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Festivals in April

April is a month full of exciting festivals celebrating cherry blossoms and traditional culture. We've highlighted a few festivals below that you can keep in mind when planning your future travel to Japan. 

Please note that dates, times and functions are subject to change without notice and can vary slightly each year. In particular, the schedule of outdoor events and flower festivals may change due to the weather. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.

Many websites only have information in Japanese so you may need to use an online translation service such as Google Translate or DeepL . Alternatively, the Chrome browser allows you to translate many webpages from Japanese into English. 

The below selections are from a list compiled by JNTO's Tourist Information Center and provides details on which festivals were scheduled for or went ahead in 2021 and which were cancelled. The full list can be found at the end of this article. 

Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 

Where: Hirosaki Park, Aomori Prefecture 
When: 23 April – 5 May 2021
Summary: Cherry Blossom Festival featuring 2,600 cherry trees on the grounds of Hirosaki Castle and along the castle's moat in Hirosaki Park. 
Aomori Prefecture official website: https://www.en-aomori.com/culture
Event website (JP only): https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/

 

Tsutsuji-en Kaien (Bunkyo Azalea Festival) 

Where: Nezu-jinja Shrine, Tokyo 
When: Until 25 April 2021 (dates vary each year but is usually held from mid to late April) 
Summary: Explore the 300 You can enjoy viewing of about 3,000 tsutsuji (azalea) blossoms. 
Tokyo Prefecture official website: https://www.gotokyo.org/en

 

Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

Where: Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo 
When: Late April – Early May 
Summary: Considered one of the best places in Tokyo to see wisteria (fuji) in Tokyo, with over 50 wisteria plants on the grounds of the shrine. 
Tokyo Prefecture official website: https://www.gotokyo.org/en

 

Takayama Matsuri

(Also known as Takayama Spring Festival)

Where: Hie-jinja Shrine and surrounds, Gifu Prefecture 
When: 14 – 15 April 2021 
Summary: One of the grandest festivals in Japan and designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. 12 elaborate floats are exhibited in the city. The festival was held on a smaller scale this year. 
Official website: https://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents

 

Kyo Odori

Where: Miyagawa-cho Kaburenjo, Kyoto Prefecture 
When: 2 – 11 April 2021
Summary: Traditional Kyoto Dance. Admissions are 5000 JPY or 3000 JPY, sold on the website.
Official website (JP only): http://www.miyagawacho.jp/kyoodor.html

 

Calendar of Events - April 2021

https://partners-pamph.jnto.go.jp/simg/pamph/852.pdf

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