24 Amazing Things to Do in Japan In Spring 2024

Visiting Japan in Spring? Here are some fun and amazing things to do in Japan in Spring.

Welcome spring in Japan with our guide to the season’s must-do activities. From cherry blossom viewing to cultural festivals, our expert recommendations will lead you to unforgettable experiences.

Perfect for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in Japan’s springtime splendor. Find out the top things to do in Japan this spring.

Here’s a quick summary of all the main events during Spring in Japan:

EventLocationDatesDescription
Jindaiji Daruma Doll FairChofu, TokyoMarch 3-4A festival held every year to sell daruma dolls, which are traditional Japanese good luck charms.
Otaue Rice Planting FestivalIna, NaganoApril 1-2A festival held to celebrate the start of the rice planting season.
Beppu Hattou Onsen MatsuriBeppu, OitaApril
1-3
A festival held to celebrate the opening of the hot springs in Beppu.
Ushibuka Haiya FestivalUshibuka, KumamotoApril
7-8
A festival held to celebrate the fishing industry.
Aoi MatsuriKyotoMay 15One of Kyoto’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.
Nagahama Hikiyama FestivalNagahama, ShigaMay
1-3
A festival held to celebrate the construction of the Nagahama Castle.
Hakata DontakuFukuokaMay
3-5
A three-day festival that features parades, street performers, and fireworks.
Kanda MatsuriTokyoMay 12-15One of Tokyo’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.
Naha Hari FestivalNaha, OkinawaMay
3-5
A festival held to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Seihaku FestivalAkitaMay
1-5
A festival held to celebrate the harvest.
Sanja MatsuriTokyoMay
2-3
One of Tokyo’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring FestivalNikkoMay
1-5
A festival held to celebrate the founding of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.

Things To Do In Japan In Spring

At first, let me inform you about the time and temperature of this season.

In Japan, spring lasts from March to May, and the temperature usually ranges from approximately 4 to 18 °C (40 to 65 °F).

Anyway, now let’s get to the point without any delay. Explore all the 20 activities you can do to experience a fantastic Japan spring trip.

When it comes to talking about springtime in Japan, nothing seems complete without mentioning cherry blossoms.

And that’s why I prefer to make a start with it.

Enjoy Hanami Under Cherry Blossom

It is no mystery that spring in Japan is stunningly beautiful, and undeniably all credit goes to the gorgeous sakura (cherry blossoms) flowers.

These delicate flowers cover the whole country with a sweet pink blanket, attracting people from far and wide to its gardens, parks, and lakes for hanami.

Hanami is the cherry blossom viewing festival in Japan.

Things to Do in Japan In Spring

After the cold winter season, cherry blossoms bring beauty and life to the country. Japanese people spend their busy time enjoying a number of cherry blossom festivals held across the country.

They gather with their family and friends under the cherry blossom trees with lots of food and delicious drinks.

Restaurants and convenience stores in Japan sell special sakura-themed foods.

So, you can join the hanami of the Japanese too to enjoy the spectacular beauty of cherry blossom along with some delicious food.

I can suggest some famous hanami spots for your convenience.

Sakura cherry blossoms

The notable ones are Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo), The Philosopher’s Walk (Kyoto), Kema Sakuranomiya Park (Osaka), Himeji Castle (Hyogo), Goryokaku Fort (Hokkaido), Odawara Castle (Kanagawa), Mount Yoshino (Nara), Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto), Hirosaki Castle (Aomori), and Hanamiyama Park (Fukushima).

The tragic thing about these cherry blossoms is they are short-lived and only last for a week.

However, I think its fleeting lifespan is actually what makes the sakura season so precious.

Witness The Traditional Geisha Dance at Kamogawa Odori in Kyoto

Geisha is one of the fascinating aspects of Japanese tradition. The serene splendor of these geishas is the nation’s most enduring image.

They are women of art and trained in music, dance, traditional arts, and the exquisite art of communication.

Even the existence of these highly skilled women is quite unbelievable in modern Japan.

Geisha figurine

If you wish to catch a glimpse of the few remaining true Geishas and their apprentices called maikos, you should attend Kamogawa Odori, which is a popular annual Geisha dance event.

