Plum blossoms occasionally get forgotten in the hype leading up to sakura season, but they shouldn't - they're beautiful, and there are numerous places across Japan where you can appreciate them in all their glory. One of Nara's best plum blossom spots is the Tsukigase Plum Grove, where over 10,000 plum trees burst into bloom in shades of red, pink, and white.
Along with the beautiful trees in bloom, there are some wonderfully scenic views out over the picturesque Nabari River to enjoy as well. The best time to see the plum trees in bloom is from mid-February through to the end of March, and updates on blooming conditions are posted on the plum grove's official website.
Admission to the plum grove is free of charge.