Japan is a country which never fails to surprise visitors with its many cultural events and festivities happening throughout the year.
During each season, visitors can look forward to traditional street processions, celebratory fireworks and clear weather to witness the majesty of the beloved Mount Fuji.
As spring is approaching, Japan looks set to welcome another plum blossom season. Plum blossoms are easily confused with cherry blossoms due to its similar shape and size. However, plum blossoms have a stronger, flowery smell, said Canadian news site CBC.
Japan Guide website said the blooms begin in February. Though it is still winter, these sweet-smelling plum blossoms are worth the trip outdoors under layers of clothes.
CNN Travel says some of the best places to view the pink or white blooms are in Kairakuen, Ome-shi Plum Park and Odawara Ume Matsuri, where it is known for its annual plum festival in February.
If in Tokyo, tourists can visit Koishikawa Korakuen, a landscape gardens dating back to the early Edo period, or Hanegi Park located just five minutes away from Umegaoka station.
Another great time to visit Japan, according to entertainment site Rocket News 24, is during the months of July to September.
Rocket news 24 suggests skipping the major cities and enjoy the charms of the smaller towns in the Echigo-Tsumari region in Niigata.
To attract visitors, the region has dotted its 760-square-kilometre landscape with permanent installments and now, hundreds of art work can be found almost every where, even in the most unlikely corners in the countryside.
A major festival is held once every three years in the summer, where artists from Japan and all over the world will create and perform. This year, the festival is back again and visitors will be able to join in, said Rocket News 24.