When you mention spring flowers in Japan, cherry blossoms are probably what come to mind for most people. In fact, there are flowers in Japan similar to cherry blossoms that reach their peak viewing time a little earlier than cherry blossoms. They are plum blossoms. In Tokyo, where Taito City is, the peak time for cherry blossom viewing is from late March to early April, but the peak time for plum blossoms is from late February to early March. In addition to the flowers, the plum fruit is also very popular in Japan, frequently eaten in the form of umeboshi (pickled plums).
At Sumida Park in Taito City, you can enjoy cherry and plum blossoms, both Japanese symbols of spring. Sumida Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, and it has been favored among local residents since the Edo Period. However, visitors to the park are also able to enjoy the roughly 150 plum trees inside the park in addition to the cherry trees. A variety of plum trees with blossoms in white, pink, and other colors are planted on the grounds, including the Ume Meguri Sampomichi (Plum Blossom Walk), which features about 100 plum trees, where you can enjoy a leisurely time while admiring the lovely plum blossoms. You can also enjoy a view that combines the plum blossoms with the nearby TOKYO SKYTREE.
How would you like to get a head start on spring by appreciating some pretty plum blossoms? It is just a 10-minute walk to Sumida Park from the Tobu Asakusa Station or the Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station.