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2019 April Best Events in Japan

April in Japan is known for its pleasant days and pastel cherry blossoms. But the inviting weather offers ample travel opportunities aside from the sakura events. This guide will give you great recommendations for April events across Japan that aren’t solely focused on sakura.

2019 April Best Events in Japan

Index

  • Miyako Odori (都をどり)

  • Inuyama Festival (犬山祭)

  • Takayama Spring Festival (春の高山祭り)

  • Kamakura Festival (鎌倉まつり)

  • Shibazakura Season (芝桜)

  • Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park (あしかがフラワーパーク 大藤まつり)

  • Kurayami Festival at Ōkunitama Shrine (くらやみ祭)

  • Miyako Odori (都をどり)

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori

    Miyako Odori

    URL:http://miyako-odori.jp/english/

    Minamiza
    Address
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu
    Phone
    0755611155
  • Inuyama Festival (犬山祭)

    Inuyama Festival

    Inuyama Festival

    Inuyama Festival

    Inuyama Festival

    Taking place in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, from April 6th to 7th, what sets this festival apart is the “Yoyama.” Traditional floats with 365 lanterns parade through the nighttime city, illuminating cherry trees and bustling streets alike—an ethereal experience not soon to be forgotten. The lanterns are lit around 6p.m.

    URL:https://inuyama.gr.jp/events/49736

    A National Treasure, Inuyama Castle
    rating 926 Reviews
    Address
    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kitakoken 65-2
    Phone
    0568611711
  • Takayama Spring Festival (春の高山祭り)

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Takayama Spring Festival

    On April 14th and 15th, the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture holds its Spring Festival, complete with its renowned “hikiyama,” or traditional floats with ornate decorations. There are 11 of these prized floats, and 3 of them feature special puppet performances of daring displays.

    URL:http://kankou.city.takayama.lg.jp/2000002/2000024/2001064.html

    Takayama Jinya
    rating 981 Reviews
    Address
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hachikenmachi 1-5
    Phone
    0577320643
  • Kamakura Festival (鎌倉まつり)

    Kamakura Festival

    Kamakura Festival

    Kamakura Festival

    Kamakura Festival

    From Sunday to Sunday, April 14th to 21st, Kamakura holds its annual spring festival. Of particular interest is the “yabusame,” or mounted Japanese archery. This time-honored display features an archer shooting targets while riding a galloping horse, and it takes place at 1 p.m. on April 21st.

    URL:https://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/event/0410kamakuramaturi.html

    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
    rating 11 Reviews
    Address
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 2-1-31
    Phone
    0467220315
  • Shibazakura Season (芝桜)

    HitsujiyamaPark

    HitsujiyamaPark

    Hitsujiyama Park (羊山公園) in Saitama Prefecture is famous for its vibrant spring arrangements of shibazakura, or moss phlox, and it’s easy to see why. With 9 varieties of shibazakura covering an area of 17,600 sq. meters, this park blossoms into a vivid wonderland during the Shibazakura Festival from April 12th to May 6th. The crown jewel of the event, Shibazakura Hill, is sure to wow you.

    URL:https://navi.city.chichibu.lg.jp/p_flower/1808/

    Hitsujiyama Park
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6360
    Phone
    0494255209
    Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival

    Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival

    Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり), held April 13th to May 26th in Yamanashi Prefecture, offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji over a bright expanse of shibazakura. Boasting more than 8 million blossoms in whimsical arrangements, this event will give you a breathtaking scene that’s distinctly Japanese.

    URL:http://www.shibazakura.jp/eng/

    Hitsujiyama Park
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6360
    Phone
    0494255209
  • Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park (あしかがフラワーパーク 大藤まつり)

    Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park

    Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park

    Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park

    Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park

    Featuring a 150-year-old wisteria tree whose lavender blossoms fall from 1,000 sq. meters of trellis, the Great Wisteria Festival offers up a different shade of spring. White, yellow, and pale red wisteria form serene tunnels while azalea bushes blush from below. Expected event dates are from April 13th to May 19th, with nighttime light-ups also planned.

    URL:https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/fujinohana_special2019/jp/

    Ashikaga Flower Park
    rating 11 Reviews
    Address
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Hasamachou 607
    Phone
    0284914939
  • Kurayami Festival at Ōkunitama Shrine (くらやみ祭)

    Kurayami Festival at Ōkunitama Shrine

    Kurayami Festival at Ōkunitama Shrine

    Known as the Darkness Festival, this lively event runs from April 30th to May 6th in Fuchu City. The main spectacles take place at night, such as the procession of traditional floats and the “komakurabe,” a horseback competition where 6 riders take 3 individual laps through the street.

    URL:https://www.ookunitamajinja.or.jp/matsuri/5-kurayami.php

    Okunitama Jinja Shrine
    rating 200 Reviews
    Address
    Tokyo Fuchushi Miyamachi 3-1
    Phone
    0423622130
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