Umenomiya Taisha Plum Festival

Enjoy the beauty of plum season at this 1300 year-old shrine

Mar 7th
Venue: Umenomiya Taisha Shrine, Kyoto When: Sunday - Mar 7th 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Each year on the first Sunday in March, Kyoto's Umenomiya Taisha Shrine is home to a plum blossom festival that celebrates the arrival of spring. The grounds here are dotted with around 500 plum trees as well as a host of other flowers and trees which bloom later in the year, including sakura, azaleas, irises, and hydrangeas.

The plum festival also coincides with the shrine's childbirth festival. Umenomiya Taisha has long been a place where people have prayed in order to conceive a child, and then to deliver a child safely. It seems to be a fitting time to celebrate it - the beginning of spring, and the celebration of new life!

Admission to the main temple is free, but to enjoy the gardens the admission price is 550 yen for adults, and 350 yen for children over the age of 6.

Getting there

Umenomiya Taisha Shrine is located a three minute taxi ride or around 10 minutes on foot from Matsuo-Taisha Station, served by the Hankyu Arashiyama Line.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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