Go On an Outing Filled with Vivid Plum Blossoms and Camellia Flowers

The Wild Camellia Grove of Mt. Kasayama (Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)

On the north side of low-altitude Mt. Kasayama, there is a 10-hectare (24-acre) grove of some 25,000 wild camellias. These flowers remain in bloom for an extended period from early December to late March, at their most beautiful after mid-February. Combine the vivid sight of endless camellias in bloom with a local stage performance event (the Hagi Camellia Festival). Walk the promenade set up through the grove and ascend the observation deck to get a view of the entire region and the Sea of Japan beyond. The camellia bloom can be affected by climate conditions, but even after the flowers fall, a gorgeous carpet of petals provides extended enjoyment.

[Address] Toragasaki, Koshigahama, Higashi Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

[Getting There] Take the JR San’in Main Line to Higashi Hagi station. Catch the local bus for 13 minutes to Koshigahama.

Some of the Rarest Camellias in the World (Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture)

Tamanoura camellias of Goto City
Tamanoura camellias of Goto City

Camellia petals are usually completely crimson, but the Tamanoura camellias which bloom every February in Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture, are famous world wide among the flower’s fans for their white and red two-tone appearance. Goto Camellia Forest Park, which was designated a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society in March 2010, boasts 2,000 flowers in 260 varieties including the famed Tamanoura.

Goto Camellia Forest Park (Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

The camellia garden of Komuroyama Park on the Ito Peninsula presents flower lovers with an incredible 4,000 flowers in 1,000 varieties across an area of 15,000m2 (161,458ft2). The bloom spans the beginning of November to late April, with a backdrop of Mt. Fuji visible from a special viewing area.

[Getting There] From JR Ito station take the Tokai bus bound for Komuroyama lift approximately 25 minutes and get off at Komuroyama Tsubaki (Camellia) Park.

Plum Blossoms and Fukuoka Castle at Maizuru Park (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture)

The grounds of Maizuru Park, where the main enclosure of Fukuoka Castle once stood, are host to more than 300 varieties of plum blossom in white, pink, and red. The blossoms bloom from late January to late March, filling the park with fragrant aroma.

Suzuka no Mori Garden (Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture)

The kureha plum blossoms of early spring, with their large pink flowers and weeping form is a stunning sight to behold. The flowers are illuminated after 5 p.m.

Suzuka no Mori Garden

[Period] Saturday Feb. 17 – Saturday, March 31 2018 (tentative)

[Address] Yamamoto-cho 151-2, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture

[Getting There] Take the Yunoyama Line from Kintetsu-Yokkaichi Station to Komono Station (20 minutes). Suzuka Forest Garden is 15 minutes from Komono Station by taxi.

On your trip to Japan this winter or next spring, take in the sights of plum blossoms and camellia flowers!