Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

Got a trip planned to Tokyo in March? Then you’re in luck! Japan is known for its cherry blossoms, and March is when spring starts and the sakura starts to blossom! But other than that, what else can you do?

 

I got you. Keep reading and discover what can you do during your trip to Tokyo in March.

 

Find out the events and festivals in March, where to enjoy the cherry blossom festivals, travel tips, and more recommendation.

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

March can possibly be the busiest months in Japan, where tourists from all over the world visit Tokyo to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms. Not sure where to go for cherry blossom viewing?  Or if you are not a fan of cherry blossoms, there are still so many events and festivals you can enjoy in Tokyo.

 

Here are some things you can do during your March visit to Tokyo:

 

Things to do in Tokyo in March

Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivalsOther than just cherry blossoms, you can also experience ume matsuri or plum festival. This is perfect if your trip’s timing is a little early to see the cherry blossoms. Experience the gorgeous blooms of the plum trees in Tokyo!

Date

2nd Feb–8th Mar 2018  

8:00am – 7:30pm

Location

Yushima Tenjin

190 meter from Yushima Station (map)

Website

http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/ume/

 

Japan Local (Furusato) Food Festival

Visit this 2-day food festival to try local Japanese dishes from many places in Japan.

Date

10th Mar–11th Mar 2018  

10:00am – 4:00pm

Location

NHK Broadcasting Center, Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052 (map)

 

Washi Candle Garden

Handwritten messages on washi (Japanese paper) from residents who are affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Now annually,  washi (Japanese paper) lanterns are arranged on the grass to raise the spirits of the survivors and remember the victims.

Date

10th Mar–12th Mar 2018  

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location

Grass square behind Tokyo Midtown (map)

 

Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival

At Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival, you can see and even participate in fire walking. This is an act where you walk on hot coals and embers, regarded as a cleansing act and also to promote health, world peace, and more.

Date

11th Mar 2018  

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location

Near Takaosan Yakuouin Temple, a short walk from Takaosanguchi Station (map)

Telephone

03-3941-2222

Website

http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/rikugien/

 

LGBTQIA+ Youth: A Village of Support

A panel discussion on supports for LGBTQIA+ youth. Anyone can join this public and free event, however, donations of 1000 yen are appreciated and all proceeds go to support mental health in Japan.

Date

17th Mar 2018  

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location

Nagatacho GRID

2 Chome-5-3 Hirakawachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0093 (map)

 

“I Love Ireland” Festival and St.Patrick’s Day Parade

Experience the Irish culture through a festival in Yoyogi Park. The festival is filled with traditional music and dance performances, sports, and Irish gourmet booth. St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place along Omotesando Street at 1 pm on 18th March.

Date

17th Mar–18th Mar 2018  

10:00am – 5:00pm

Location

Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052 (map)

 

Gold Dragon Dance

Watch a special performance of Kinryu no Mai (Golden Dragon dance) with deep history and special meaning.

Date

18th Mar 2018  

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Location

Sensoji Temple

2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032(map)

 

Ueno Zoo – Free Admission Day

To mark its opening date, the admission to Ueno Zoo is free for the day. So, if you have time, enter and enjoy the zoo for free!

Date

20th Mar, 2018  

9:00am – 5:00pm

Location

Ueno Zoo

9-83 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007 (map)

 

Cherry Blossom Festivals

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

This is the most popular event of them all. Definitely, enjoy the cherry blossoms if you are in Tokyo in March. Can only be seen for two weeks during the whole year, it is the most anticipated event for most people. People gather around parks and gardens to enjoy the long-awaited cherry blossoms!

 

To enjoy the cherry blossoms, people usually do hanami (cherry blossom viewing) by making picnics under the trees or taking a stroll around the park. For the complete guide on how to Hanami, click here.

 

During the festivals, there are numerous food and drink vendors around the park to be enjoyed by visitors.

