Atami Baien 熱海梅園
Atami Baien is enchanting in every season
The momiji, Japanese autumn leaves, come out in fall.
This stone marks the entrance to Atami Baien garden.
In the shade of plum trees
Around 730 plum trees flower every winter in this garden, designed in the late nineteenth century style.
These are some of Japan's first plum trees to blossom: from December to March you can discover the beautiful sights on offer at Atami Baien, with its 730 plum trees in bloom and on display for the enjoyment of its many visitors. It is said that the end of January is the best time to view them: a cup of tea in hand and a contemplative gaze are all that's required.
In every season
Of course, as is common in Japan, a garden is never appreciated for just for a single season, and in spring the park is also famous for its cherry blossoms, then later come the red maples in fall.
It's easy to feel intoxicated by the beauty of the premises. But in the shadow of a huge, two thousand year old camphor tree, is a small shrine half as young. This small shrine has an important mission in the land of sake - those who worship there want to do away with alcohol... In addition to the virtues of the shrine, it is believed that a walk around the old tree extends a person's life by a year!
Extend your visit by visiting the garden's other delights, such as Umemi-no-taki, a man-made waterfall. Take the opportunity to enjoy this typical Japanese garden: carefully pruned trees, bridges, ponds, and legendary cleanliness (even fallen leaves are immediately removed by the gardeners).