Hodosan Pulm Garden

Hodosan Pulm Garden, Nagatoro-machi: Address, Phone Number, Hodosan Pulm Garden Reviews: 4/5

Hodosan Pulm Garden
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Cherry Blossoms are pleasing to the eyes; Plum Blossoms are pleasing to the nose
Feb 2016
I never imagined that an orchard full of plum blossoms could smell so pleasant and add to the romance of a Valentine's day outing. Paris has reason to be envious! Plum blossoms were in full blossom on February 14. You can smell the wonderful sweet aroma from the plum blossoms walking all the way up from the Nagatoro train station to the Ropeway (Cable Car) station. And then combine the wonderful aromas with the vast mountain vistas in 360 panorama and valleys below. When you get off the Cable Car you walk further up the mountain to terraced lines of the plum trees with wide pathways and all well placed and easily navigable. There are many resting benches along the way and at the top of the mountain making this a very pleasant walk. The mountain is full of shady pine trees which I imagine to be appealing in the summer. Getting to the Plum Garden requires a quick local train ride from the main train station in Chichibu, about 7 train stops. I combined this with an overnight trip to a local Onsen so I had more time in the day to explore, already being in the area. Take the time to walk up from the train station and explore the handful of specialty stores, artisan cafe's and even some street vendors selling cuisine made from local or neighboring ingredients. There is even an antique vendor that is selling second rate wood cabinets of all styles and asian stacking boxes along with other novelty wood furniture at reasonable prices. Getting to Chichibu from Tokyo takes about 1 1/2 hours by express train on the Seibu Railway from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro. I left from Ikebukuro and returned to Shinjuku. The Seibu Group publishes a 4 season map which is in both English and Japanese which is extremely helpful and well diagramed (actually one of the better ones I've seen doing day trips from Tokyo). There are many easy to moderate outdoor attractions during all 4 seasons in Chichibu. However, I recommend some advance planning as some attractions are spread out and either requires a train ride or a short walk/hike from one to the other. And that is one of the pleasantries of this area of attractions; there are tourists, but the weekend I went there were far fewer crowds that I typically encounter at tourist attractions with manageable crowds, making the exploring very enjoyable....no fighting the crowds. My friend and I did the river boat tour, a very quick 30 minute enjoyable river tour. The guide spoke only Japanese and was speaking the entire time with lots of ah's and oohs, so it must have been very interesting. There are many other boat tours as well in the area which would provide more variety. From the Seibu Group tourist map I learned that there are festivals all year long and several shrines to visit; lots of rich culture and history to discover and explore. I went for the plum blossoms but this is a place you can go to at any time of the year. This would also be great place to do some cherry blossom viewing outside of Tokyo and the spring blooms.

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Neynon
Arlington, VA47 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
I never imagined that an orchard full of plum blossoms could smell so pleasant and add to the romance of a Valentine's day outing. Paris has reason to be envious! Plum blossoms were in full blossom on February 14. You can smell the wonderful sweet aroma from the plum blossoms walking all the way up from the Nagatoro train station to the Ropeway (Cable Car) station. And then combine the wonderful aromas with the vast mountain vistas in 360 panorama and valleys below. When you get off the Cable Car you walk further up the mountain to terraced lines of the plum trees with wide pathways and all well placed and easily navigable. There are many resting benches along the way and at the top of the mountain making this a very pleasant walk. The mountain is full of shady pine trees which I imagine to be appealing in the summer.

Getting to the Plum Garden requires a quick local train ride from the main train station in Chichibu, about 7 train stops. I combined this with an overnight trip to a local Onsen so I had more time in the day to explore, already being in the area. Take the time to walk up from the train station and explore the handful of specialty stores, artisan cafe's and even some street vendors selling cuisine made from local or neighboring ingredients. There is even an antique vendor that is selling second rate wood cabinets of all styles and asian stacking boxes along with other novelty wood furniture at reasonable prices.

Getting to Chichibu from Tokyo takes about 1 1/2 hours by express train on the Seibu Railway from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro. I left from Ikebukuro and returned to Shinjuku. The Seibu Group publishes a 4 season map which is in both English and Japanese which is extremely helpful and well diagramed (actually one of the better ones I've seen doing day trips from Tokyo). There are many easy to moderate outdoor attractions during all 4 seasons in Chichibu. However, I recommend some advance planning as some attractions are spread out and either requires a train ride or a short walk/hike from one to the other. And that is one of the pleasantries of this area of attractions; there are tourists, but the weekend I went there were far fewer crowds that I typically encounter at tourist attractions with manageable crowds, making the exploring very enjoyable....no fighting the crowds. My friend and I did the river boat tour, a very quick 30 minute enjoyable river tour. The guide spoke only Japanese and was speaking the entire time with lots of ah's and oohs, so it must have been very interesting. There are many other boat tours as well in the area which would provide more variety.

From the Seibu Group tourist map I learned that there are festivals all year long and several shrines to visit; lots of rich culture and history to discover and explore. I went for the plum blossoms but this is a place you can go to at any time of the year. This would also be great place to do some cherry blossom viewing outside of Tokyo and the spring blooms.
Written February 15, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

artchix17
USA32 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Great place for photographers. Paths allow you to weave among the stunted antique plum trees of many varieties, blossoming in February in various shades of pink and whites, and fragrant wintersweet, with pale yellow blossoms. The backdrop views of the surrounding mountains are lovely. Good walking shoes recommended. Even if you take the rope way to get there, paths are steep, especially if you want to see the summit of Hodosan, the nearby tiny shrine, and the animal park.
Written February 10, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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