 

Places to enjoy cherry blossom festivals in Tokyo:


  • Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Date:  20th Mar–8th Apr, 2018

Location: 〒131-0033 東京都墨田区向島1−2−5 (map)

  • Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 21st Mar–8th Apr, 2018

Location: 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taitō, Uenokoen, 5−20 (map)

  • Chiyoda Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 26th Mar–8th Apr 2018 *can change corresponding to the season

Location: 1-1 Kitanomarukōen, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0091 (map)

  • Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 24th Mar–10th Apr, 2018

Location: (map)

  • Bokutei Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 22nd Mar–8th Apr, 2018  10:00am – 9:00pm

Location: 〒131-0033 東京都墨田区向島1−2−5 (map)

  • Nihonbashi Sakura Festival: A Digital Gourmet Wonderland

Date: 16th Mar–15th Apr, 2018

Location: Nihonbashi

  • Midtown Blossom 2018

Date: 16th Mar–15th Apr, 2018  

Location: around Tokyo Midtown, 9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0052 (map)

Hours: 8:00am – 11:00pm

  • Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival

Date: 24th Mar–11th Apr, 2018  Location: Edo Fukagawa

Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm

 

Rikugien Gardens: A Mystical Weeping Willow

You can enjoy the beautiful, weeping sakura tree (symbol of the park) where it is brightly by sunlight during the day, and illuminated to form a stunning scenery at night. Feel and enjoy the presence of age and grace.

Date

21st Mar–5th Apr, 2018  

9:00am – 9:00pm

Location

Rikugien Gardens

6 Chome-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0021 (map)

Telephone

03-3941-2222

Website

http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/rikugien/

 

AnimeJapan

If you like Anime, definitely visit this convention where you can enjoy exhibitions, goods, stage appearances and performances by some of the biggest names in the anime industry. You can even cosplay (but you have to pay a fee of 1000 yen), and enjoy access to a changing room and luggage storage.

Date

24th Mar–25th Mar, 2018  

10:00am – 5:00pm

Location

Tokyo Big Sight

3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo 135-0063 (map)

Price

Adults:

Advance sales: ¥1,800

On the door: ¥2,200

Children (12 years and under): Free

Website

https://www.anime-japan.jp/en/

 

Paella Festival in Yoyogi Park

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

A festival to enjoy some tasty foreign cuisine and to watch (and taste) Japan’s preliminaries for the International Paella Competition. You can enjoy your free paella with free music from Harukaze Music Festival, held on the same weekend in the park.

Date

31st Mar–1st Apr, 2018

9:00am – 7:00pm

Location

Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052 (map)

 

Kawasaki Ogawacho Bar Hopping

You can bar hop after a day at the Kanamara “Penis” Festival! You can even wear a kimono to enhance the bar hopping experience.

Date

31st Mar–1st Apr, 2018  

2:00pm – 10:00pm

Location

Hotel & Hostel ON THE MARKS Kawasaki

 

Travel tips

  • It’s spring in March, so the weather can be a little chilly with the average temperature of 13°C (55°F) at max, and 4°C (40°F) at the lowest.
  • It can be very busy as more people will visit Japan during March for the cherry blossoms. So, be prepared.
  • During the sakura season, there will be plenty of sakura-flavored drinks and snacks, so definitely give a try during your visit.

 

Make your Tokyo trip more interesting! How?

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

With all the places to and things to do, it’s impossible to have a boring time while in Tokyo. But, you can make your trip more interesting! How, you ask? Hire a private guide. Private guides know where are the best places to go to experience Tokyo in March, especially for the cherry blossoms!

 

Or, you can also go on private tours with private guides to experience the attractions in Tokyo even better.

 

Where to find a private tour or hire a tour guide in Tokyo?

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

Look, the thing is...

There are many places on the web offering private tours in Tokyo, or private guides. However, it’s difficult to determine whether it’s good and trustworthy website or not. Or whether the tour guides are professional and qualified or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights website. The website offers many local tour guides and also private tour options in Tokyo, from which you can choose according to your needs and preferences.

 

Recommended tours in Tokyo

Tokyo in March - things to do, cherry blossom, events and festivals

If your trip’s timing in Tokyo is perfect, you will be lucky to enjoy the cherry blossoms of Japan! For a great experience, I have some recommendations.

 

You can go on this Private Tokyo First Visitors Tour for Viewing Cherry Blossoms tour to view the cherry blossoms and visit the must-visit places in Tokyo.

 

Another recommendation is Cherry blossoms tour in Imperial Palace and Japanese garden tour and also Cherry blossoms viewing tour : Hamarikyu Japanese garden , Sumida river cruise to Asakusa Plus 1 for you to have an amazing experience to view cherry blossoms while in Tokyo.

 

Here is a list of more tours in Tokyo to take into consideration to make your trip more interesting, and also you can click here for tours in other areas of Japan.

If you don’t prefer looking through the private tour options but prefer to find the perfect guide for you, here is a list of great tour guides in Tokyo.

 

 

I hope this article helps provide useful information you can use for your trip to Tokyo in March, including the events and festivals in March, where to enjoy the cherry blossom, and more recommendation. I hope you have a great time in Tokyo!

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