Like cherry blossoms, which are beloved because their brief but glorious life is the perfect metaphor for our own lives, plum blossoms have a special meaning too. They bravely bloom when there’s still a chance of snow, when nothing else in the world is blooming or green, and nothing looks particularly hopeful. Which is why a trip to the amazing Kairaku-en plum garden might be just what we need right now, in our current weary world.
Hours: Mid-February – September 30 : 6:00-19:00 October 1 – mid-February : 7:00-18:00
Open: Every day of the year
Admission: Adults ¥300, Children (12 and younger): ¥150
Here’s where Kairaku-en Plum Garden is:
Here’s a more local map, showing where the nearest train station is:
Here’s how to get to Kairaku-en from Tokyo:
I used the Japan Navigation phone app to figure out this route, and you can easily use it too, with your actual date and preferred arrival time. It’s also good for finding the easiest way to get to Ueno Station from where you’re staying. Here’s where to get the app and how to use it.
Getting to Kairaku-en from Mito Station
It’s about a 20 minute walk from the train station to the garden entrance, but you can also easily catch a cab at the station.
2 thoughts on “Let’s visit the perfect garden for how we’re feeling right now”
With climate change, any indication that the mume have been blooming earlier than in the past?
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Plum blossoms aren’t tracked as closely as the cherry blossoms, but all the flower seasons have been disrupted by climate change. Plums bloom at an especially unpredictable time of year (and the various kinds spread out over the course of a month), so it’s hard to know which ones are blooming earlier or later, but I can definitely say that in the past few years, the azaleas, wisteria and peonies have been finished before the time they usually start ( ; _ ; )