Nagatoro Plum blossoms x wintersweet on the side of Mt Hodo at the winter flower story event with plum blossom festival

Since 2021 Nagatoro have merged their two winter flower festivals – wintersweet and plum blossoms, both of which grow on the side of 497 meter high Mt Hodo – into one event they call the Nagatoro Winter Flower Story. But the period for both is a little different, except for one weekend. I have information for the wintersweet festival in its own post here, so this post concentrates on the plum blossom festival as part of the Winter Flower Story event.

Nagatoro Winter Flower Story 2024

The poster with details for the 2023 winter flower story event in Nagatoro that merges the Hodosan Plum Blossom and wintersweet events
The 2024 Winter Flower Story in Nagatoro

The Nagatoro Winter flower story is on from Saturday January 20th to Sunday March 17th 2024. Within that there are two festivals:

Wintersweet Festival

The wintersweet festival is on from January 20th to February 25th 2024. During the period of the festival they will light up the wintersweet on Saturdays and public holidays, starting from January 27th. The illumination is turned on at dusk and will remain on until 7 pm. In addition, the Hodosan ropeway will run late on those nights. Normally the last ropeway is at 5.20 pm, but when the wintersweet are lit up it will operate until 7 pm.

Mt Hodo Wintersweet grove

The Nagatoro Hodosan Wintersweet Garden at the summit of Mt Hodo. There are approximately 3000 wintersweet in the park. In full bloom they not only look pretty, but smell gorgeous too. We visited in 2019 and it was one of my favorite memories of the year.

Plum Blossom Festival

The plum blossom festival overlaps with the wintersweet festival for one weekend as it is on from Friday February 23rd to Sunday March 17th 2024. There is usually a daily hiking event to the plum blossoms for most of the plum blossom festival period. That information is not yet confirmed for 2024. They request you ask for further information, between 9.30 and 11 am, at the Nagatoro Tourism office. It is a free event. Participants receive a map with coupons.

Nagatoro Plum Blossoms

There is a plum blossom grove on Mt Hodo as well as a weeping plum garden at Nagatoro Fudoji, which is located by the base station of the Mt Hodo Ropeway.

Mt Hodo Plum Blossom Grove

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From the official Nagatoro tourism website

There are approximately 470 plum blossoms of 170 varieties in the Mt Hodo Plum Blossom Grove. It is located beside the wintersweet grove. The plum blossoms tend to bloom from around mid February. You can usually see wintersweet and plum blossoms side by side for about two weeks from mid February. They often bloom until mid March.

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Nagatoro winter flower story Information

Event: Nagatoro Winter Flower Story – Nagatoro wintersweet and plum blossom festivals 長瀞冬の花物語2023 ~ 長瀞ロウバイ&梅まつり2024

Dates: from January 20th to March 17th 2024. The plum blossom festival is from Friday February 23rd until March 17th. The light up starts from January 27th is on Saturdays and holidays until the 25th of February.

Time: from 10 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays and until 7 pm on Saturdays and public holidays.

Cost: free, but the ropeway is charged – see access paragraph below.

Venue: Mt Hodo Wintersweet and Plum Blossom Grove – see map at the bottom of the post.

Access

There is a free shuttle bus service daily during the period of the flower festival. The bus goes from Nagatoro station to the ropeway station at the foot of the Mt Hodo. On weekdays you can get it between the hours of 10 am and 4.40 pm; generally one runs every 30 minutes or so. On weekends it operates between 9.40 am and 5 pm.

You can take the ropeway up Mt Hodo to get to the Wintersweet garden during the day. And until 7pm when the light up is on. The ropeway costs 820 yen round trip (410 yen one way) for anyone over six years old. Usually in winter the ropeway only runs on weekends, but during the period of the flower festival they are planning to run it daily. Official website.

Nagatoro Tourist Association Website.

Things to do in the area:

2018/2019.01.05

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