Plum blossom festival (ume matsuri)
8 February – 8 March 2020
Yushima tenmangu (Yushima tenjin) Shrine
Yushima tenman-gu, popularly called Yushima tenjin, is a Shinto sanctuary that enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane (845-903, scholar, poet and politician), known as the patron of academic endeavours.
Plum blossom festival (ume-matsuri) at Yushima Tenjin
Yushima tenjin Shrine has a lovely plum garden, which attracts many visitors during the blossoming season early in the year.
Most of the plum trees in the garden will flower with delicate white blossoms. They are dotted by pink and red flower species.
“Ume matsuri” or Plum blossom festival will take place when some 300 Japanese plum trees in the garden burst into bloom.
When to see the plum blossoms of Yushima tenjin Shrine
Plum trees at Yushima tenjin usually come into full bloom from around mid-February through the end of the month.
The peak period, however, varies from year to year, depending on the weather conditions.
For 2020, we are anticipating an early spring in the capital, following an easy winter.
Highlights of the Plum blossom festival
Every year the Plum blossom festival at Yushima Tenjin – also called “Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival” by the city of Bunkyo – draws some 400,000 people to the shrine.
For the 63rd time this year, visitors may be able to admire the elegantly blooming plum flowers that adorn the shrine. On weekends, a variety of festive events will take place on the shrine’s ground.
◆Open-air tea ceremony in the Plum garden
【Dates】 16 and 23 February; 1 and 8 March
【Hours】 From 10 am (*cancellation in case of rain)
On weekends, a variety of music and dance performances will be staged for the festival.
◆ Local specialties Fair (bussan-ichi)
On weekends, find local delicacies and souvenirs from the prefectures of Kumamoto, Ishikawa, Shimane, Aomori and Fukushima.
◆ Lighting of the plum trees
In the evening, plum blossoms will glow in the light.
【Hours】From sunset until 8 pm.
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