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Chita-City Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)

Date : 02/10/2018 - 03/11/2018


  • Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)
  • Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)
  • Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)
  • Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)
  • Souri Lake Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)

No, those aren’t Sakura, but Plum Tree Blossoms "Ume", all a different kind of beautiful!

Around Souri-ike Lake in Chita-City is located the best plum grove in the whole prefecture, with approximately 5,400 trees representing 25 species, and a plum festival is held there from mid February until mid March, when the plum trees are in glorious bloom. The festival period includes various stage events, including the "Mino no Kuni Iwamura-jo Onna-daiko" troupe of female drummers from Iwamura-cho in Gifu Prefecture and performances of Intangible Folkloric Cultural Heritages such as "Owari Manzai", the traditional stand-up comedy shows and "Asakura no Hashigo-jishi".

Enjoy the gorgeous blossoms of the largest plum tree grove in entire Aichi Prefecture!

Souri Pond Plum Festival (Souri-ike Ume Matsuri)

Right before the celebrated Sakura cherry blossoms begin around the country, you can see the Plum Tree blossoms everywhere. Easy to spot by their stronger colors, those blooming trees have a beauty of their own which, some argue, are more attractive than the pale Sakura itself.

The most expansive orchard of plum trees in Aichi is the Souri Park, in the city of Chita, south of Nagoya. Decorated by 5,400 specimens of 25 varieties, this place becomes a wonderful sight starting in early spring. The trees are planted in a mixed fashion including early, mid and late bloomers, so you can enjoy a long flowering period of about a month. Like many other places, the city annually holds the Plum Festival, or "Ume Matsuri", but this one's vastness makes it the most impressive by far.

The plum trees at this place have a dramatic history. The Ise Bay Typhoon of 1959 affected it massively. Then, construction of a nearby dam inundated great part of the original trees. The local residents, with help from Aichi government, replanted and cared for lots of seedlings, thus returning the park to its current glory.

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Date : February 10th (Saturday) to March 11th (Sunday), 2018
Holding time : Souri Park (Souri Midoritohana no Fureai Koen)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location : 〒478-0018
3-101 Souridai, Chita-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Souri Park (Souri Midoritohana no Fureai Koen)
Fee : Free
Parking : Available
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 0562-33-3151(Chita City Tourism Association)
0562-54-2911(Park Administration)
Holidays : Monday (the following weekday if Monday is a public holiday), year-end and New Year's (December 28th to January 4th)

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Meitetsu Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu Tokoname Line, alight at Asakura Station and look for the Chita Bus running the Souri Line. Get off at Umenoyakataguchi and walk eastwards 5min.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Coming from the Chita Peninsula Toll Road (Chita-Hanto Road), exit the Higashiura-Chita I.C. turning right to head west by Route 24. After 1.5km, Route 24 level-crosses the Meitetsu Kowa Line railway and after the following intersection veers slightly to the right. Head northwest for 240m then turn left at the bifurcation and head towards the large power transmission line tower. Follow the road for 650m and turn left upon reaching the red-white transmission line tower, then turn right after 50m. Another 1.5km and the park will be to the left of the road.

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