February 17 (Sat.) – 18 (Sun.), 2024


What is the Sugita Plum Festival?

During the Tensho period (1573-92), Lord Nobushige Mamiya, then governor of the territory planted many plums trees in the deserted area of Sugita village where people find no use for farming,

Since then, this place, Sugita became known as popular sightseeing spot for it’s beautiful plum blossoms and was visited by many tourists from all over the country and finally drew the attention of famous Ukiyoe painter, Utagawa Hiroshige and was added to his collection as “Plum Grove in Bushu Sugita”.

However, a few hundreds years from EDO period, the majority of the plum grove got aged and deteriorated by salt or other environmental factors and eventually by the end of the Meiji period, the majority of the original beauty was almost lost.

Bushu-Sugita Plum Grove

Date of production: 1852, Artist’s name/Utagawa Hiroshige (first generation) / Painting by Hiroshige

Sugita’s plum grove no longer retained its original beauty, however at its peak time in EDO Genroku period (1688-1704), 36,000 plum trees were in full bloom in the best season. In the late Edo period (1603-1868), the beauty of Sugita plum grove was often mentioned in books and travel guides which generated more visitors of sightseers, writers and painters. This specific painting displays the scenery of beautiful ladies strolling in the village of Sugita to appreciate plum blossoms in full bloom. In the background, the tip of Honmoku, Kanazawa are partially visible, and the Boso Peninsula is drawn in very far distance.

This year is the third attempt of the Sugita Plum Festival under the support of the tourism agency in search of the renaissance of original beauty of Sugita plum grove. Please come and enjoy the grand view of over 100 plum trees, including the historic beauty of weeping Plum Trees named Sho Sui Bai which was highly appreciated by Empress Shoken and her mother Empress Eisho, who were immediate families of the Meiji Emperor.

Displays of Sugita Plum Grove

Sugita Plum Festival Highlights
(video of February 2023 event)

Introduction of performers

Revival of the lively Sugita Plum Grove! Songs and Dances of Yokohama Geisha
Yokohama Geigi Association

Mini live



by the Kodo Fife Club Umebayashi Elementary School

MDS Brass Band Performance

Sugita Elementary School

Children gather around! Let’s dance to see if the plum blossoms have bloomed!

Yokohama Geigi Association

Collaboration of Yokohama Geisha and Satokagura

The Society for the Study of Sato-Kagura and Kamishiro-Kagura

Saxophone performance

Junichi Watanabe

Mini live performance

Hiromi Satsuki, Kazuko Sakuraba, Hajime Masaki

Performance of “Plum Wine Drinking Doji” Theatre Company

“Yokozuna Chu Chu”

Tsugaru Shamisen

Esashi Ieaki

Jazz performance

by The night cruisers

Taiko Live

Mirai Taiko Dojo

Event schedule


Shishimai (Lion Dance)


Opening Ceremony


Revival of the lively Sugita Plum Grove! Songs and Dances of Yokohama Geisha

Sugita Plum Grove used to be one of the best plum viewing spots in the Kanto area. Yokohama geisha will recreate the lively atmosphere of those days with songs and dances associated with Yokohama!


ALLaNHiLLZ Opening Mini Live

A twin unit consisting of Takumi Ide (Vo.) and Tadashi Ide (Vo., Gt) from Saku City, Nagano Prefecture.


Umebayashi Elementary School Fife and Drum Club Performance

We will play with all our hearts.


Performance by MDS Brass Band, Sugita Elementary School

We want to bring smiles to everyone’s faces with our performance.


Collaboration of Yokohama Geisha and Satokagura

Songs and dances will be performed, including”Ume wa sakita ka,” “Shichifukujin,” “Isogo Kouta,” and “Hama jiman(boast of Yokohama),” all of which are associated with Yokohama. Please enjoy the Ebisu-Daikoku and Fukuju dances, which have been popular deities in Sugita since a long time ago, as well as Shishimai (Lion dance) and experience the dance.


Saxophone performance by Junichi Watanabe

The three members are specially organized for this plum festival.



Yokohama Geisha and ALLaNHiLLZ are proud to present a collaboration between Yokohama Geisha and ALLaNHiLLZ.

General map of the venue


Myohoji Temple

This temple has a long history in Sugita. In the Edo period, Sugita Plum Grove was widely known as a famous plum grove. Myoho-ji Temple, the center of the plum grove, was crowded with plum-viewers, and is also the family temple of Mamiya Nobushige, the creator of the plum grove. In early spring, more than 100 plum trees, including the famous Shidare-bai (weeping plum tree), bloom, delighting visitors to this day.

How to get to the venue

3-15, Sugita 5-chome, Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 235-0033, Japan
Google Map

10 minutes walk from Keihin Kyuko Sugita Station and JR Shin-Sugita Station.
Please come by public transportation such as train bus.
(No public parking available)

Sugita, a town of plums MAP


Sugita Plum Grove, a phantom Sugita Plum Grove, “Ume no Machi Sugita” Executive Committee for the restoration of the liveliness of the Sugita Plum Grove.


Shoren Ueda
(Chairman, Plum Road Sugita Shopping Arcade)

Vice President

Jie Matsumoto
(Resident, Myohoji Temple, Mt. Gyuto)

Vice President

Yukiko Ichihara
(Representative of Yokohama Shun-Na-Ka, LLC)

Executive Director

Hidehiko Ichihara
(Vice President of Yokohama Shun-Na-Ka, LLC)

Special Cooperation




Keikyu Department Store Co.


Gyuto-san Myoho-ji Temple

Delis Architectural Institute Co.

Le Reve Ceremony Co.

Anzai Stone Co.

Mizuho Securities Kamiooka Branch

Limited Liability Company Yokohama Shun-Na-Ka

Measures to Prevent New Coronavirus Infection

The event will be held to prevent infectious diseases. Please come wearing a mask. Please note that the event may be canceled or its content may be changed depending on the future situation. Please understand this in advance.


What are the hours of the Sugita Plum Festival?

Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2024, 10:15-16:30.

Is admission to the Sugita Plum Festival free?

Yes, admission is free.

Are the stage events free of charge?

All stage events held on the Myohoji Temple grounds are free of charge.

Is there a parking lot?

No general parking is available. Please use public transportation such as trains and buses.

Will the event be held in case of rain?

Yes, in case of light rain, the event will be held (see website for details).

Is it safe to take measures against corona infections?

The event will be held as a countermeasure against infectious diseases. Please wear a mask. Please note that the event may be canceled or the content may be changed depending on the infection situation. Please understand this in advance.

Is there a heating system?

No, Please dress warmly.

Is there an official Instagram?