Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in March

Best things to do and places to visit in Japan in March

March is a great month to visit Japan as you can experience two different seasons: Winter and Spring. In the beginning of the month, it is still possible to enjoy winter activities such as ski & snowboarding and snow events. As the temperature rises, cold winter gradually turns in to spring towards the middle of March and it’s time to welcome the glorious Japanese spring. The cherry blossoms season is definitely the best time to visit Japan. The cherry trees start flourishing and turn the whole country into a pink wonderland.

In this article, I’d like to introduce 10 best things to do in Japan in March from cherry blossoms to strawberry picking!

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1. Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are definitely the top attraction in Japan and fascinate visitors from all around the world. The charming pink flowers start flourishing from late March to mid April across Japan, usually from southern to northern parts of Japan (depending on the temperature).

Numbers of cherry blossoms festivals are held across the country with delicious food, drinks and special events. Don’t miss the best time to see the beautiful cherry blossoms this spring!

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2. Strawberries

Strawberries are in season from January to April in Japan. Japanese strawberries are generally very sweet, juicy and beautifully shaped, and there are several famous branded strawberries such as Tochiotome and Amaou. Two best ways to enjoy Japanese strawberries during the season are strawberry buffet and strawberry picking.

Strawberry dessert buffets are held at many hotels in Japan including Hilton, Grand Hyatt and Intercontinental Hotel. Each hotels offer creative and luxurious desserts made with fresh strawberries, which is simply a paradise for strawberry lovers!

Also numbers of strawberry farms open for visitors for unlimited strawberry picking and some of them are located near Tokyo. It’s simply the best way to enjoy the freshest strawberries!

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3. Hina Matsuri

Hina Matsuri (a.k.a. Doll Festival or Girls’ Day) is on 3rd March every year which is the day to pray happiness and health for young girls. Hina Matsuri is usually celebrated with traditional dolls called Hina Ningyo as well as traditional Hina Matsuri food like Chirashi Zushi (scattered sushi), sweet rice wine and colourful rice crackers.

More info ▶Hinamatsuri no Hi: Girls’ Day or Dolls Festival

4. Omizutori

Omizutori (お水取り) is considerably the oldest festival in the country which has been held in Todaiji Temple in Nara since 752 for over 1250 years. The temple is best known for the massive bronze Buddha statue and it’s designated to UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.

Omizutori is a traditional ceremony to welcome spring. The ceremony takes place for 2 weeks from 1st March and the main part is on 12th March featuring the spectacular fire show with gigantic torches.

More info ▶ Omizutori: the Oldest Festival in Japan since 752

5. Sumo Spring Basho (Osaka)

The Japanese national sport, Sumo is one of the most fascinating cultures of Japan. The Sumo Grand Tournament is held 6 times a year (3 times in Tokyo, and once in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka). The spring tournament (Haru Basho) takes place at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka City in mid-late March. Watching the dynamic movements of sumo wrestlers in action could be unforgettable, extraordinary experience in Japan!

For those who want to enjoy sumo more easily and deeply, we recommend a guided tour that includes tickets for the March tournament in Osaka. Please check out this Sumo Tournament Tour with Tickets.

6. Ski

Snow activities can be enjoyed until April in Japan depending on the area. In March, the northern part and mountain areas in Japan are pretty much still winter, and in some days, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in sunny and warm weather. If you are an eager skier or snowboarder, grab the last chance to enjoy the quality powder snow in Japan!

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7. Inabe Plum Festival

Before cherry blossoms start flourishing in late March, how about watching another traditional Japanese flower, plum blossoms?? Inabe Plum Festival is a spectacular plum blossom festival held in Mie Prefecture, featuring about 4,000 plum trees displaying colourful flowers. The festival is usually held from early to late March every year.

More info ▶ Inabe Plum Festival

8. White Day

14 February was Valentine’s Day which in Japan is the day women give chocolate to men, and with the unique Japanese custom, men are supposed to give return gifts to women a month later (14 March) on the day is called White Day. Same as on Valentine’s Day, department stores and confectionery stores in Japan offer special promotions for this big day, and various fancy sweets are sold.

More info ▶ White Day in Japan: the answer to Valentine’s Day

9. Admire Mt Fuji

The climbing season for Mt Fuji is not here yet, but March is an amazing month to watch Mt Fuji. Mt Fuji in March is covered by thick white snow, creating a beautiful contrast of the mountain, snow and blue sky. As the temperature starts rising in March, the snow gets heavy and moist, making it difficult to blow away and more stable. If you wish to capture the snow-capped Mt Fuji, March could be a great time of the year. In late March, you also have a chance to capture Mt Fuji with cherry blossoms in some places.

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10. Tsunan Snow Festival

Tsunan Snow Festival (つなん雪まつり) is a winter event held in Tsunan City, Niigata Prefecture. As the area of the festival site has one of the heaviest snow falls in Japan, the festival features various snow activities and events such as snowboard jump competition, snow domes, snowmobiles, snow treasure hunting and snow illuminations.

The highlight of the festival is over 2,000 sky lanterns which are released at night and create the dreamy scenery.

More info ▶︎ Tsunan Snow Festival in Niigata

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"The world is my oyster" A globetrotter 🌎 and hammock lover 🌞 who loves taking adventures to fuel wanderlust. Born and raised in Japan, I have lived and explored countries around the world. As a resident of Japan and based on my travel experience, I'd love to share my knowledge and tips for travelling Japan with my readers. I hope my story will help you plan your trip and have a great time in Japan 🌈