Tokyo in March : Best Things to Do 2020
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 2020! We have listed the hottest things to do in March 2020 including cherry blossoms and strawberry dessert buffets! Let’s enjoy early spring in Tokyo with our 2020 March To-Do list!
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
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: 8 February to 8 March 2020
3. Tokyo Marathon 2020
Tokyo Marathon is an annual sports event which takes place in central Tokyo. Unfortunately, the entry for runners has been closed for this year, however you can still participate the event by viewing runners at numbers of famous landmarks in Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, etc.
Date: 1 March
Official Website: https://www.marathon.tokyo/en/
Latest Update: TOKYO MARATHON 2020 WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ELITE RUNNERS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
4. 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 2019: ANA InterContinental Tokyo)
5. Saint Patrick’s Day <<CANCELLED>>
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest Irish event in Tokyo, “I Love Ireland Festival” will be held at Yoyogi Park for 2 days (14 and 15 March 2020). 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 on 17th March from 1 pm.
Date: 14 and 15 March 2020
Latest Update: I LOVE IRELAND FESTIVAL 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
6. KIMETSU CAFE
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been the most trending manga/animation across the world in 2020, and its limited-time theme cafe has finally opened in Japan. Moreover, the cafe is available not only in one location, but in 14 locations in 10 cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and more. The Kimetsu Cafe featured the exclusive menu and merchandise which are available only till mid March 2020!
Check more info about KIMETSU CAFE:
7. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Cafe
The most anticipated video game to be released this year, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will finally be released in April 2020, and Japan has been celebrating this big game event with the limited-time theme cafe that take place in Tokyo and Osaka from February to April. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Cafe featured the special menu, cafe decor and merchandise with the game motif which you can not find anywhere else.
See the link below for more information about the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Cafe:
8. teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM
One of the most popular tourists attractions in Tokyo today, teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM is an 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 1 March to 30 April, only.
Latest Update: TEAMLAB PLANETS TOKYO DMM IS CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
9. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
A popular aquarium, Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is hosting a cherry blossom themed seasonal event “NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM” from 1 March to 19 April 2020. The event is produced by the creative company NAKED, and 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.
Latest Update: MAXELL AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA IS CLOSED UNTIL 31 MARCH DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
10. 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 🙂
Latest Update: UENO ZOO IS CLOSED UNTIL 31 MARCH DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
11. Anime Japan 2020 <<Cancelled>>
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 2 days and fascinates over 150,000 anime fans from all around the world.
Latest Update: ANIME JAPAN 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
12. HANA BIYORI
HANA BIYORI is opening 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 is opening inside the greenhouse at the park.
13. 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 🙂