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Ume viewing spots in Tokyo

Now only viewing Sakura, viewing Ume (Japanese plum trees) blossoms is also a popular attraction in Tokyo. Ume begins blooming around the middle of February, will be enjoyed for a month. During the Ume season, flower festivals are held at Ume spots.

Famous/Historic Ume Viewing Spots in 23 wards (Central Tokyo)

Yushima Tenjin Shrine (Yushima Tenmangu) 湯島天神

An old shrine famous for Ume spot since hundreds of years ago, close to Ueno park and Ameyoko Shopping street.
http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/
(How to get there) 
8 min. walk from JR Okachimachi Station
2 min. walk from Yushima Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line. 
Google Maps - Yushima Tenjin 

Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園

The garden formerly a part of the residence of the Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) of Mito Tokugawa family.
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_05.html#koishikawa 
(How to get there)
3 min. walk from Iidabashi Station on the Toei Oedo Subway Line. (Exit C3)
8 min.walk from JR Iidabashi Station, 
8 min. walk from Iidaashi Subway Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Yurakucho Line and Nanboku Line)
Google Maps - Koishikawa Korakuen

Sumida Park 隅田公園

A city park along the both side of Sumida the River. The park along the western side of the Sumida river is known for a Sakura viewing spot. Ume trees (approx.150 trees) can be found at the park on the eastern side of the Sumida River, closer to the Tokyo Skytree Tower.
(How to get there)
10 min. walk from Asakusa Station 
Google Maps - Sumida Koen Park 

Hanegi Koen Park 羽根木公園

A city park of Setagaya-ku ward. Has approx.650 Ume trees.
http://www.rurubu.com/season/winter/ume/detail.aspx?SozaiNo=130009
(How to get there) 
5 min. walk from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Line
Google Maps - Hanegi Koen Park

Ikegami Baien (Ume garden) 池上梅園

A city garden of Ota-ku ward, located next to Ikegami Honmonji Temple. Has approximately 370 Ume trees.
Ikegami Honmonji Temple 池上本門寺 http://honmonji.jp/
http://www.city.ota.tokyo.jp/shisetsu/baien/ (In Japanese) 
(How to get there) 
12 min. walk from Nishimagome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
Google Maps - Ikegami Honmonji

Related article : Attractions in Ota-ku  ward, Tokyo

Shinagawa Koen Park 品川公園

A small Ume garden located in Shinagawa Park, known for various attractions, including a Japanese garden, the Shinagawa Aquarium. Free rental bicycle service is available for kids and adults. 
http://www.city.shinagawa.tokyo.jp/hp/page000016200/hpg000016197.htm
Shinagawa Aquarium http://www.aquarium.gr.jp/en/
(How to get there) 
15 min. walk from JR Omori Staion 
Google Maps -Shinagawa Koen Park

Related article : Attractions in Ota-ku  ward, Tokyo  

Ume Spots in other Area

Yoshino Baigo in Ome City, Western Tokyo 吉野梅郷

Ome City is the most famous city for Ume trees in Tokyo. In fact, the name "Ome" means green plums in Japanese. 
Oume Baigo is the area between Hinatawada Station 日向和田駅(JR Ome-sen line) and Futamatao Station 二俣尾駅 along the southern side of the Tamagawa River, approximately 4km long, where you can find various Ume spots, including Ume Park.
http://www.omekanko.gr.jp/us/tourism/yoshino.htm
http://www.tachikawaonline.jp/local/ume/yoshino.htm (In Japanese) 
http://www.omekanko.gr.jp/ume/pdf/jr_leaflet2013.pdf (In Japanese)
(How to get there) 
JR Shinjuku Sta. to Tachikawa Sta. by JR Chuo Line (Kaisoku Express 30 min.) 
Tachikawa Sta. to Ome Sta. by JR Ome-sen Line (Kaisoku Express 33 min.)
Ome Sta. to Hinatawada Sta. JR Ome-sen Line (“Local” Line 5min.) 
Google Maps - Yoshino Baigo 

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Chiba prefecture 成田山新勝寺

Close to Narita International Airport, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is a popular sightseeing spot to experience traditional Japanese culture. In the temple area, there is a park called Naritasan Koen where seasonal festivals are held. Ume festival is one of those popular festivals. 
http://www.chiba-tour.jp/narita/sight/sight_top.html
http://www.naritasan.or.jp/
(How to get there) 
10 min. walk from Keisei Narita Station or JR Narita Station.
8 min. from Keisei/JR Narita Station from Narita Airport Terminal 2 station (by Kyuko Express9
65 min. from Keisei Ueno Station to Keisei Narita Station (by Tokkyu Express)
Google Maps - Naritasan Shinshoji

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Tsukuba Mountain in Ibaraki prefecture 筑波山

http://www.ibarakiguide.jp/db_kanko/?type=en&detail&id=0800000000556
http://umematsuri.jp/
To find more information on Tsukubasan, see the page
Tsukubasan | Mount Tsukuba, Ibaraki

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