weeping plum(Shidare ume) is very beautiful!


Written by aki

shidareume(weeping plum)

If there’s one thing you should see in February in Japan, it’s plum blossoms!

plum in japan

From mid-February to early March, the plum blossoms are in full bloom in many parts of Japan.

The lovely flowering plum trees have captured the hearts of the Japanese people, and breeding and improvement of varieties have been carried out since ancient times.
Today, it is estimated that there are more than 300 varieties of plum trees!


Have you ever heard of a type of plum called “weeping plum(Shidare ume)”?

about shidareume


It is characterized by its radiating, drooping branches.


The weeping plum(Shidare ume) trees, which bloom as if they are spilling over, are very popular as ornamental flowers.

Not only are they gorgeous when they are in full bloom, but they are also very beautiful when they fall like a carpet!


This time, I’d like to introduce you to some “weeping plum(Shidare ume)” spots in Japan!


1.Suzuka Forest Garden

The Suzuka Forest Garden is located in Suzuka City, Mie.


When the season comes, about 200 plum trees bloom beautifully.

Suzuka Forest Garden

It is not a garden created for tourism purposes, but is operated to study the culture of cultivating beautiful weeping plum trees and to preserve them for future generations.

suzuka forest park

There are many different varieties growing in the garden, so it’s fun to take a closer look at the shape of each flower and compare the differences.

suzuka forest park

It is also lit up at night.
The large, beautiful, vivid flowers blooming in the dark are very fantastic!

suzuka forest park night



The way the plum blossoms have fallen is also very nice and looks like a carpet of flowers.


Suzuka City, where the Suzuka Forest Garden is located, has a vast mountain range called the Suzuka Mountains.

The contrast between the majestic mountain scenery and the gorgeous plum blossoms is another unique feature of the Suzuka Forest Garden.


It’s like a painting!


2.Yuki Shrine

More than 300 weeping plum trees bloom in spring at Yuki Shrine in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.

It is also close to Suzuka Forest Garden.


The lovely plum blossoms are a perfect match for the Japanese atmosphere of the shrine. It is also a very popular photo spot.

Yuki Shrine

Some people come here early in the morning to take pictures, it’s a famous plum blossom spot!

I heard that foreign tourists often visit this place.



Jonangu is located in Kyoto, one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations.


This is an easily accessible spot that can be reached by bus directly from Kyoto Station.



During the plum blossom season, about 150 red and white plum trees can be seen, and the lovely camellias also bloom!

You can see a beautiful feast of plum blossoms and camellias.



The well-maintained grounds are picturesque everywhere you look.



The full bloom is nice, but the way the petals fall is also beautiful.

The sight of plum blossoms wet from a bit of rain, or in a solemn atmosphere under cloudy skies, is also an attractive sight.


Depending on the weather and blooming conditions at the time of your visit, you can enjoy a variety of viewing options.


How was the view of the plum trees?

Japan has a variety of flowers that bloom in each of the four seasons. I will be introducing them again on this blog, so please come and take a look.



Hello! I live in a place called Shiga, Japan. I'm not very good at English, but I'm writing this blog in the hope that I can convey some of Japan's beautiful places and delicious food to people overseas.