Banish winter blues with a trip to seaside hotspring resort Atami, where the Atami Plum Garden hosts a Plum Blossom Festival throughout the months of January and February. Atami is known to have the some of the earliest plum tree blossoms around Tokyo, and the Atami Plum Garden has 60 different varieties of plum trees — from the palest of pinks to the boldest blush — that bloom in succession throughout the duration of the festival.
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Getting to the Atami Plum Festival
Atami, in Shizuoka Prefecture, is a 45-minute ride from Tokyo Station on the Kodama Shinkansen (¥4,070); otherwise it takes just under two hours on the Tokaido line (¥1,980). At Atami Station, transfer to the Ito line for Kinomiya Station (2 minutes; ¥150). From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the gardens. You can also catch a bus (15 minutes; ¥230), which runs four times an hour, direct to the gardens from bus stop no 1 in front of Atami Station; get off at the ‘Baien’ stop.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.