Soga Plum Grove in Odawara offers a great opportunity to view some amazing plum blossoms for those who can't wait for cherry blossom season. Besides having hundreds of trees, the park offers a a few stand up shops and festival-style food. It's a great way to spend a clear day. Make sure to check out the plum candies and pickled goods! Parking can be a bit of a hassle, so getting there as early as possible is best. Also, anticipate some walking (it is essentially a big field), so make sure to wear some outdoorsy shoes.
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I'm working here in Japan as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). Originally from the Northern California area, I am a recent graduate with a degree in International Affairs.Living in Japan provides the opportunity for unique and continued insights into the local flavor of a particular region. Through my contributions, I hope to convey some of the great everyday experiences that make Japan special.