Traditional Japanese skills carried on for future generations.
Suzuka Forest Garden features a collection of precious weeping Japanese plum trees. Many of them are Kureha Shidare and some are classified in the largest class in Japan. This is a research and cultivation farm that enables the Japanese traditional cultivation skills to be handed on to future generations. The garden is open to the public only while the plum trees are blooming in the early spring. In the night time illumination period, you can enjoy a spectacular view of about 200 magnificent plum trees in bloom lit up beautifully.
Scheduled to be open from Late February to Mid March every year.
The following is the information for 2022. About the Weeping Plum Festival 2023, please wait to be updated.
From Saturday, 19 February until 25 March, 2022
* Depending on the blossoming condition or social situation, the garden may be closed even in the period. Please check before coming.
Normal opening hours: 9:00 to 16:00Night time illumination period: 9:00 to 20:30
* Last admission is at 15:30 or 20:00.
* Entrance fees may change depending on the condition of the flowers in bloom.
* Please check our Twitter (@akatsukagarden) for the latest information on the entrance fees.
* Re-entry is basically not possible.
Yamamoto-cho 151-2, Suzuka, Mie 519-0315
Car navigation search map code: 213 718 475
* The garden’s name in Japanese is “Suzuka no Mori Teien.”
|Restrooms||Temporary restrooms are located inside and outside the garden, including wheelchair-accessible restrooms, though they are simplified ones.|
|Wheelchairs||Rental wheelchairs are available for free of charge on a first-come basis at the entrance.
* A person who pushes the wheelchair is needed as the ground is covered with gravel and there are some slopes in the garden.
|Requests to Visitors||
|Health and Safety Measures||
We ask for the cooperation of Visitors as follows to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus infection.
Suzuka Forest Garden locates far from major railway stations. If you take a taxi at the stations, it is recommended that you reserve a taxi beforehand.
In 2022, Mie Kotsu Company provided paid shuttle bus service between JR Yokkaichi Station and the Garden via Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station only for a limited period. For further information, please see the leaflet below.
Night Time Illumination
Please check our Twitter (@akatsukagarden) for the latest information on the night time illumination. Please come wearing warm clothes as it gets very cold at night.
Miharashidai (View Point)
The best spot to view the entire garden and the Suzuka mountain range that forms the perfect background including Mt. Shaka on a clear day.
Shidare Plum flaked in snow
Only once in a few years do the blooming of the plum trees and a snowfall coincide. The rose-colored plum blossoms stand out over the silvery backdrop.
Tsurushima (Crane Island) & Kamejima (Turtle Island)
Tales abound of Cranes and Turtles as the friends of enlightened mountain wizards and they are often figuratively referred to for the placement of rocks in Japanese Garden design. Suzuka Forest Garden’s design features spectacular plum trees upon the backs of these Crane and Turtle Islands.
Tennoryu (Dragon of the Heavens) & Chinoryu (Dragon of the Earth)
The Garden features Kureha Shidare most prominently with magnificent specimens such as Tennoryu and Chinoryu, which are estimated to be over 100 years old and considered as the most ancient type in Japan.
Christmas Rose Path
During the cold months of spring, Christmas Rose cuddle their flowers with sweet aroma.
It is one of the earliest varieties of rhododendrons and blooms at the same time as weeping plums. White and dark pink flowers make the Garden even more gorgeous.
Typically blooming from the middle of February until early March, Kureha features medium-sized pink blossoms around 2.5 cm with multilayered petals. At full bloom the flower edges turn white.
This early blooming plum features a flourish of multilayered petals that can be enjoyed longer. The medium blossom flowers are strong and gradually transform from a reddish color into a whitish flower as blooms progress.
When it blooms, the back side of the petals turns pale red, so the contrast of the front and back of the petals is beautiful. The tree height is about 3 to 6 meters.
Blooming longer from the middle of February until the middle of March, this is a popular variety to be grown at home in containers. Fujibotan features medium-sized pink blossoms around 2.5 cm with multilayered petals. Before blooming the buds are purplish.
Blooming from the middle of February until early March, Kagoshima Beni features medium-sized shocking red blossoms around 2.5 cm. The petals are flat rather than wavy and the plentiful stamen are also the same shocking red color. This is a very popular representative of the red plum.
Generally blooming later, from the end of February until the middle of March, they feature medium-sized blossoms around 2.5 cm in a surprising multitude of pink, red and white colors.
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