the top of the summit where Tokyo Bay is actually visible. There are various events going on during this time so visitors are encouraged to check them out.
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Taura Umenosato

Address: Tauraizumichō, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 25 minute walk from Taura Station

Admission Fee: Free

Phone: 046-861-5945

Website: Taura Umenosato (Japanese)

 

Ogose Bairin – Saitama

Plum Blossom in Ogose Bairin - Saitama

Best time to see plum blossoms: From early March to middle of March

The Ogose Barin plum blossom forest is located in north of Tokyo in the Saitama Prefecture. The Ogose Bairin is considered one of the three big plum blossom forests in the Kanto area of Japan. Visitors will definitely be treated to plum blossoms as far as they can see as there are about 1,000 trees spread about. During this time various plum blossom events and festivals will sprout up allowing visitors to enjoy various foods and sights.
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Ogose Bairin

Address: 113 Doyama, Ogose-machi, Iruma district, Saitama Prefecture

Access: 13 minutes by bus from Ogose Station

Admission Fee: 300 yen (Adult)

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 049-292-3121

Website: Ogose Bairin (Japanese)

 

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