Before the Heian Period the plum (Ume) tree was the center for hanami (flower viewing) until it changed to cherry blossoms. The flower usually starts blooming in February and continues until March.
Kyushu | Fukuoka | Dazaifu
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
A Shinto Shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane who was associated to Tenjin, the god of education
Kanto | Ibaraki | Mito
Kairakuen garden is one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.