Vol.178:Weeping plum and camellia festival

We can’t wait for spring.
February means the first day of spring.
This is also the time when plums begin to bloom.
When the plum blossoms bloom, we can feel the early arrival of spring.
There are many famous plum blossom spots in Kyoto.
I would like to introduce one of these, “Weeping Plum and Camellia Festival” at Jonangu Shrine, which has been attracting attention in recent years.

Weeping plum and camellia festival

Jonangu Shrine is located in Rakunan, Kyoto, and has been popular as a shrine for warding off evil spirits and misfortune.
There is the flower Garden around the main shrine, which is also known as a famous spot for seasonal flowers.
There are about 150 weeping plum trees in the garden, and they are very popular.
The plum blossoms at Jonangu Shrine are said to be the most beautiful in Kyoto.
During the festival, it is said that as many as 9,000 people visit on the busiest day.
Jonangu Shrine is also known as a famous spot for camellias.
Camellias also bloom at the same time as plums, so one of the festival’s special features is that you can admire the garden filled with plums and camellias.
The contrast between the white and pale pink plums, the crimson fallen camellias, and the green moss is a beauty that cannot be expressed in words.
The highlight of camellias is not only the number of them, but also the 32 different varieties.
From December to March, flowers such as “Otome Camellia”, “Jonan Camellia”, and “Hikaru Genji Camellia” are in full bloom.
During the festival, you can buy the specialty “camellia mochi”.
The annual event “Weeping Plum and Camellia Festival” will be held from February 18th to March 22nd, 2024.
The flowering status is constantly updated on the website, so please be sure to check it when you go out.
It seems that the admission fee and viewing area for this year’s “Weeping Plum and Camellia Festival” will change.

Before going out, please check the latest information on the website etc.

Information of “Weeping Plum and Camellia Festival” at Jonangu Shrine

7, Nakajima Toba Rikyumachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Visiting hours:
9:00-16:30 (Reception closes at 16:00)
Admission fee:
Adults (junior high school students and above):1,000 yen
Elementary school student:600 yen
A fifteen-minute walk from Takeda Station on the Subway Karasuma Line

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