Tokyo in March : Best Things to Do 2021
What to Do in Tokyo in March
Planning to visit Tokyo this March?? There are numbers of exciting events and tourist attractions that you can only experience in March 2021! We have listed the hottest things to do in March 2021 including cherry blossoms and strawberry dessert buffets! Let’s enjoy early spring in Tokyo with our March To-Do list!
Note: Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in March 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
Cherry blossoms are definitely the most delightful thing to see in Japan in spring. Usually cherry blossoms in Tokyo area start flourishing in late March and reach peak bloom in early April, however, last year was a bit of surprise as they started blooming about 10 days earlier since the temperature was much higher. It is hard to predict when cherry blossoms start exactly, but generally the end of March is a good time to see them in Tokyo.
Numbers of cherry blossom festivals are held during the season, where visitors can enjoy eating, drinking and watching events with stunning views of cherry blossoms.
2. Bunkyo Plum Festival <<CANCELLED>>
Before cherry blossoms arrive, let’s enjoy another traditional spring flower in Japan, plum blossoms which are in season from mid February to mid March. The best event to see plum blossoms in Tokyo is Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival or Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (文京梅まつり) which is held at Yushima Tenjin Shrine in Bunkyo Ward from 8 February to 8 March annually. The event features over 300 plum trees with various special events and stalls. The light up of the plum blossoms are also available after sunset.
Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival
Date: early February to early March
LATEST UPDATE: Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19
3. Strawberry Buffet
Japanese strawberries are in season from January to April, and they are definitely worth trying if you are into fruits or desserts cos they are really really good. Japanese strawberries are generally very sweet, large and juicy. Strawberry dessert buffets have been one of the most popular events in town in late winter to early spring, and numbers of hotels offer their original premium strawberry desserts with all-you-can-eat style.
(Strawberry buffet review: Strawberry Dessert Buffet in Tokyo : ANA InterContinental Tokyo)
4. Anime Japan 2021
If you are a Japanese anime fan, this is the event you really shouldn’t miss through the year. The biggest anime event in the world, Anime Japan is held annually in Tokyo in March. The event takes place at the Tokyo Big Sight for 4 days (2 days for public and 2 days for the press) and fascinates over 150,000 anime fans from all around the world.
5. I Love Ireland Festival 2021 (TBA)
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest Irish event in Tokyo, “I Love Ireland Festival” will be held at Yoyogi Park for 2 days. The event features traditional Irish music and dance performances, Irish sports, and booths with Irish food and beer. Along with the festival, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at Omotesando Street.
Date: TBA (mid March)
6. Tokyo Marathon <<Rescheduled>>
Tokyo Marathon is an annual sports event which takes place in central Tokyo in every March. It’s one of the biggest sports events in the country and one of the six World Marathon Majors. There were around 30,000 participants in recent years, and people also can join the event by viewing runners at numbers of famous landmarks in Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, etc.
Unfortunately, the 2020 Tokyo Marathon was canceled for the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic and similarly, the 2021 edition will be also postponed to 17 October 2021 instead of March due to the pandemic.
Date: 17 October 2021
Official Website: https://www.marathon.tokyo/en/
7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Namjatown ~Peaceful Days with Cats~
The popular indoor theme park Namjatown in Ikebukuro is collaborating with the anime series of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba for a limited time. The special event Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Namjatown ~Peaceful Days with Cats~ features original illustrations of popular character of the anime, fun attractions, photo spots, limited merchandise and food menu.
8. EVANGELION Tokyo Skytree Project
Evangelion is teaming up with Tokyo Skytree this winter (23 December 2021 to 31 March 2021), celebrating a release of the new movie, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. EVANGELION Tokyo Skytree Project includes special displays and photo spots at several locations at Tokyo Skytree as well as original merchandise and cafe menu. The special light-up of the exterior of the tower inspired by Evangelion units from the movie will also be available during the season.
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. 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.
11. 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/
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Ueno Zoo Free Admission Day
Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) is located in Ueno Park, Tokyo and it’s Japan’s oldest zoo since 1882. Ueno Zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it’s home to over 400 species including the famous giant panda Xiang Xiang. The admission for the zoo is 600 yen for adult usually, however there are 3 times a year when the zoo is open for FREE : 20 March (Ueno Zoo’s Anniversary Day), 4 May (Greenery Day), and 1 October (Tokyo Citizens’ Day). So take a chance 🙂
15. 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. Seven of their exhibits will be displayed with spring theme for a limited time, featuring cherry blossoms and pink colour.
16. 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.
17. HANA BIYORI
HANA BIYORI opened as a new attraction at Yomiuri Park in Tokyo, one of the most popular amusement parks in Japan. It’s a new type of a flower park featuring beautiful nature and the latest digital technology. Also Japan’s first botanical garden Starbucks has opened inside the greenhouse at the park.
18. Kameiwa Cave
Kameiwa Cave (亀岩の洞窟) is also called Nomizo Falls (濃溝の滝) which is a popular scenic spot near Tokyo (Kimitsu City in Chiba Prefecture). The majestic view of the waterfall has made an sensation on Instagram a few years ago, and it become one of the most popular day-trip destination from Tokyo. Although the waterfall is beautiful to look at through the year, the most recommended time to see is March and September, especially in early morning. It’s the best chance to see the heart shape made by the ray of sunlight through the cave and the reflection on the pond.
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How did you enjoy the list?? March is one of the best time of the year in Japan to feel the beginning of spring, and enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms if you are lucky to catch the best moment!
For more information about travelling in Japan during spring, here are some more articles for you to check out 🙂