10 Best Events in Japan in April 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in April

Best Events in Japan 2023

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 2023. Including events from different categories as well as the locations.

1. Viewing Cherry Blossoms

Osaka Mint Bureau Cherry Blossom

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: April 7 to 13, 2023
Website: https://www.mint.go.jp/eng

Genre: Cherry Blossom viewing in (Mt. Yoshino)
Location: Yoshino Town, Nara Prefecture
Dates: March 29 to April 8, 2023
Website: https://yoshinoyama-kankou.com/

Genre: Cherry Blossom viewing in (Fort Goryokaku)
Location: Hokkaido
Dates: First Bloom: April 22-23, 2023 / Full Bloom: April 26-27, 2023
Website: https://www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp/en/sakura/

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

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: April 5 to 16, 2023
Website: https://fujisan.ne.jp/en/pages/375/

Genre: Takada Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2023
Location: Takada Castle Site Park, Niigata
Dates: March 29 to April 12, 2023
Website: https://www.city.joetsu.niigata.jp/site/museum/takada-castle.html

Genre: Hirosaki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2023
Location: Hirosaki Park (Aomori)
Dates: April 21 to May 5, 2023
Website: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/

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

3. Strawberry Buffets and Afternoon Teas

Afternoon Tea Strawberry Tart 3

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: Premium Strawberry AfterMOON Tea (THE SUN & THE MOON)
Location: Museum Cafe & Restaurant THE SUN & THE MOON (Tokyo)
Dates: Until the end of April
Website: https://thesun-themoon.com/moon/news/?p=2766

Genre: The strawberry dessert buffet at SATSUKI LOUNGE
Location: Hotel New Otani Osaka
Dates: January 5 to May 7, 2023
Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsukilounge/strawberry/

Genre: “Afternoon Tea Style” Strawberry Sweets Buffet
Location: Kyoto Century Hotel 2F “All Day Dining La Jyho”
Dates: January 14 to May 7, 2023
Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-centuryhotel/restaurant/shop-lajyho.php

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

4. NAKED Cherry Blossom Events

NAKED Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen 2023
© 2023 NAKED, inc.

Shinjuku Gyoen is the biggest national park in Tokyo, and for the first time, you can enjoy the magical full bloom of cherry blossom because this spring the famous NAKED. INC will collaborate.

Genre: NAKED Cherry Blossoms Light-Up 2023
Location: Shinjuku Gyoen
Dates: March 31 to April 23, 2023
Website: https://event.naked.works/shinjukugyoen/

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

5. Inuyama Festival (Aichi)

Inuyama Festiva
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The Inuyama Festival is held every first day 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 1 and 2, 2023
Website: http://ml.inuyama.gr.jp/en/festivals-and-events-en/2080

6. Takayama Spring Festival (Gifu)

Hida takayama festival-

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, 2023
Website: https://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents/4000208.html

7. Osaka Maishima Seaside Park Nemophila Festival

Osaka Maishima Seaside Park Nemophila Festival-

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 7 to May 7, 2023
Website: https://seasidepark.maishima.com.e.agi.hp.transer.com/nemophila/

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

colorful tulip festival

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, 2023
Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/57248/


beef fes osaka 2023
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This festival is for beef lovers. you can experience beef cuisine and various menus such as branded beef. From April 28th, the beef festival will be held in Nagai park, Osaka. This food festival is all about beef where all the menu is beef dishes such as meat sushi, beef tongue, 100% wagyu beef hamburgers, steak, and many other kinds of food that use beef.

Genre: Beef Festival
Location: Nagai Park Free Plaza (Osaka)
Dates: April 28 to May 7, 2023
Website: http://beef-fes.jp/

10. Huis Ten Bosch Flower Festival (Nagasaki)

Huis Ten Bosch Flower Festival
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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: Until April 28
Website: https://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/spring/

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Thank you for reading, I hope this article helps you and provides information about the places and events in Japan in April. For more related articles visit the articles below.

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