Enjoy Spring a Little Early! 7 Shrines in Tokyo with Plum Blossoms
Plum blossoms herald the beginning of spring in Japan. They're very similar to cherry blossoms, but are somewhat cuter looking. They have distinctive round petals and a mild fragrance. Shrines with the name "tenjin" or "tenmangu" often have plum trees growing on the grounds, and you can enjoy plum blossoms in Tokyo for about a month, starting in early February. Here are 7 shrines to check out for their plum trees.