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.