Spring time is almost upon us and Japan is well-known for its Spring festivals and activities. As you’d expect, many Japanese Spring festivals revolve around the full bloom of the cherry blossoms or sakura. So in case you’re visiting Tokyo to see the cherry blossom festival, then Japanbackpack has you covered in the best festivals to visit. We’ve filtered and sorted out the festivals so you’ll be able to join the festivities during each month of Spring.
Sanja Matsuri (三社祭)
Let’s start with the largest and most crowded festival in Tokyo, Sanja Matsuri. The Sanja Festival is held and celebrated on every third Sunday of May at the Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社) and goes on for three days.
This festival harbors at least 2 million people yearly. Why not be one of them and join the fun?
Sanja Festival website *Japanese Website
Kanda Matsuri (神田祭)
Kanda Matsuri is another major Shinto Spring festival in Tokyo. The Festival takes place starting the first Saturday and Sunday of May and goes on until May 15. You’ll see many parades and hundreds of portable shrines that will be worshipped and carried around through the streets of Tokyo. Each neighborhood has its own flare so being at different locations through this festival will create a completely different experience.
Kanda Festival website *Japanese Website
Ueno Sakura Matsuri (上野桜祭り)
Last but not least, the cherry blossom festival that is a must for tourists of Japan. End of March and early spring is the best time to experience the best spring festival. Located at Ueno Park, you’ll experience the magical festival that draws both Japanese locals and foreigners.
Ueno park is perfectly synced up with beautiful fully bloomed cherry blossom trees, and Ueno park is known as one of the best locations to few the trees in not only Tokyo, but all of Japan. Even better during the evening, there are thousands of lanterns that lights up the park to give the cherry blossom trees an even more magical view.
Ueno Sakura Festival website *Japanese Website