Famous Places of the Tokyo Metropolis, Illustration of Umeyashiki (Tōto Meisho Umeyashiki no Zu)
Painted by Utagawa Yoshikazu 1853 (Kaei 6) Tokyo Shiryō Collection 0531-C29

Umeyashiki in Kameido (Kōtō Ward) was a resort in the outskirts visited in the Edo period by many people and famed especially for its plum trees. We can see in this painting how tea houses were set up and how many people came to enjoy plum tree viewing.

Umeyashiki, was so-called after the many plum trees that were planted in the country house garden known as Seiko-an of Hikoemon Iseya, the merchant originally from Honjo (Sumida Ward). Of these plums, one stock called 'Garyubai', said to have been so named by Mitsukuni Mito, was very famous.
This area continued to be full of viewers coming to view the plum trees even into Meiji times when it received an imperial visit by the Meiji Emperor. Unfortunately the coastal areas of Kameido-cho, Ojima-cho, Sunamura, etc became inundated in the Great Flood of Sumida which broke out in 1910 (43rd year of Meiji) and the plum trees of Umeyashiki were all ruined and the garden was deserted.