Ume plum blossom in Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima

Shukkeien Garden’s ume plum blossoms are pretty in pink, yellow, and white, especially if you can catch them on a sunny day.

Ume blossoms at Shukkeien Garden

Shukkei-en Garden‘s ume plum grove has 136 plum trees of 19 varieties, all of which have their own colors and characteristics.

Some of their earlier blossoms come into bloom around mid-February and different varieties blossom at different times until early to mid-March. Pretty precursors to the sakura cherry blossoms, they bring some welcome color to the final weeks of winter.

Ume plum blossoms at Shukkeien Garden

While the cherry blossoms bring out a national urge to pull out the blue vinyl sheets and picnic under the trees, ume blossoms tend be enjoyed from a slight distance, viewed from a bench.

Ume plum blossoms at Shukkei en Garden

If you can time your visit with a sunny day, the ume grove is gorgeous. The contrast of the flowers against the backdrop of the deep green of the garden’s pine trees and clear blue sky is very dramatic. As the weather warms up, you will also see distinctive mejiro “white eye” birds flitting among the branches.

Ume plum blossoms at Shukkeien Garden

The garden’s annual ume blossom tea ceremony is held in mid-February and the momo peach blossom viewing tea ceremony is in mid-March.

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.