Tatsuno, Japan's Blooming Plum Trees Are A First Taste Of Spring (PHOTOS)

TATSUNO, JAPAN - MARCH 14:  People rest under the blooming plum tree at Ayabeyama on March 14, 2013 in Tatsuno, Japan. About 20,000 Japanese plum trees of different varieties are currently in full bloom on Ayabeyama, the mountain will open to the public for viewing until March 21.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
TATSUNO, JAPAN - MARCH 14: People rest under the blooming plum tree at Ayabeyama on March 14, 2013 in Tatsuno, Japan. About 20,000 Japanese plum trees of different varieties are currently in full bloom on Ayabeyama, the mountain will open to the public for viewing until March 21. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

With spring upon us, many eyes are turning towards Washington D.C. in anticipation of the annual blooming of the cherry blossom trees. (They are expected to appear between March 26 and 30 this year.) The flowering trees were a gift from Japan, where cherry blossoms also draw thousands of spectators to Tokyo.

But, it's not all about the cherry blossoms. Japan's plum trees also put on a lovely show with their blooms, which are already in full bloom in Hyogo Prefecture. About 20,000 of the trees (of various varieties) are currently displaying flowers in dazzling shades of pink and white on Ayabeyama mountain. Check them out below, and remember that its just a few more days until spring!

Plums In Full Bloom In Hyogo