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Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 00:30
Hi.
What is the best time of the year (which week in Feb/Mar) to view plum blossom in Kairakuen Gardens (Ibaraki) and Tokyo ?
Thanks.
by lifesucketh  

Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 06:26
It depends on the year. The peak is usually around early to mid March, but if it is an warm/cold winter, it can be considerably earlier/later.
by Uji rate this post as useful

Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 10:26
Thanks Uji.
Is there a site forecasting the plum blossom ?
Similar to a site forecasting the cherry blossom.
by lifesucketh rate this post as useful

Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 10:55

This is a useful site:

https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 12:47
Thank you .
I am looking for a site for the plum blossom; is there one ?
Cheers.
by lifesucketh rate this post as useful

Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 13:13
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 13:18

https://www.kyuhoshi.com/2015/01/01/plum-ume-blossom-in-japan/

Plum (Ume) Blossom Festival Spots Across Japan


1) Setagaya City Hanegi Park (Tokyo)
2) Umeno Park (Tokyo)
3) Kyodo-no-Mori Museum (Tokyo)
4) Koishikawa Korakuen (Tokyo)
5) Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Tokyo)
6) Baji Koen (Tokyo)
7) Kyu Shiba Rikyu (Tokyo)
8) Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Kyoto)
9) Kaju-ji (Kyoto)
10) Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Fukuoka)
11) Ushi Tenjin (Fukuoka)
12) Atami Baien Ume Matsuri (Shizuoka)
13) Odawara Plum Festival (Kanagawa)
14) Mito Kairaku-en (Ibaraki)
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/7 16:13
@. I'm genuinely surprised that Kairakuen is so low on that list. I thought it was wonderful & I was there right at the end of the season. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6201.html
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/10 13:23
Thinking if I should visit Kairakuen for the plum blossom on 24 Feb or 5 Mar.
Which dates do you think will give me a better chance of seeing the full blossom ?
Thanks.
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/10 17:07
As @Uji says hard to tell. Probably a week later than that.
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/10 17:12
OK, thanks. I will stick with 5 March then if the later the better to give me a better chance of seeing the blossom.
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Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/11 00:05
You date, 24 Feb or 5 Mar, sounds like a good choice.

The plum blossom festival at Kairakuen this year was Feb 18 - Mar 31. The plum festivals in Tokyo are generally held during mid Feb to early Mar. Perhaps some will have more food stalls during the weekend.

That said, the official website of Ibaraki where Kairakuen is tells us that plum can be enjoyed differently depending on the weeks. More precisely, different species bloom in different dates.

I'm afraid the English version of their website doesn't show the same information, but in the Japanese websites shown below, you can see the numbers that indicate the months (Jan is 1, Feb is 2, and Mar is 3). { means early, { means mid, and { means end.

Plum trees at Kairakuen
http://www.ibarakiguide.jp/seasons/umeiro/mito_ume.html

Plum festivals in Tokyo
https://www.enjoytokyo.jp/feature/flower/ume/tokyo/

Hope it helps.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Best week for plum blossom 2017/12/11 01:43
Whenever you go it will be great, it's a lovely place.
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