Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Cherry Blossom


Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū and the Plum and Cherry Blossoms

If you visit Sendai between late February and late March, head to Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū Shrine (榴岡天満宮) to adore the lovely plum blossoms. Just like all the Tenmangū shrines in Japan, Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū enshrines Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真). Because plum blossom is Michizane’s favorite flower, plum trees are planted here and there in the shrine’s precinct.


Shiga Prefecture’s Top 12 Cherry Blossom Destinations

Located northeast of Kyoto, Shiga Prefecture is home to the biggest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. But what many aren’t aware of is there are quite a few spots hidden in this less-traveled prefecture that are great for cherry blossom hunting. Many of these off-the-beaten-path places can be easily accessed from Kyoto by train.


Fukuoka City’s Best Cherry Blossom Spots, Famous and Hidden

Fukuoka City, the main transportation hub of Kyūshū, is best known for its Yatai stalls. But what many aren’t aware of is the city has a couple of great spots perfect for cherry blossom hunting. And the good news is some of them are just in the city center!