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Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival

Welcoming spring's arrival with these colorful blooms

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Hanegi Park When: Early Feb - Early Mar 2021
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

One of the first signs of spring being imminent are ume, or plum blossoms, beginning to bloom. If you're in Tokyo and would like to enjoy these seasonal beauties, Setagaya's Hanegi Park hosts an annual plum blossom festival. The park grounds boast a total of 650 plum trees for visitors to enjoy, comprising of approximately 230 red plum and 420 white plum varieties.

Along with the natural beauty of the trees in bloom, the event also has opportunities to partake in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, amazake tasting, and hands-on art and craft activities. Food booths are available on-site if you need to grab a bite to eat.

Outside the plum blossom season, the park has a number of cherry blossom trees and azalea bushes across the grounds, ensuring there's something beautiful to appreciate no matter when you plan your springtime visit.

Do note that as this is a seasonal festival, dates can be subject to slight change. Based on events in previous years, the dates are generally from the first week of February through to the first week of March.

Getting there

Hanegi Park is located only two minutes on foot from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. 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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Elena Lisina 7 months ago
Beautiful flowers and shots! My dream is to visit Kairakuen in Mito to see ume... too many dreams! :D
Kim B Author 7 months ago
Dreams are wonderful to have, though! :) It's good motivation!
Sherilyn Siy 7 months ago
I think plum blossoms are more beautiful than cherry blossom close up.
Sleiman Azizi 7 months ago
The plum blossoms are definitely underrated.
Elizabeth S 7 months ago
Locals and visitors flock to see cherry blossoms, but plums are a must see. And smell!
Kim B Author 7 months ago
The plum blossoms are so underrated in my opinion! They always get overshadowed by the cherry blossoms...