- Traditionally, “Hanami” was for viewing plum blossoms (ume), not cherry blossoms.
- From early to late flowering, 58 types of the 457 ume trees have different flowering times!
Traditionally, “Hanami” was for viewing plum blossoms (ume), not cherry blossoms.
What do you imagine when hearing the word “Japanese Hanami?” Of course, it’s viewing cherry blossoms isn’t it? As a fact, Hanami used to refer to plum blossoms 1000 years ago in Japan. It appeared in Waka, the Japanese classic poem, because of the ume flower’s tidy and docile beauty. Sugawara no Michizane, who was said to be a god of wisdom, used to love Ume so much that occasionally Ume is used as a symbol of wisdom.
From early to late flowering, 58 types of the 457 ume trees have different flowering times!
The best season to view Ume flowers has come to Atami Baien.
The ume trees in “Atami baien” are said to flower the earliest in japan and start in December. The latter blooming ume have already started, so you can enjoy Ume for a long period of time.
You can view 58 types of Ume here.
There are many types of ume; pure white, pale pink, dark pink, one with overlapping pedals, as well as many others.
The flower has a diameter of about 3cm and smells so sweet. By just looking at it, you will feel relieved. There will be a million people coming to Ume matsuri to feel the early spring. During the event, Amazake (甘酒), sweet sake made of rice, will be available, you can enjoy the foot baths, and other interesting stage events will be open. After relaxing at the hot spring in Atami, let’s go to Atami baien to feel early spring in Japan.
■Atami baien Ume matsuri (熱海梅園梅まつり)
Period：Sat, 10th January to Sun, 8th March
Fee：If you stay at somewhere in Atami city, it will be 100 yen.
※Please indicate something you can proof you stay in Atami city.(Reservation table or receipt)
300 yen for adults, free for junior high school student or younger.
Access：10 minutes by foot from JR Kinomiya station .
To go to kinomiya station, take Ito line from JR Atami station.
8, Baien-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka Pref.