If you are looking for a quiet place to view the ume, or plum blossoms, and you are visiting Yamanashi prefecture, Furouen in Sakaori would be a fine choice.
The festival is held from Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, March 5th in peak plum blossom season.
In Japan, plum blossoms mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. There are many famous spots to view the beautiful red, pink and white plum blossoms.
Bizen City is about an hour’s drive to the east of Okayama City. According to some Japanese friends, it’s apparently an uninteresting place to live. But it’s definitely great for sightseeing because even an Okayama City resident like me would go there almost every season.
Plum blossoms or ume (梅) as they are called in Japan were first introduced to Japan from China. They start to bloom during the peak of winter in February here in central Japan which is still a very cold time, but they signal the start of spring and the promise of warmer days ahead.