12 Best Things to Do in Tokyo in April
What to Do in Tokyo in April
Visiting Tokyo this April?? Check out the latest travel information in Tokyo in April!! Numbers of special events and tourist attractions are available in this month including the beautiful cherry blossoms which we all have been waiting for! Moreover, don’t miss the seasonal festivals and delicious food only available in this time of the year!
Plan your perfect trip in Tokyo with our April To-Do list!
Tokyo in April
Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Japan and Tokyo, and April, the middle of spring, offers a variety of things to do to tourists from overseas. Cherry blossoms fully bloom between late Match and early April in the metropolitan area. There are lots of nice spots to view beautiful Sakura flowers in Tokyo including parks, rivers, gardens and temples. You can enjoy joining events related to cherry blossoms and other spring things.
April is the month you can travel in Tokyo comfortably since the average daily temperature in April in Tokyo ranges from 13°C (55.4°F) to 17°C (62.6°F) in the recent decade. On the other hand, it may be a little tough period for those who suffer from hay fever, which is known as Kafunsho in Japanese.
1. Cherry Blossoms
Yes, it’s time for cherry blossoms! Tokyo’s cherry blossoms usually start flourishing from late March and can be enjoyed till early April depending on the weather condition. In Tokyo, there are numbers of amazing places to see cherry blossoms as well as Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) to enjoy delicious food and drinks along with the beautiful flowers.
In case you miss the peak time for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo, there are some places where you can enjoy cherry blossoms till mid April. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is a popular spot to enjoy late blooming cherry blossoms. Or fallen cherry blossom petals are another spectacular scenery to enjoy after the peak blooming season. Meguro River and Chidorigafuchi are two famous spots in central Tokyo where pink petals cover the surface of the water and create stunning scenery.
Check out the below links for more information about cherry blossoms in Tokyo!
2. Bunkyo Azalea Festival
Right after the cherry blossom season ends in Tokyo, a popular flower event kicks off at the traditional serene shrines in the heart of Tokyo. Bunkyo Azalea Festival (or Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri, 文京つつじまつり) is held at Nezu Shrine from early April to early May. The astonishing view of colourful Azalea flowers and traditional Japanese garden with a row of red torii gate can be enjoy during the festival. The best viewing time of Azalea flower is mid April usually.
Click the link below to find out more information about Bunkyo Azalea Festival!
3. Strawberry Buffet
The season for Japanese strawberries continue through April, and the best way to enjoy delicious, juicy and exquisite Japanese strawberries is definitely strawberry dessert buffets. ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo, Grand Hyatt, etc, numbers of high end hotels in Tokyo offer tasty, creative and photo-worthy strawberry dessert buffets with their original themes, and guests can be indulged with deluxe strawberry desserts with all-you-can-eat style only in this time of the year.
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4. Disney Easter
One of the most anticipating events at Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Easter usually takes place from late March and the event runs until mid June. Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will have special Easter decoration, parades and shows as well as limited-time food menu and merchandise collection.
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5. Watch Baseball Games
Baseball is one of the most beloved sports in Japan, and Japanese professional baseball league (NPB) runs from March to October annually. Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows are two popular professional baseball teams both based in Tokyo, and baseball games are held at their stadiums (Tokyo Dome and Meiji Jingu Stadium) during the season regularly. It’s great way to experience Japanese sports culture!
6. Cherry Blossom Themed Events
There are numbers of cherry blossom themed/related events that you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in unique ways besides viewing. From digital art to night illumination, various cherry blossom themed events are held in Tokyo during spring!
7. Tokyo Rainbow Pride
Tokyo Rainbow Pride has become city’s most enthusiastic event in the past years, which about 150,000 people participated. It’s organised by the LGBT community in Tokyo and takes place in end of April at the event square of Yoyogi Park. Various kinds of events including street booths, live performances and the pride parade.
8. Kanamara Festival
Kanamara Festival, a.k.a. the Penis Festival is known as one of the most unique and bizarre events in the world. The phallus themed festival features Mikoshi floats with giant phallic statues as well as phallus shaped food, decorations, etc. It’s extremely unique and become hugely famous around the world nowadays. The festival is held at the first Sunday of every April at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture which you can access within 30 mins by train from central Tokyo.
More festivals are available in Japan in April! Check out the link below for more information.
9. Showa Memorial Park
Showa Memorial Park (or Showa Kinen Koen, 昭和記念公園) is a vast park located in the outskirt of Tokyo. The park is a top visited spot in Tokyo for cherry blossom and autumn leaves viewing. A wide variety of flowers and plants can be enjoyed at the park especially during spring and summer including Tulip, Cosmos and Sunflowers.
10. Sakura Tulip Festa
Sakura Tulip Festa (佐倉チューリップフェスタ) is a largest Tulip festival around Tokyo which features 70 kinds of over 600,000 Tulip. The festival is held from early to late April at Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture and the nearest station is Keisei Sakura Station which can be accessed directly by Keisei Line from Nippori Station. It’s one of the best day trip destinations from Tokyo in April.
11. The Great Wisteria Festival
The Great Wisteria Festival is a flower event held annually at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. The event features over 350 wisteria trees that flourish colourfully and display a breathtaking view.
Ashikaga City is one of the most attractive cities near Tokyo, yet it’s still lesser known among tourists. If you are planning to visit the wisteria festival, I’d highly recommend you to explore this city that is full of history and culture!
Cycling tour is becoming a huge trend in Tokyo nowadays as you can explore the streets of Tokyo in an extraordinary way! Join a sightseeing cycling tour “Tokyo Good Old Bike Tour” which is one of the most popular day tours in Tokyo today, offering a 5-hour cycling trip through the coolest neighbourhoods of Tokyo including Yanaka, Ueno and Asakura. Check the link below for more retails and book the tour with special discount!
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