Tokyo in March : Best Things to Do 2019
What to Do in Tokyo in March
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 2019
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 2019
3. Tokyo Marathon
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: 3 March
Official Website: https://www.marathon.tokyo/en/
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 2019: Strawberry Dessert Buffet in Tokyo 2019: ANA InterContinental Tokyo)
5. TeamLab Borderless Tokyo “Forest of Resonating Lamps — One Stroke, Cherry Blossosms”
One of the most popular spots in Tokyo today, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless will be hosting a seasonal exhibition during spring. “Forest of Resonating Lamps — One Stroke, Cherry Blossosms” will be displayed with warm pink lights representing digital cherry blossoms. It will be available from 1 to 31 March 2019.
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6. Saint Patrick’s Day
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest Irish event in Tokyo, “I Love Ireland Festival” will be held at Yoyogi Park for 2 days (16 and 17 March 2019). 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: 16 and 17 March
7. 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 🙂
8. Anime Japan
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.
9. SAKURA AQUARIUM Directed BY NAKED
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is a popular indoor aquarium in Tokyo which displays over 25,000 fish and sea creatures. The aquarium is best known for the spectacular dolphin show which features special light effects with various themes in each season. In 2019 spring, the aquarium is hosting a cherry blossom themed event, SAKURA AQUARIUM Directed BY NAKED. The popular dolphin show can be enjoyed with special light effects of cherry blossoms.
10. 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.
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 🙂