Banish winter blues with a trip to the seaside hotspring resort Atami, where the Atami Plum Garden hosts a Plum Blossom Festival throughout January and February. Atami is known to have some of the earliest plum tree blossoms around Tokyo, and the Atami Plum Garden has 60 different varieties of plum trees — from the palest of pinks to the boldest blush — that bloom in succession throughout the festival.
Want to make a trip out of it? Check out our guide on the best things to do in Atami.
Getting to the Atami Plum Festival
Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture, is a 45-minute ride from Tokyo Station on the Kodama Shinkansen (¥4,070); otherwise, it takes just under two hours on the Tokaido line (¥1,980). At Atami Station, transfer to the Ito line for Kinomiya Station (2 minutes; ¥150). From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the gardens. You can also catch a bus (15 minutes; ¥230), which runs four times an hour, direct to the gardens from bus stop no 1 in front of Atami Station; get off at the ‘Baien’ stop.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.
At the door: ¥300
- 1.7 km from Atami Station Tōkaido Shinkansen