It takes place every year in Kyoto from 1st to 24th May.

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Their performance was truly breathtaking. It was really captivating to have a closer look at those graceful women with fancy kimonos, lovely ornate hairstyles, and iconic makeup.

Have Fun Strawberry Picking

Strawberry is the queen of spring fruits in Japan. Early spring is the beginning of the strawberry season.

Picking strawberries is one of the popular spring activities not only among the tourists but also with the locals.

There are several accessible strawberry farms near Tokyo to aid this famous doing.

Strawberry Farm

Among them, Yoshimura Strawberry Park and Ichigo no Sato Farm in Tochigi, Tokorozawa Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry in Saitama, Dragon Farm in Chiba, Strawberry House in Kanagawa, and Kamakura Kanko Ichigo Farm in Kanagawa are the mentionable ones.

You may also go for a strawberry hunt at S-Berry Farm, located in Hari Cho, Nara Prefecture.

Some farms will charge according to the weight of fruits you picked, while some others will charge an entry fee for a limited time, such as 30 to 60 minutes.

strawberry farm in japan

Within that time, eat as many strawberries as you want and also pick some for your home.

Be noted that in most cases, you have to book in advance.

In tune with these seasonal fruits, many hotels in Japan hosts strawberry dessert buffets, usually from January to April.

You should visit at least one of the premium strawberry buffets in town if you love strawberries and sweets.

Attend the Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo

While you visit Japan in spring, you will see manifold festivals taking place across the country.

And one of the major spring festivals in Japan is Sanja Matsuri, which is held in Asakusa on the ground of the Senso-Ji temple.

Senso-Ji Temple

It is a celebration for three deities, where each of them has its own giant floats called omikoshi.

You will also see dozens of smaller ones carried by different groups.

Enjoy this colorful procession of floats within a lot of noise and crowd.

matsuri parade

This three day long festival also features a parade and different types of traditional dances. The parade especially is worth the hype!

Besides, there are plenty of food stalls at this festival, so don’t forget to enjoy the food and drinks as well.

Go to the Fire Torch Festival in Nara Prefecture

You will find loads of sacred temples and shrines all around Japan- sometimes in the mountain crest, inside a forest, or sometimes between busy roadside office buildings.

A festival named Omizutori is held on the ground of the biggest temple in the country, Todai-Ji in Nara Prefecture.

This spectacular Omizutori Fire Festival is celebrated every year from 1st to 14th March, and its history dates back to 1250 years ago.

The ritual features the lighting-up of giant torches that are made from pine. They are then carried to the balcony of Nigatsudo, a building within the temple. And a large crowd of worshippers waits below the ashes for good luck.

It is believed that the sparks from the torches protect the onlookers from evil spirits.

NARA Park deer

And as a bonus, there are also more than one thousand deer around the temple in Nara Park.

Enjoy the Wisteria Showers

Apart from the splendid cherry blossoms, some other attractive flowers also bloom during spring.

One of such flowers is wisteria, and you shouldn’t miss seeing it.

For that, you can visit the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture, one of the most famous parks in the country.

Wisteria flower garden

You will get to see old and majestic wisteria trees in full bloom creating a scene of almost unimaginable beauty.

The best time to see these nice flowers is from mid-April to mid-May.

Besides the 150 years old trees that are supported by a grid system that makes the branches grow horizontally, you can also see the tunnels of wisteria flowers of different colors.

The Great Wisteria Festival is also held in this park in springtime. If you really go there, I will highly recommend exploring the city that has deep culture and history.

wisteria festival during spring time

Another best place to see the wisteria tunnels is Kawachi Fuji Garden in Northern Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The clusters of cascading wisterias create an amazing flower tunnel that looks like something out of a fairytale.

These two are the must see places in japan spring.

Visit The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is some of the ideal places to visit in Japan during spring.

Tateyama Mountain range

This route is a bus, train, ropeway, and cable car trail that runs through the inside of the Tateyama Mountain Range.

A certain section of this mountain sightseeing route remains closed during winter.

