10 Must-Visit Flower Festivals around Tokyo in Spring!
From Cherry Blossoms to Wisteria, Best Spring Flowers in Tokyo and around
Spring in Japan is all about flowers. Various beautiful flowers flourish during spring including cherry blossoms, and flower festivals are held across the country.
Today, I have picked the best flower events held in/near Tokyo! Even though some are located outside of Tokyo, they are all easy to access and perfect side trip destinations in spring Enjoy viewing beautiful, colourful flowers as well as delicious food and drinks served at festivals!
In order to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), some of listed flower festivals may be cancelled. Please check the latest information on their official websites before visiting.
1. Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival
Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival (河津桜まつり) features Kawazu Sakura which is a type of cherry tree which blooms much earlier and longer than other cherry trees in Japan. Cherry trees are lined along the river bank with lots of food stalls and yellow canola flowers, and can be enjoyed for about a month.
Date: early February to early March
2. Plum Blossoms
Plum blossom is one of the most beloved flowers in Japanese history, and admired as the symbol of the beginning of spring. Plum blossoms usually start blooming from February to March, and plum blossom festivals are held across the country during the season.
Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival is held at Yushima Tenjin Shrine in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. There is also a spectacular Mito Plum Blossom Festival, featuring impressive 3,000 plum trees at the beautiful Japanese landscape garden.
3. Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossom festivals are held across the country during the season. In Tokyo and neighbouring cities, the season usually start from late March to early April. Check the link below introducing greatest cherry blossom spots in and around Tokyo.
4. Sakura Tulip Festa
Sakura Tulip Festa (佐倉チューリップフェスタ) is the biggest Tulip festival in Kanto area. It’s held at Sakura Oldness & Open Space in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture and can be accessed from Tokyo within 1 hour. Over 600,000 colourful tulips are displayed with the charming Dutch windmill.
5. Bunkyo Azalea Festival
Bunkyo Azalea Festival (文京つつじまつり) is an annual flower event held at Nezu Shrine in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo from mid April. The festival features over 100 kinds of 3,000 azalea plants, well trimmed in round shapes and blooming in different colours. Enjoy the spectacular view of flowers and shrine’s iconic vermilion red torii gates.
Date: early April to early May
6. Fuji Shibazakura Festival
At Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり), approx 800,000 Shibazakura (Pink Moss/Phlox Moss) in various colours cover a vast field located at the base of Mt.Fuji. Simply it’s the best scenic flower festival in spring!
Date: mid April to late May
7. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival
Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival (亀戸天神社 藤まつり) is a traditional flower event held in Tokyo since Edo Period. The event features elegant lilac wisteria flowers hanging from the trellises displaying the stunning scenery with the historic shrine. The light-up of the wisteria is available at night during the festival period.
Date: mid April to early May
8. Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park
Ashikaga Flower Park (あしかがフラワーパーク) is one of most popular flower festivals in the world, featuring over 350 colourful wisteria flowers including the Great Wisteria which is over 150 years old and sized over 1000 square meters and the 80m long Wisteria Tunnel. The light-up at the park is also available during the peak season.
Date: mid April to mid May *date may change according to the blooming condition
9. Nemophila Harmony at Hitachi Seaside Park
Nemophila Harmony (ネモフィラハーモニー) is a flower event held at Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki Prefecture. Over 4.5 million light blue nemophila (baby blue eyes) covers the 3.5 ha hill and displays the fantastic views with the blue sky on sunny days.
Date: early April to early May
10. Komuroyama Azalea Festival
Another spectacular azalea event is held near Mt Omuro on Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Komuroyama Azalea Festival (小室山公園つつじ祭り) features over 100,000 of 40 kinds azalea flowers which flourish colourfully in the vast park of 35,000 square meters. The romantic light-up for the flowers is also available at night.
Date: late April to early May
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Did you enjoy the list?? Which flower festival do you wanna go most?? Let’s celebrate the coming of spring with charming flowers 🙂 For more information about travelling in Japan during spring, check out these articles listed below, too!
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