10 Best Events in Japan in April 2024

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in April

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April is the month of Spring when you can see the cherry blossom in full bloom. There are many related events and festivals about cherry blossom viewing and one of these is the Hanami (花見) which are cherry blossom viewing parties that take place in Japan during this time of the year.

Aside from cherry blossoms, many spring flowers also bloom in April. There are places in Japan where events, exhibitions, and festivals for spring flowers are held such as tulips that come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. There is also the nemophila known as “baby blue eyes”, plum blossom, rose, and many more.

The month of April in Japan is also known for the celebration of Easter and the traditional spring festivals. This is a perfect month to visit Japan because of the nice weather with moderate temperatures during the daytime and cool at nighttime. However, the climate is still changing from time to time so it is better to check the weather before visiting.

In this article, I would like to share with you our picks for the 10 best events in Japan in April 2024. Including events from different categories as well as the locations.

1. Viewing Cherry Blossoms

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Viewing cherry blossoms is the main thing to do in spring. And there are many places to view the cherry blossom across Japan. Most of them are in well-known parks in various prefectures of Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, and Kyoto where most tourists usually visit.

Genre: Cherry Blossom viewing in ( Osaka Mint Bureau )
Location: Osaka Mint Bureau
Dates: Early-Mid April 2024 (The information for 2024 will be updated once the new information is released.)
Website: https://www.mint.go.jp/eng

Genre: Cherry Blossom Light up (Mt. Yoshino)
Location: Yoshino Town, Nara Prefecture
Dates: March 23 to April 14, 2024
Website: https://yoshinoyama-kankou.com/

Genre: Cherry Blossom viewing in (Fort Goryokaku)
Location: Hokkaido
Dates: First Bloom: April 19-24, 2024 / Full Bloom: April 25-29, 2024
Website: https://www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp/en/sakura/

For more information about cherry blossom viewing, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Spots to See Late Blooming Cherry Blossoms in Japan

2. Cherry Blossom Festivals in Japan

Kawazuzakura Row of cherry blossom trees by the lake

Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular cherry blossom festivals in Japan where many visitors come to join the festival and witness the breathtaking view of cherry blossom with the lake and Mt. Fuji. Here are also two more cherry blossom festivals in Japan.

Genre: Fuji Kawaguchiko Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: Kawaguchiko North Bank Walking Trail (Yamanashi)
Dates: March 30 to April 14, 2024

Genre: Takada Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2024
Location: Takada Castle Site Park, Niigata
Dates: March 29 to April 14, 2024
Website: https://joetsukankonavi.jp/kanoukai/

Genre: Hirosaki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2024
Location: Hirosaki Park (Aomori)
Dates: April 19 to May 5, 2024
Website: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎10 Best Cherry Blossom Festivals in Japan 2024

3. Strawberry Buffets and Afternoon Teas

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Strawberries are in season in Japan from January to May and many hotels hold an event for a strawberry buffet collection where you can taste different sweets made from strawberries. Here are some examples of strawberry buffets that you can go to.

Genre: Strawberry Sweets Buffet
Location: ANA Intercontinental Tokyo
Dates: January 4 to June 30, 2024
Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/offer/cascadecafe-strawberry-sweets-buffet/

Genre: The Red Strawberry Buffet (sweet and food menu)
Location: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower SKY BUFFET 51 (Sky Buffet 51)
Dates: March 1 to May 12, 2024
Website: https://sky-buffet51.com/2024/02/08/the-red/

Genre: Strawberry Afternoon Sweets Buffet
Location: Kyoto Century Hotel 2F “All Day Dining La Jyho”
Dates: January 1 to May 6, 2024
Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-centuryhotel/buffet/strawberry-sweets-buffet2024/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Strawberry Buffets in Tokyo 2024

▶︎Best Afternoon Tea in Osaka: Spring 2024

▶︎Best Afternoon Tea in Kyoto: Spring 2024

4. NAKED Cherry Blossom Events

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As the spring season approaches many cherry blossom events are held throughout Japan. One of the popular is the NAKED artworks that bring the beauty of cherry blossoms to life. It gives the magical fill bloom of the cherry blossom at night.

Genre: NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 at World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle
Location: Nijo-jo Castle
Dates: March 8 to April 7, 2024
Website: https://jw-webmagazine.com/nijo-castle-cherry-blossom-light-up/

For more information about this event as well as other NAKED cherry blossoms events, check out the following articles!

▶︎Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Light-Up by NAKED 2024

▶︎NAKED Cherry Blossoms Light-Up in Shinjuku Gyoen 2024

▶︎NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

5. Inuyama Festival (Aichi)

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The Inuyama Festival is held every first Saturday of April in Inuyama city in Aichi prefecture. It is an old festival with almost 300 years. It is about offering gifts of “Karakuri” to the deity of Haritsuna Shrine (針綱神社).

Genre: Festival
Location: Haritsuna Shrine (Aichi)
Dates: April 6 and 7, 2024
Website: http://ml.inuyama.gr.jp/en/festivals-and-events-en/2080

6. Takayama Spring Festival (Gifu)

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The Takayama spring festival is an annual festival of Hie Shrine to celebrate the upcoming of spring. This festival consists of various events such as Procession, Yatai display, Marionette performance, and Nighttime festival.

Genre: Festival
Location: Nakabashi Park (Gifu)
Dates: April 14 and 15, 2024
Website: https://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents/4000208.html

7. Osaka Maishima Seaside Park Nemophila Festival

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Nemophila is a small blue flower that blooms during spring. The Nemophila Flower Festival is held in Osaka Maishima seaside park from the beginning of April and May every year. It is the best place to see this flower.

Genre: Nemophila Festival
Location: Osaka Maishima Seaside Park
Dates: April 6 to May 6, 2024
Website: https://seasidepark.maishima.com.e.agi.hp.transer.com/nemophila/

8. Tulip Festa ~37 varieties, about 80,000 blooms~ (Osaka)

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You can enjoy a large number of tulips in full bloom with red, white, yellow, pink, and purple in the garden of tulips. And you can see also other spring flowers such as nemophila in the tower of the sun.

Genre: Tulip Festival
Location: Natural and Cultural Garden Tulip Garden (Osaka)
Dates: April 1 to 16, 2024
Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/57248/

9. Miyako Dori 2024 (Kyoto)

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Miyako Odori is one of the most famous dance festivals in Japan held annually in Kyoto. A tradition in Kyoto every spring season, various performances, activities, rituals, and ceremonies are featured that show the beauty and history of Kyoto.

Genre: Festival
Location: The Gion Kobu Kaburenjo
Dates: April 1 to 30, 2024
Website: https://miyako-odori.jp/english/

10. Huis Ten Bosch 1 Million Tulip Festival (Nagasaki)

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Besides the cherry blossom, many different types of flowers bloom during spring. At this flower festival, you can enjoy a million spring flowers including tulips which come in different colors.

Genre: Flower Festival
Location: Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo City (Nagasaki)
Dates: February 9 to April 7, 2024

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