Ume, known as Japanese apricot or plum, have beautiful blossoms in early spring and are nearly as popular as sakura for flower viewing in Japan. This festival is held in Naritasan Park, where hundreds of ume plum trees of both red and white varieties flower each year. On weekends during the festival there are performances of traditional Japanese music, including tsugaru-shamisen, koto, shakuhachi, and erhu (niko), all held in the Western garden below the Great Peace Pagoda. Enjoy a free cup of amazake, see an open-air tea ceremony, and welcome the delicate flowers signaling the start of spring.
Experience this on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program by booking a free Volunteer Guided Tour.