The weather got warmer a little bit, and we started seeing plum flowers on streets in Tokyo!
Plum flowers, in Japanese “Ume”, is iconic flowers to us Japanese like cherry blossoms. In the past, when Japanese think about flowers, they imagined about plum flowers. Plum flowers often appear in old Japanese poems and family crest.
From early February to early March, there are many plum festivals held in parks and shrines in Tokyo.
Why don’t you visit one of these festivals below to feel a glimpse of spring from white, pink flowers and nice scent of plum flowers!
Yushima Tenjin Shrine Plum Festival (湯島天神 梅まつり)
Yushima Tenjin Shrine was popular as the plum flower spot since Edo period. The festival continues for sixty years! There will be food strolls, performances, and of course, about 300 beautiful plum trees with colorful flowers.
Date: February 8 – March 8, 2020
Address: 3 Chome-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo
Closest station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yushima Station
Koishikawa Korakuen Plum Festival (小石川後楽園 梅まつり)
This beautiful Japanese garden has about 90 plum trees. There will be Japanese traditional performances such as Kyogen, Koto, Shakuhachi, etc. Detailed information about events during the festival is on the website (Japanese only).
Date: February 7 – March 1, 2020
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Closest station: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Korakuen Station or JR Sobu Line Iidabashi Station
Setagaya Ume Festival at Hanegi Park (せたがや梅まつり)
There are over 650 plum trees in Hanegi Park, red plum 270 and white plum 380. Regarding kinds, there are over 60 kinds so you can enjoy different shapes and colors of plums here. There will be food strolls and shops on weekends. You can even participate in pounding mochi! You can purchase plum related food such as plum mochi and plum madeleine.
Date: February 8 – March 1, 2020
Address: 4 Chome-38-52 Daita, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
Closest station: Odakyu Dentetsu Odakyu Line Umegaoka Station
Website: http://setagaya-umematsuri.com/ (Japanese Only)
Kobaien Plum Festival at Komurai Katori Shrine (香梅園梅まつり)
Kobaien is a small plum garden in Katori Shrine. This place was famous for viewing plum flowers as it is said that famous Ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige Utagawa made a piece about this garden. You can check out the YouTube video about their plum festival on the official website.
Date: February 15, 16, 2020
Address: 2 Chome-5-8 Bunka, Sumida-ku Tokyo
Closest station: Tobu Kameido Line Komurai Station
Website: http://www.omurai-katorijinja.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Mukoujima Hyakkaen Ume Festival (向島百花園 梅まつり)
This park was established in late Edo period, and at that time, it was known as “plum house”. There are about 20 kinds and 360 trees here. There will be performances of traditional dances and garden walking tours during the festival.
Date: February 8 – March 1, 2020
Address: 3 Chome Higashimukojima Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Closest station: Tobu Skytree Line Higashi Mukojima Station, Keisei Oshiage Line, Keisei Kifune Station,
Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/event/45208.html (Auto-translation available)
Kameido Tenjin Shrine Ume Festival (亀戸天神 梅まつり)
Kameido Tenjin Shrine is famous for wisteria flowers, but they have beautiful plum flowers, too. There are over 300 plum trees here and its pink and white flowers add pretiness to the shrine with ponds and a garden.
Date: February 9 – March 8, 2020
Address: 3 Chome-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku Tokyo
Closest station: JR Sobu Line Kameido Station or Kinshicho Station
Website: http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/gallery/ume/ (Japanese Only)
Jindai Botanical Gardens Ume Festival (神代植物公園 梅まつり)
Jindai Botanical Garden is one of the most famous botanical gardens in Tokyo. In the huge park, there are about 180 plum trees. There will be guided tour, a participatory event to experience the Ume-watching in Edo Period style, special cafe which offers warm drinks and snacks, etc., during the festival.
Date: February 4 – March 1, 2020
Address: 5 Chome-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi Chofu-shi, Tokyo
Closest station: Keio Line Tsutsujigaoka Station (then take Keio Bus for Shindaiji and get off at Jindai Shokubutsu-koen-mae)
Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/event/45177.html (Auto translation available)
Oyata Park (大谷田公園)
There is a plum garden in Oyata park holding over 100 plum trees. This plum garden is only open when flowers are in bloom.
Park Open Date: January 24 - March 22, 2020
Closest Station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Kitaayase Station
Address: 4 Chome-4-1 Oyata Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.city.adachi.tokyo.jp/koen/shisetsu/koen/002.html (Japanese Only)
Shiba Koen Park Ume Festival (芝公園 梅まつり)[Date unknown for 2020]
Shiba Koen Park is famous for the park to get sight of Tokyo Tower. You might have seen a picture of Tokyo Tower with cherry blossoms, and this park has many cherry clossom trees, too as well as 70 plum trees in the park.
Date unknown for 2020.
Address: Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
Closest station: Toei Mita Line Shibakoen Station, Toei Oedo Line Onarimon Station or Akabanebashi Station
Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index001.html (Japanese Only)
Akatsuka Ume Festival at Akatsuka Tameike Park (赤塚梅まつり) [Date unknown for 2020]
There are about 200 plum trees in this quiet park a little away from central Tokyo. Some food strolls and performances will be held during the festival. The festival is only two days, but you can enjoy the flowers for a longer period of time.
Date unknown for 2020
Address: 5 Chome-35 Akatsuka Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.city.itabashi.tokyo.jp/c_event/016/016991.html (Japanese Only) * The information in this page is for 2019
Information in this article is as of the updated date