But from April, it is open for tourists to enjoy the view of a snow wall that goes up to 20 meters.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

If you desire to see the great snow wall, you have to go there from April to the end of May!

See Doll Displays of The Hinamatsuri

3rd March is the day when the Hinamatsuri is celebrated all around Japan. It is also known as dolls’ day or girls’ day. 

Japanese hina dolls (Hina ningyo)

This festival is a celebration for young girls for their happiness and welfare.

On this day, you will see attractive doll displays where traditional dolls called Hina Ningyo are used mainly.

Some prefectures in Japan even organize different types of events on this festive day.

You can enjoy varieties of food like colorful rice crackers and Chirashi Zushi, along with the dolls.

Chirashi-zushi

If you ask for any particular place, I would like to suggest visiting the Kyoto National Museum and the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.

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These are two famous spots to see some of the most amazing ones in the country.

Don’t worry if you miss the festival! Catch a glimpse of these dolls by visiting Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum in Saitama city.

Enjoy A Day Camping in Japan’s Spring Season

Love to keep in touch with nature and avoid crowds?

Then outdoor camping is a must-try for you in spring, which is the most favorable season for it.

From nearby Mt. Fuji to the Japanese Alps, you will find campsites available everywhere in Japan.

Mount Fuji reflected sun rise

I would suggest you try camping around Mount Fuji to experience the amazement of Diamond Fuji when the sun rises on top of the mountain.

Campgrounds that charge a fee range from spots where you can just pitch your tent to cabins for glamping.

Most of them even offer hot showers, bathrooms, and sometimes onsen (hot spring).

Hikarigaoka park

If you are near Tokyo and not interested in going so far, try urban camping in Hikarigaoka Park.

You may also consider one of Japan’s thirty-four national parks for camping.

Check their official website to know the details on campgrounds and bookings.

Explore Culture of Kamakura at Kamakura Matsuri

Kamakura, the ancient city in Kanagawa Prefecture, is one of the political giants of medieval Japan.

After approximately an hour’s of a journey from Tokyo, you can reach Kamakura, a city rich in history.

To celebrate its rich culture and history, a festival is held at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine every year on the second and third Sunday of April.

Rich Culture of Kamakura

The entire town enjoys partying with a plethora of music, performances, and parades of mikoshi (portable shrines) during this festival.

Apart from this festival, this city is home to the famous Great Buddha (Daibutsu) statue and numerous impressive temples.

So, you can also consider visiting those sacred places while being in Kamakura.

Miyako Odori: Witness A Geisha Dance Performance in Kyoto

Miyako Odori is another traditional spring dance festival that features the geisha of the Gion district of Kyoto.

It has been held from 1st April to 24th for more than 140 consecutive seasons.

Japanese geisha and maiko women

Geishas and maikos are the performers of this renowned festival. Here you can enjoy the beautiful “mai” performance of them.

Miyako Odori consists of 8 scenes, and each of them describes the life of geishas or maikos and an aspect of Japanese life in Kyoto.

Taste Seasonal Sakura-themed Foods of Japan

People in Japan are pretty sensitive about the season changing, which is reflected in their food habits.

You will find some unique desserts that especially highlight the arrival of spring.

Sakura Sinko mochi

I will suggest you try some sakura mochi. These traditional rice cake desserts are made with real cherry blossoms.

Besides, some other spring desserts come out in March. Enjoy them while they last.

Cherry blossom rice cake

You can also taste some other dishes of spring such as tai, takenoko, ikanago, ichigo daifuku, spring cabbage, asari clams, sakura taiyaki.

Attend The Inuyama Matsuri to See Three-Story Floats

This festival is held annually in the historic town of Inuyama on the first weekend of April.

Inuyama Matsuri was founded in 1635, which features 13 antique floats that are superbly lit with traditional lanterns at night.

Festival at Night

Two particular things that make it exceptional from the other float festivals are its three-story floats and the lanterns.

You can enjoy it during the daytime, but to me, the evening is the best time.

When it gets dark, the lantern-ornated floats create an illuminating beauty that you can never forget for a lifetime.

