Plum Blossoms or Ume in Japanese is a sister plant of the famous Cherry Blossoms but it’s different. There’s a thin line between the both of them. Usually in Japan, plum blossoms appear in late winter (end of February) to early spring (first week of March). How to tell the difference between Plum Blossoms and Cherry Blossoms? Cherry Blossoms petals have a small split at the end while Plum Blossoms have not. Cherry Blossoms have a few flowers out in it’s bud but Plum Blossoms have only one. Cherry Blossoms have green leaves and most of the time Plum Blossoms have purple leaves. You might want to check out some spots for Plum Blossoms viewing in case you’ve arrived to early for Cherry Blossoms, or if you’re just like me, who can’t help but adore them.
Where to Find Plum Blossoms?
1. Ushi Tenjin Temple. I walked from Iidabashi station to Ushi Tenjin Temple but the closest station would be “Korakuen”. Drop by if you’re looking for plum blossoms in Tokyo, first week of March is the perfect time to visit! It’s a small but very beautiful temple named after “Ushi” or cow in Japanese. These photos were taken last February 27, 2015 and the plum blossoms haven’t fully bloomed yet.
Ushi Tenji Temple’s address: 1-5-2 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number: 03 3812 1862