Check out Flower Festivals on Japan
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH TULIP FESTIVAL & (Nagasaki prefecture): Through April 17; enjoy a million tulips are in full bloom during the day and also illumination in the evening at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL: Through March 26; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and this annual festival is held when camellia is in full bloom. During Oshima Camellia Festival, ferry available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association; 04992-2-2177, Tokai Kisen (ferry): 03-5472-9999.
ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 5; earliest blossoms in Japan; at the Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city; 300 yen adult, free children; 0557-85-2222.
KAWAZU CHERRY BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 10; 8,000 cherry trees along the River Kawazu are in full bloom and are illuminated between 6-9 p.m. during the event; Kawazu Station on Izu-Kyuko-Line; 0558-32-0290; www.town.kawazu.shizuoka.jp/english/.
SHINRIN KOEN FLOWER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through April 2, 500 plum trees in 120 varieties will be in full bloom from mid-February until early March, followed by 1,000 cherry blossom’s full bloom in early April; seven-minute bus ride from Shinrin Koen Station on Tobu-Line; 410 yen for adults, 80 yen for children; 0493-57-2111; www.shinrin-koen.go.jp/english/.
MITO KAIRAKUEN PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Feb. 18- March 31,6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mito Kairakuen, was built by Nariaki Tokugawa in 1842, among the most popular gardens in Japan to appreciate the plum blossoms, has 3,000 trees with white and red blossoms, also open-air tea ceremony available on Sundays at 10 a.m.-3 p.m., along with live concerts and more, and night illumination at Kodokan and the main gate areas is schedule until 8 p.m. on March 3-20; free; JR Mito station on Jyoban-Line (JR Kairakuen Station on Jyoban-Line, only local or rapid trans stop during the festival)/20-minute ride from Mito I.C. on Jyoban Express; 029-244-5454; www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/index.html.
NARITA PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Feb. 18-March 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Plum blossoms in Narita-san Koen and at Narita-san Shinshoji Temple, along with live performance by Japanese traditional music instrument koto, open-air tea services and more; 15-minute walk from JR Narita Station; 0476-22-2102; www.nrtk.jp/lang/en/index.html.
MOUNT TSUKUBA PLUM FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Feb. 25-March 20; enjoy 1,000 plum in bloom on the hillside of Mount Tsukuba; 40-minute bus ride from Tsukuba Express Tsukuba Station; 029-869-8333.
OGOSE PLUM FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 18-March 20; enjoy 1,000 plum trees in bloom, in which there are some 650 year-old plum trees and wild white-colored plum at Ogose Bairin; 30-minute ride from Tsurugashima I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 049-292-1451.
HARUNA PLUM FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): March 19, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m..; enjoy over 120,000 plum trees in bloom in hilly terrain on the food of Mount Haruna; along with live performances, free food including plum udon (noodle), pickled plum, plum mixtured rice and plum juice available, also carriage ride and more at the front yard of Haruna Bunka Kaikan, Takasaki city; 50-minute ride from Takasaki I.C. on Kanetsu Express; the best time to view on late February and early March; 027-374-5111.
OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2017: Through May 7; at Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.
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