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.
Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula
Atami Plum Garden Festival
The Atami Plum Garden Festival is annually held from mid- January to early March with thousands of visitors attending the festivities.
Kanto | Tokyo | Central Tokyo
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the best and oldest Japanese gardens in Tokyo.