Spring has arrived and with it so too has blossom season begun. While the world famous sakura (桜 – cherry blossoms) steal top billing every year, the first blossoms on the scene are the plum blossoms. More colourful and sweetly scented, mid March is their peak season. Two top places to see them in Mie are Yuki Jinja in Tsu (結城神社, 津市) and Nogyo Park in Inabe (農業公園, いなべ市).
Yuki Jinja is a 15 minute bus ride south of Tsu station. It holds a special plum blossom festival every year. Entry into the gardens to view the blossoms is 500 yen and well worth it. The tress there are in full bloom as of March 10 so drop by soon.
A little behind the Yuki Jinja trees progress wise are the trees in Nogyo Park in Inabe. There are over 4,500 trees in the park and they tend to bloom a little later in March. The park is a little remote so driving there is best. The park is over 8km away from the nearest train station, which is Nishifujiwara (西藤原) on the Sangi Line (三岐線), which runs from Tomida Station (冨田) on the Kintetsu Nagoya Line (近鉄名古屋線). According to the park’s website, the blossoms have started to open a little late this year so there is plenty of time to visit yet. To check the progress of the blossoms, visit this link from the park’s homepage.
Yuki Jinja (結城神社)
Address:〒514-0815 津市藤方2341. From Tsu Station take the bus bound for Sun Valley and get off at Yuki Jinja mae stop. The shrine is another 3 min walk from there.
Admission: 500 yen. http://tourismmiejapan.tw/search/event.php?act=dtl&id=22
Nogyo Park (農業公園)
Address: 〒511-0501 いなべ市藤原町鼎3071番地
Admission: 500 yen. http://www.city.inabe.mie.jp/pages/1608_0.html