Activities Around Khaosan Atami – See Ume Blossoms and Learn Japanese Culture in a Big Ume Park in Atami –
Hi everybody, today I introduce “Atami Ume Park” which is not very far from Khaosan Atami Onsen Ryokan & Hostel.
Ume (japanese apricot) blossoms are already blooming beautifully in Atami.
Atami is known for ume blossoms blooming earlier than any other place in Japan.
☟Ume blossoms in Atami Ume Park (19th February 2016)
I went to a Ume park where you can enjoy 59 different kinds of Ume blossoms.
Since there are 472 Ume trees in the park and they bloom at the different period,
You can see the flowers for two months, from January until the beginning of March.
Besides Ume trees, there is a river, and bridges. These make you feel as if you are in a Japanese garden.
Also there is an old Japanese house that you can actually go inside, feel comfortableness of a Tatami floor and see how Japanese people used to live.
☟This is called ‘Naga-hibachi’. This one was used as a heater or to boil water.
A Japanese composer, Shinpei Nakayama used to live here in 1940s.
Many old ladies who were visiting this house said that his music reminded them of their childhood.
During this ume blossoms event, local ladies are provide you some Japanese hot food.
This Ume park is not only for Ume. You can see beautiful lightning bugs flying by the river in June
and autumn leaves in November.
Since the park is quite big, it took me about 1 hour to look around at all the trees.
It’s worth seeing!
If you are not in a rush, you should try taking a foot bath which is inside the park after walking around there.
Atami Baien Park
During this Ume event, entrance fee is 300yen
Guests who are staying at Atami get discount: 300yen → 100yen
(After 4pm to next morning 8:30, it’s free!)
How to get there
From JR Atami station
Take a bus heading to ‘Ainohara houmen’, get off at ‘Baien’ bus stop: 15 min
By walk: 30 min
From JR Kinomiya station
By walk:10 min
Written by Aya