Early Feb
Early Mar
An entire mountainside covered with plum trees

Makuyama Park's Plum Blossoms

The coming of spring amongst thousands of ume trees

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read
Venue: Makuyama, Yoshihama, Yugawara, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 259-0312, Japan When: Early Feb - Early Mar 2021
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One of Yugawara’s most famous and beautiful landmarks is Makuyama Park. The park features a river, boulders, wide open space, a mountain, and—covering the base of the mountain—thousands and thousands of plum trees (and a festival) that when in full bloom in February and March have to be seen to be believed.

The blooming of plum blossoms signals the coming of spring-surely an event to celebrate! Take the bus bound for Kajiya at Yugawara Station on the JR Tokaido Line and get off at Morishitakoen-mae. It is a short walk from there.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com

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Elena Lisina 9 months ago
Kim B a year ago
The covered mountainside is gorgeous!
Larry Knipfing Author 5 years ago
NOW is the time to see these beautiful plum blossoms!
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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
It's still the start of March, but plum blossoms are here already. The Sakura are of course special, but plum blosooms make for a better spectacle in my opinion -- better, deeper, stronger colors.
Larry Knipfing Author 6 years ago
This is extremely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. And they are in bloom NOW!