Tokyo in April : Best Things to Do 2021
What to Do in Tokyo in April
Visiting Tokyo this April?? Check out the latest travel information in Tokyo in April 2021!! 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 2021 April To-Do list!
Note: Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in April 2021 may change their operation hours/be closed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check official websites for the latest updates before visiting.
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 <<CANCELLED>>
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bunkyo Azalea Festival 2021 is cancelled due to COVID-19
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.
Click the link below to find your favourite strawberry dessert buffet from last year!
4. Disney Easter (TBA)
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.
Book your tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort!
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Check out more exciting events available at Tokyo Disney Resort!!
5. Alice in Wonderland Cafe
One of the masterpiece animations of Walt Disney, Alice in Wonderland will open its own themed cafe in 3 cities in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya for a limited time from February to April 2021. Disney Alice in Wonderland with Strange Animals Cafe offers super cute and photo-worthy food and drinks inspired by Alice and adorable and mystery creatures from the animation. The cafe original merchandise will be also available.
6. Watch Baseball Games
Baseball is one of the most beloved sports in Japan, and Japanese professional baseball league, (NPB) starts from 26 March till 21 October in 2021. 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!
Here are links to purchase baseball games in Tokyo!
7. My Hero Academia Exhibition DRAWING SMASH
My Hero Academia is one of the most popular Japanese mange series today, selling over 30 million copies in total (as of early 2021). Its first original art exhibition will be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo from April to June 2021. The My Hero Academia DRAWING SMASH exhibition displays original drawing by the manga artist, Kohei Horikoshi, installation art and video exhibition. The original merchandise will be also available exclusively at the exhibition. After Tokyo, the exhibition will be held in Osaka from 16 July to 5 September 2021.
Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery
Date: 23 April to 27 June 2021
Hours: 12:00~20:00 *last admission at 19:30
Tickets: 2,000 yen (adult), 1,500 yen (high school and junior high school students), 1,000 yen (elementary school students)
Official Website: https://heroaca-ex.com/english/
8. BT21 Cafe
BT21 is a group of characters in a collaboration between a messaging app LINE and a super popular K-pop group, BTS. The limited time BT21 Cafe will open in Shinjuku, Tokyo, offering pop and photo-worthy food and drinks inspired by adorable BT21 characters which resemble members of BTS. The original merchandise and special gifts for pre-booking will be also available.
Location: SHINJUKU BOX cafe&space Lumine Est B1F
Date: 4 March to 11 April 2021
Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/
9. ANA InterContinental Tokyo Strawberry Sensation 2021
One of the most prestigious hotels in Tokyo, ANA InterContinental Tokyo hosts an annual strawberry fair “Strawberry Sensation” during winter and spring, offering a variety of desserts and dishes with strawberries at several venues in the hotel including Strawberry Buffet at The Champagne Bar, Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set at Atrium Lounge and Strawberry Afternoon Tea Boost at The Steakhouse.
Date: until 30 May 2021
10. TOM & JERRY Cafe
To celebrate a release of the new live-action/computer animated film, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, the limited time Tom and Jerry theme cafe will open at 4 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Okinawa) in 2021 spring. The menu includes Jerry’s favourite cheese dishes and photo-worthy desserts and drinks. There will be also original merchandise and special gift for pre-booking.
11. Detective Conan Cafe
The 24th movie of the popular Japanese anime/manga series “Case Closed”, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet will be released on 16th April 2021 after being delayed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the new movie release, the limited-time Detective Conan Cafe will open at 7 locations in 4 cities in Japan including three locations in Tokyo: Omotesando, Shinjuku and Oshiage. The cafe offers the exclusive food and drink menu, original merchandise and special gifts for visitors.
12. teamLab Borderless Odaiba
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo today, teamLab Borderless Odaiba is a massive museum offering an immersive digital art experience. It’s located in Odaiba area, Tokyo. Some of their exhibits will be displayed with spring theme for a limited time, featuring cherry blossoms and pink colour.
13. teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM is a body immersive digital art museum located in Toyosu area, Tokyo. Two of the regular exhibits at the museum will be transformed to spring colours featuring the special cherry blossom theme digital art from March to April, only.
14. Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2021
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.
Date: 24 and 25 April 2021
15. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
A popular aquarium, Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is hosting a cherry blossom themed seasonal event from March to April. The event features digital art contents with the latest technology in collaboration between elegant cherry blossoms and adorable sea creatures at the aquarium including the spectacular dolphin show. The special decorations and food menu will also be available.
16. Kanamara Festival 2021 <<CANCELLED>>
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.
Date: early April
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Kanamara Festival 2021 is cancelled due to COVID-19
More festivals are available in Japan in April! Check out the link below for more information.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. The Great Wisteria Festival 2021
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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