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Plum Blossom Season at Shinrin Park

January 20, 2021 @ 09:30 March 7, 2021 @ 16:30

Plum blossoms Saitama Prefecture

Seasonal information for the Plum Blossoms Shinrin Park

Plum Blossoms Shinrin Park

On Tuesday the 19th of January 2021 various TV stations announced that the plum blossoms had opened in the Kanto Plain. In addition, Shinrin Park also posted on their website that the plum blossom season has begun. There are currently a type of early blooming plum blossom blooming at Shinrin Park. The park post photos to show the condition of the plum blossoms on the official website frequently.

Plum Blossom Season

Plum Blossoms Shinrin Park

The plum blossom season in Shinrin Park is generally from around the 20th of January to early March, with prime viewing in February. What makes Shinrin Park’s plum blossom grove special is that they have about 120 different varieties of plum blossoms. From red plum blossoms that bloom as early as mid January to late blooming varieties that bloom until mid March. There are about 500 trees in total. Colors include white, yellow, peach and crimson.

The photos in this post were taken early March 2018. However, I was there for the “ume” in February last year, 2020, and can confirm they are particularly beautiful in February. There is usually some Wintersweet still in bloom until the end of February. And in a handful of areas within the grove there is a beautiful mix of yellow Wintersweet, and pink and white plum blossoms.

There are plum blossoms dotted here and there in the park, but the main plum blossom grove is near the South Entrance, beside the Cherry Blossom grove where the sakura trees are currently completely bare.

Forest Villa

This year, for the first time at the plum blossom grove, you can book to have a day camp. This service is called “Forest Villa” and it only started in September 2020. The location moves (within the park) with the seasons. You can hire a glamping tent and order a picnic. It will be in the plum grove from February 10th to March 15th:

Shinrin Park

Shinrin Park also known as Musashi Kyuryo National Government park is located in Namegawa Town in the Hiki District of Saitama. It was the first national Government Park in all of Japan.

The details box below the map shows hours and website etc. You can also find more detailed information on Shinrin Park on this blog.

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Plum Blossoms Shinrin Park Access

You can get a bus to the South Entrance of Shinrin Park from Tobu Tojo line’s Shinrin Koen station. To walk it takes about 40 minutes from the station.  You can also get a bus from Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line.

The park is vast so if you do come in from another gate you have either a long walk ahead of you or you can rent a bike or ride the park bus to get close to the area of the plum blossoms.

There is parking at the south entrance. Like all entrances, the car park costs 620 yen for one day.

Shinrin Park

1920 Yamata, Namegawa Machi
Hiki-gun, Saitama Japan
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January 20 @ 09:30
March 7 @ 16:30
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