A perfect day at Ikegami Plum Garden in 2022

I got back to Ikegami Plum Garden after a two-year break.  It was good to go there.  Nothing much had changed, to be honest.  Well, the weather was great, as were the plum blossoms.  So, yes, it was a perfect day.  And I got some pretty good pictures.

What was my photo gear for this event?

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lenses: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR and Fujifilm XF 55-200 mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

How was the Ikegami Plum Garden in 2022 photography experience?

In 2020, I said Ikegami Plum Garden reminded me of Mogusaen. It is on the side of a hill. In this case, a much smaller hill! It’s not that high, and there were stairs. So getting to the top wasn’t a problem.

That’s where the similarities with Mogusaen ended. There was no Mount Fuji to enjoy, no stunning vista. I could only see suburban Tokyo, houses, and apartment buildings from the hill.

Anyway, that wasn’t important. The plum blossoms were the stars. Everyone concentrated on them. They were in full bloom and looked exceptional.

And fortunately, there was little wind. That made photography easy. I appreciated it as I like to do handheld bracketing. With the flowers hardly moving, my pictures turned out rather well.

I took three lenses with me, the 16-55 mm, 55-200 mm, and 10-24 mm. In the end, there was no need for the last one so I didn’t use it. Seeing the flowers in perfect condition reinforced the feeling that I needed a macro lens. After many years of saying that, I’m going to make it happen soon.

Where is Ikegami Plum Garden?

The park is only a ten-minute walk from Nishi-Magome Station on the Toei-Asakusa Line. Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Entry fee


Wrapping up

Ikegami Plum Garden is as good as any other plum blossom garden in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.  The only problem is the view from the hill, but that won’t change!  Another good thing is that Ikegami-Honmonji temple is only a short walk away.  Please leave any comments or questions below. 

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