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'Ume' Plum Blossoms in Kyoto

Sakura cherry blossom trees aren’t the only pink symbol of spring in Japan!

Before the sakura season begins in late March, Japan is lit up in pink by plum blossoms, or “ume” trees. These flowers range in color from white to dark pink, give off a distinct sweet almost honey-like fragrance, and bloom from February to March.

While at first glance, the sakura (cherry blossoms) may look the same as ume (plum blossoms), you’ll notice that they are in fact quite different! In addition to the difference in blooming season, the biggest difference may be in the shape of their petals. Cherry blossom have a split towards the tip of each petal, whereas plum blossoms are rounded!

You’ll find many of our traditional machiya holiday accommodations in both Kyoto and Kanazawa near shrines and temples famous for the beautiful plum blossom trees! Stay in a private, traditional machiya holiday house during your next visit to Japan. 

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