Best time to travel to Japan

Ume Blossom

The beautiful though often underappreciated blossoms of Japanese plum or apricot are one of the first signs of spring

Ume Blossom in Japan - Best Time
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Makoto Okuda

There are lots of festivals dedicated to ume blossoms. Its gorgeous pinkish flowers attract a lot of attention at different shrines and temples across Japan. In the Tokyo area ume start to bloom as soon as the beginning of February, while in Kairakuen park (Ibaraki prefecture) it doesn't appear until late February. Coming around mid-February is your best chance to appreciate these beautiful flowers. The bloom also kicks off Hanami season as with its appearance comes the spirit of spring.

Ume Blossom in Japan - Best Season
Best time for Ume Blossom in Japan
Red Ume Blossoms and Traditional Red in Kyoto
Red Ume Blossoms and Traditional Red in Kyoto

Ume Blossom Map & Location