The first thing that’ll come to mind when you hear of the term Flower Viewing in Japan would probably be none other than the famous Sakura or cherry blossoms. One of the most well-known symbols of Japan and the sign of spring in the country. Also, most of the cherry blossoms on average start to bloom during late March in Tokyo.
However, there’s another way to go flower viewing in Tokyo that’s a month earlier than the norm. Ume or plum flowers bloom earlier than cherry blossoms and their beauty are also comparable to them. So, if you’d like to go and check them out, here are 3 Tokyo sites to go to an early flower viewing!
Koishikawa Korakuen, adjacent to Tokyo Dome City, is popularly visited during spring and autumn for its display of sakura and fall leaves. But during February, Koishikawa Korakuen also displays a beautiful array of plum trees in its garden with a festival that takes place from February 11 to March 6 for an admission fee of 300 yen.
Kyodo no Mori Museum is located on the west side of Tokyo in Fuchu and there are about 1,100 plum trees that bloom beautifully from the second week of February and also showcase plum trees that bloom yellow flowers. There is also an admission fee of 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for middle gradeschoolers and below, and kids aged 4 years old and below are free of charge.
There are so many places where you can check out early flower viewing but you can opt to choose from these locations in Tokyo from February. Plum (Ume) flowers are both beautiful and fragrant and the red ones are overwhelmingly lovely so make sure to check them out!