Held in Kitanomaru Park with its fabulous cherry trees, the Chiyoda cherry blossom festival is one of the most popular in Tokyo. The trees are illuminated at night and you can take a rowing boat out onto the moat of the ancient Edo castle. The boating hours are even extended into the evening during the festival so you can enjoy both at once. There are food stalls and plenty of opportunities to try some of the seasonal foods and traditional festival staples.
You’ll be seeing red at the Jindaiji Temple Yakuyoke Ganzan Jie Daishi Festival. This popular spring event in Tokyo started in the Edo period in memory of Ganzan Daishi. One of Japan’s three biggest daruma doll markets, there are around 300 […]
Visit this 2-day food festival at Yoyogi Park to try local Japanese dishes from Hokkaido all the way to Kyushu. It takes place at the NHK Broadcasting Center, Yoyogi Park so you can have an impromptu picnic (assuming the weather is […]
Spring in Japan isn’t just about the cherry blossoms, and at Bunkyo’s Yushima Tenjin Shrine you can see one of the island nation’s other flower festivals, the ume matsuri, or plum festival. Plum trees blossom earlier and for longer than cherry blossoms, so […]
The Heiwajima Antiques Fair is a popular indoor flea market that’s held five times a year, for a period of three days each time. Close to 300 vendors from all over Japan come to sell their wares, which comprise a […]