A rare chance to see horseback archery, a traditional Oiran Dochu procession, an everything-doggo festival and more.
Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura Festival – April 14
Don’t miss the Oiran Dochu, a procession of traditional Japanese courtesans or “women of pleasure”. See brilliantly colored kimonos, whimsical makeup and traditional performances by the experts of “old-world charm”.
Wanwan Carnival – April 14-15
The Wan Wan (onomatopoeia for the sound a dog makes in Japanese) Carnival is a the ultimate fido festival. All the dog-related merch and activities will get your tail wagging—from clothes and grooming, to professional dog photos, dancing dogs, and various (obedience, agility and speed-eating) contests.
Kamakura Matsuri – April 8-15
The annual Kamakura Matsuri festival features a variety of parades and performances and, notably, an impressive display of yabusame (horseback archery).
Wisteria Festival – April 15-May 6
Another beloved blossom, wisteria is celebrated at Kameido Tenjin Shrine with food stalls, tea ceremonies and ikebana displays.
Midtown Blossom 2018 – Ends April 15
This is the last weekend to squeeze every last drop out of sakura season with an enchanting 200 m walkway of illuminated cherry trees.
Escape Tokyo for the day, see mountains, hot springs, the modern, the traditional, the old and the ancient!
Our video guide to the tuna auctions at the shiny new Toyosu Fish Market