Spring Time In Japan: Plum and Cherry Blossoms

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Spring time in Japan is beautiful.  It begins in March with a preamble of the blooming of the Plum trees.  The main event is early April with the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms).

This Spring I had the pleasure to attend 3 Hamuri (Spring festivals to celebrate and view the Cherry Blossoms).

cherry1.jpgWhile the Cherry Blossoms are only out for about two weeks in early April, the Hamuri will take place throughout the country with or without the Blossoms and should not be missed.

Some of the best places to view the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo are listed below:

Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival is the most well known and one of the most beautiful locations to view the blossoms.

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Amazake Alley Cherry Blossom Festival

Amazake Yokocho 

Bokutei Cherry Blossom Festival

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is the location of the samurai residence of the Naito family.

Jindai Botanical Garden Camellia and Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cherry Blossom viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

Sumida River Cherry Festival

Rikugi-En Garden

However, you will see them almost everywhere and each small town will have their own Hamuri.

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