Atami Plum Garden is a plum garden with more than 120 years of history in Atami. Mogi Sobei, a silk merchant representing Yokohama in 1886, landscaped and was dedicated to the Imperial family for a while. After becoming a state-owned property in 1952, the city is managing. It has been opened to the public as a place where “plum blossoming early in bloom” and “slowest autumn leaves in Japan” can be seen since 1966.
In the plum garden, 472 of plum trees of 57 kinds are planted, and there are 380 trees that turn red such as maple and maple. Plums that are about to be seen in the middle of January are abundant as it is said to be “Japan’s fastest bloom”. There are trees such as “Nenashi-Ume”, “Kuyo-Bai”, “Kanichi” and “Omiya-no-Ume”, each showing different beauty. Plums are trees with different flowering times depending on the type. For that reason, you can enjoy plum blossoms for two months from mid-January to mid-March in the garden.
The autumn leaves are the late in Japan, contrary to plum, the middle of December is the best time to see. There are many places where autumn leaves shine, such as the humpbacked bridge and the waterfall in the garden. Because Atami’s winter is mild, it is fun to eat lunches on the bench in the garden while enjoying autumn tints on the day without wind.
In addition, footbath and Korean style garden are in the garden. Foot bath is available free of charge, and it is a pleasant feeling if you soak your tired feet with a walk in the garden. In the Korean style garden there are “Azumaya” (a cottage), Daimon gate and a tile wall, and you can taste exoticism.
Besides this, there are plenty of places to see other than plums and maples, such as “waterfall of plum blossom viewing” and “bridge of plum blossom viewing” that can overlook the plum garden. In particular, “waterfall of plum blossom viewing” can see the inside of the garden behind the waterfall, it is worth a visit.
As for the flower of the plum of “Atami Plum Garden”, the first flower begins to bloom early in the end of November – December every year. Best time to see is from January to mid-February. Every year, “the plum festival” is held at this time.
In the large garden proud of the site of 44,000 square meters, the tree of 59 kinds and 472 plums is planted. White, peach, rouge … … The scene that the flower of the plum of the sign of spring is in full glory lets you forget cold.
Only an early plum is seen at the beginning of the “plum festival” period, and full-scale best time to see is after the middle of February. Although the height of prosperity is late in February every year, the middle of February in which surrounding “the cherry tree of Atami” can enjoy at the same time is recommended time.
In “the plum festival” of the Atami Plum Garden, the superb view of the plum is concentrated around back “Kofubashi bridge” and is certainly the best highlight. One of the valuable place that can overlook the state is around the innermost “Masahiro Sawada commemoration art museum”.
Moreover, the “Atami Plum Garden” is said that the bloom of a plum to be the earliest in Japan is also called “the place which can enjoy the latest autumnal leaves in Japan.” It is said that it is the best time to see of autumnal leaves from the end of November to the early of December.
A maple festival is held every year at the season of best time to see. A footbath, a music event, a photo contest, etc. are done in a festival. Furthermore, during a festival period, lighting of autumnal leaves is carried out and it is crowded with many people.
|Name:||Atami Plum Garden|
|Address:||Baiencho 8-1 Atami, Shizuoka 413-0032 Japan|
|Access:||JR Ito-sen Line “Kinomiya-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 557-85-2222 (Atami-shi Tourism Association)|
|Price:||*Only Plum festival period (Around January to February) is charged.
300 yen (Adult)
Free (Under Junior high school students)
Please refer the official web page.