Visit the Best Plum Blossom Spots in Japan by Rail
In Tokyo, Kyoto and Mito
Our thoughts on the best plum blossom spots in Japan, and how to get there by rail.
Traveling in February is a great way to skip the flower viewing crowds of April, but still get to see the beautiful pink blossoms that Japan is famous for.Ume, or Japanese plum trees, bloom in mid-February, with hardy pink blossoms in many shades. They last several weeks, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them. Here is a selection of Japan’s most famous spots for ume blossoms.
Hanegi park - Tokyo
From JR Shinjuku Station, it’s a supplemental ¥190 ride on the Odakyu line to the aptly named Umegaoka Station (meaning “plum hill”), and Hanegi Park is just a 5-minute walk away.
Kitano Tenmangu - Kyoto
From JR Kyoto Station, take express bus 101 to Kitano Tenmangu (¥230).
Kairakuen - Ibaraki
Use your Japan Rail Pass for the one-hour ride north of Tokyo to Mito Station. During plum blossom season there is a special train line that runs from Mito to Kairakuen Station.