Cheapo Weekend for April 6/7: Blasting the Blossoms and another Outdoor Festival

Greg Lane

Toneri Park Cherry Blossoms by Kanegen used under a Creative Commons license. | Photo by kanegen used under CC

If you’ve ever mistaken the Japanese terms for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) with fireworks (hanabi) then Adachi Ward in Tokyo’s east has the event for you. While enjoying the remnants of the cherry blossoms at Toneri Koen, you can also see hundreds of explosive projectiles being hurled into the air at the Spring Fireworks and 1,000 Sakura Trees Festival (link in Japanese). The fireworks will be happening on the evening of Saturday, April 6th from 7:00 to 7:30pm.  The park is a short walk from Toneri Station on the Toei Nippori-Toneri Liner (which is actually just a railway line). The park is also known for its Reagan Sakura – cherry blossom trees from Washington D.C. gifted by Ronald Reagan, its picturesque lakes and a bird sanctuary.

Following quick on the heels of Tokyo Outdoor Weekend at the same location only three weeks ago, comes Outdoor Day Japan (link in Japanese) at the event square of Yoyogi Park.  The day actually runs over two days – from 10:30 to 4:30pm on both Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th. Just in time for camping season, the event will feature loads of outdoor gear and activities. Among other attractions, there will be a climbing wall, a chance to try out mountain bikes on an obstacle course, a camp village and live painting.  The closest station is Harajuku on the JR Yamanote Line and Meiji-jingumae on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines.


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