2024-02-02 | Recommendations

Top Plum Blossom Spots in Kyoto

While Tokyo is world-famous for its cherry blossoms, there is a lesser known flower that demands attention. Many of the tourists flooding into Kyoto are missing the beauty of plum blossoms, or ume. Until the Heian period (794~1194), it was reported that plum blossoms were celebrated as a symbol of the new spring, instead of the currently well-loved cherry blossoms, or sakura. As is the case for most of Japanese culture, Kyoto is THE best place to see plum blossoms. From mid-February till mid-March, a number of spots across the city are visited by locals, blooming with unforgettable colors and scents. Why don’t you join this ancient celebration by visiting these recommended plum blossom spots in Kyoto?

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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1,500 Ume trees in 50 different varieties grow at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. You can feel mesmerized by the gentle atmosphere they create. They also hold a plum blossom festival on February 25th. The event will come with many food stands and have maikos performing. From The Millennials Kyoto, it takes 45 mins by bus. We also recommend renting a bike to go if the weather is nice!

Entrance Fee: 600 yen (including Japanese sweets)
Period: Mid-February ~ Mid-March

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Located in the centre of Kyoto city, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is another great place to witness the seasonal change. South of the famous Hamaguri Gomon gate you cab find 200 plum blossom trees. As the palace is open for everyone free of charge, it is one of the local’s favorites. You can also have a picnic if the weather is nice. It only takes 20 minutes by bus from The Millennials Kyoto.

Entrance fee: FREE
Period: Mid-February ~ Mid-March

Jonangu Shrine

When Kyoto became Japanese capital in 794 (then it was called Heian Kyo), Jonangu Shrine was built for the purpose of protecting the capital from its south. It is famous for “Shidare-Ume,” or weeping plum trees, of which you can take beautiful pictures. Although it takes about 50 mins from The Millennials Kyoto, you will not regret going there.

Entrance fee: 1000 yen
Period: February 18 ~ March 22 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

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