Cheapo Weekend for March 21-23: Early Cherry Blossoms!

Carey Finn

Blossoms by Mattia Panciroli, used under a Creative Commons Licence.
Blossoms by Mattia Panciroli, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

Spring is officially here (but don’t send us hate mail if it snows again), so get outside this long weekend. There’s lots going on in Tokyo.

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If you’re itching to see sakura (cherry blossoms), head down to Ueno Park to catch some early bloomers. Around 800 cherry trees and 1 000 lanterns make for a spectacular sight, both day and night (that rhymes – aren’t we just so poetic?). The park’s cherry blossom festival kicks off this weekend.

Meanwhile, over at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Outdoor Weekend 2014 will be happening on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a festival/expo thing celebrating, well, all things outdoors. You can try your hand at bouldering and rock climbing, buy a tent, eat stuff and take various fitness workshops. The Oedo Antique Market will be on at the park on Friday.

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If you prefer to keep a safe distance from nature, you could always skip the sunshine and check out Anime Japan 2014 instead, or head to Shibuya for the last couple of days of Fashion Week.


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