Sat, Apr

Ichiyo Cherry Blossom Festival


The Ichiyo Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival is a major event in Asakusa Kannon-ura that attracts big crowds every year. Take the chance to enjoy the yaezakura cherry blossoms in full bloom and an oiran (courtesan) parade.

What happens?

The Edo Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu parade recreates the processions held back in the Edo Period. It shows off oiran decked out in full attire walking with a big, fancy entourage. While it’s not exactly on the same level as Edo, this is probably as real as it gets in the 21st century.

In addition to the oiran parade, there is a parade of elementary school students and a flea market. There are also lots of food stands and refreshment booths. So if you haven’t gone flower-viewing already, this would be a great time to do that.

You can find a map of where they will parade here.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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