The Atami Plum Garden Festival is held for two months from the second week of January to early March. Every year thousands of visitors from abroad take a visit to this plum garden during the festival time. The Atami Plum Garden 熱海梅園 (Atami Baien) is a beautiful garden with Japanese Ume plums located in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. There are 450 plum trees with 60 different varieties, with some over 100 years old. The trees are skillfully arranged on both sides of the Ui River stream. Plums of this garden bloom from beginning of January to the beginning of March which makes Atami Plum Garden one of the first Ume, Japanese Plum, spots to bloom every year in Japan. The Atami Plum Garden was built by a wealthy merchant named Mogi Sobeh, who planted plum trees there in 1866. There are also many azaleas and maple trees as well in the garden.