The 43rd Plum Blossoms Festival(sumomo-matsuri) will be held at Ichinose Ranch（一の瀬牧場）in Norikura Highlands on May 18th Sunday.
The ceremony starts from 10:30 a.m., admission is “ｆree”. Live music with Alpine Horns, Taiko(Japanese drums), Yodel Chorus and Japanese traditional dance are offered to the visitors along with “Sake”, “soba” and “Miso soup” services.
Sumomo（Japanese plum) trees grow naturally in Norikura Highlands, they usually start blooming from mid- May and last until Mid June.
Sumomo jam, wine and ice ream are on sale at the shop in Ichinose ranch.
And don’t forget about famous Norikura Onsen(hot springs)! There are several inns and public bathhouse for day trip visitors.
Yukemurikan(湯けむり館）opens from 9:30~20:00, admission fee is 720 yen for adults, 300 yen for kids.
There are many small inns and hotels with onsen in Norikura area. ⇒Norikura accomodations
To reach Norikura highlands, Haruyama bus(春山バス） services are available until June 30th.
The bus departｓ from Shinshimashima bus terminal in Matsumoto, and takes visitors to the snowy corridors on Mt. Kuraigahara.
⇒Haruyama bus info