Cherry blossoms, which bloom in spring in Japan, started blooming as early as January in Atami.
The plum blossoms at the Atami Plum Orchard are blooming very nicely.
It was cold this year, so the plum blossoms can be enjoyed until mid-March.
The plum trees in this garden are planted deliberately in such steps so that they bloom at different time phases - early, middle and late - so that visitors can enjoy plum flowers longer during the Plum Blossom Festival.
During your visit, you may find trees either not yet in bloom or had passed the blooming phase and wonder, “when is the best time for viewing plum blossoms?”
Most plum trees are middle blooming types; thus, the best plum-blossom viewing is from late January to early February.
Still, unlike cherry blossoms, you cannot expect to view full-bloomed plum trees in endless stretches: so don’t be disappointed!