During this COVID State of Emergency in Tokyo, we all can enjoy the simple pleasure of viewing and smelling the lovely Tokyo Plum Blossoms. Here are our favorite locations in Tokyo to have fun viewing Plum Blossoms, although all the festivals have been canceled you can still mask-up and stroll through the blossoms.
View Tokyo Plum Blossom
1. Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (Koganei) – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms are starting to bloom all over Tokyo. One of the best places to visit is Koganei Park. There are over 100 plum trees bursting in whites and pinks. There is a large parking lot in the park, so driving is quite easy. The park is usually alive with volunteers to guide you if needed, traditional Japanese music performances, and an open-air tea ceremony, but sadly this year these events have been canceled. Also located in the park is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Park (closed due to COVID), which is a great collection of old houses that have been saved from destruction in central Tokyo and move to the Park. Great place to spend half a day.
Address: 1-13-1 Sekinomachi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line (take the Seibu bus from platform #2 or #3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk 5 mins); or 5 min bus ride from Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line (take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk five mins).
2. Koishikawa Korakuen Plum Blossom Festival
(Bunkyo-ku) – Until early March you can visit the park to see over 90 plum blossom trees in 30 varieties blossoming. Unfortunately, the annual weekend performances of traditional music and Edo street arts are canceled, but you can still have a lovely park visit. There is also a great kid’s playground right outside the park entrance.
Admission: 300 yen adults, free for children
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: 8-minute walk from Iidabashi or Korakuen Station
3. Yushima Tenmangu Plum Festival (near Ueno Park, Tokyo) – This lovely shrine dedicated to learning has over 100 plum treats in pink and white. Usually every year from mid-February to early March you can enjoy food, drink, blossoms, and zen, however this year you can enjoy the shrine and blossoms. A great place to visit combined with some of our other attractions in the Ueno area – Kyu Iwasaki Residence, The Shitamachi Museum (closed due to COVID), Ueno Park & Zoo (closed until 3/8 due to COVDI), Ameyoko Bargain Street, Yamashiroya Toy Store.
Address: 3 -30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0034 (google map)
Hours: The shrine grounds are free to enter and open from 6.00 – 20.00.
Access: 2 min walk from Yushima Station on the Chiyoda Line or 10 min walk from Ueno Station
4. Ikegami Baien (Ota-ku, Tokyo) – Ikegami is the name of the area, and Baien means plum garden or orchard. There are over 350 plum trees and 700 azalea bushes that bloom in early summer (May). This strolling garden is lovely and you can walk along at your own pace for an hour or so and enjoy the sites and smells.
Admission: 100 yen
Address: 2-2-13 Ikegami, Ota City, Tokyo 146-0082 (google map)
Hours: Closed Monday, other day s 9-16:30.
Access: Asakusa Line to Nishi- Magome and then walk about 10-12 mins.
Website: Japanese https://www.city.ota.tokyo.jp/shisetsu/park/ikegamibaien.html
5. Setagaya Ume Plum Festival (Setagaya) – A huge display of plum blossoms on 650 plum trees (270 red plum and 280 white plum). Due to COVID the various festival activities on weekends including Japanese performances and matcha tea ceremony are canceled. While you’re there visit Hanegi Park for three super fun experiences in one. Hanegi Park is what we call a mud and free experiential park with climbing structures, wood buildings, and even hands-on kids learning to light fires. Fun for the entire family!
Setagaya Ume Plum Viewing Details
Event Date: Now until early March
Address: Hanegi Park, 4-38-52 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Line, or 7 min walk from Higashimatsubara Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, Bus stop is Daita Yonchome on the Tokyu bus line.