See The Carp Kites on Children’s Day

5th May is a national holiday in Japan, which is celebrated as Childen’s Day all around the country, hoping for the health and happiness of children.

Leading up to this holiday, homes and riverside areas all around Japan are decorated with colorful carp kites or carp streamers called koinobori.

And this is a familiar sight in spring.

Japanese carp kites

There are a number of good spots to see them around the country. When you are in Tokyo, try going to the Tokyo Tower on any day starting from 5th April.

This symbolic tower measures 333 meters, so 333 carp kites are hoisted there.

It’s also a fun place to visit since there are many good restaurants around it and you will also find a lot of cool things to do in that area.

Attend The Aoi Matsuri Festival 

Aoi Matsuri is a 2-week long festival that starts on May 3rd. The first event is the mounted Japanese archery or the demonstration of Yabusame where the person mounted on a horse running at full speed tries to shoot a wooden target-like plank at a distance.

If shot with enough force the wooden board may even break in half. 

A religious procession is held on May 12th, with about 100 people dressed in constumes from the Hein period. At the end of the procession at Tadasu no Mori, Kyoto’s sacred forest, there’s singing and dancing to welcome god Aramitama to the festival. 

Aoi Matsuri festival parade

The Aoi Matsuri festival, in fact, was originally celebrated to please the Kamo gods since the 6th century.

Kamo gods were believed to control the weather and thunder. This festival began after the people witnessed a series of severe storms that led to famine and diseases. 

Aoi Matsuri festival

Another Hein Imperial procession is reenacted on May 15th – this is the main event of the festival. This parade starts at the Imperial palace and ends at the Shimogamo Shrine with about 500 people in 8th century Imperial court costumes. 

What To See In Japan In April?

In April, Japan is adorned with beautiful cherry blossoms. Don’t miss the iconic sights like Tokyo’s Ueno Park and Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Path, where you can witness the stunning sakura blooms.

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Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine for historical significance.

Explore Nara’s Todaiji Temple and feed the friendly deer. Experience traditional culture at Kyoto’s geisha district, Gion. Venture to Hakone for breathtaking views of Mount Fuji.

Enjoy Hanami parties, street food, and cultural festivals. April is an ideal time to immerse yourself in Japan’s natural beauty and vibrant traditions.

Costs and Crowds During Spring In Japan

uring spring, particularly during the cherry blossom season, Japan tends to experience a significant increase in both costs and crowds. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

Costs

Accommodation prices can be higher, especially in popular tourist destinations during peak cherry blossom season. Flight tickets may also see an increase in prices, so it’s advisable to book in advance.

Additionally, some attractions, such as gardens or parks with cherry blossoms, may have entrance fees during this time.

Crowds

Spring, especially during cherry blossom season, attracts a large number of tourists both domestically and internationally. Popular cherry blossom viewing spots, parks, and tourist areas can become quite crowded, particularly on weekends and during the peak blooming period.

It’s important to plan ahead, arrive early, and be prepared for larger crowds at popular attractions.

To mitigate costs and crowds, consider visiting lesser-known or off-the-beaten-path destinations in Japan during spring. Additionally, planning your itinerary strategically, including weekdays and less crowded times, can help enhance your experience and avoid excessive crowds.

Spring Weather In Japan in 2024

Here is a summary of Japan’s weather conditions during spring 2024:

Spring in Japan, typically spanning from March to May, is a magical season known for its blooming flowers, comfortable temperatures, and festive atmosphere. Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect in terms of weather in 2024:

Temperature:

  • March: The month sees the gradual arrival of spring with average temperatures ranging from 8°C to 15°C (46°F to 59°F) across the country. Southern regions like Tokyo and Kyoto start to feel warmer, while Hokkaido in the north remains cooler.
  • April: This is the sweet spot of spring, with most of Japan experiencing mild and pleasant weather. Average temperatures hover around 10°C to 19°C (50°F to 67°F), making it ideal for outdoor activities.
  • May: Warmest month of spring, with average highs reaching 23°C (73°F) in the afternoons, particularly in southern regions. Evenings and mornings can still be cool, around 15°C (59°F).

Rainfall:

  • Rainfall increases throughout spring, but it’s generally manageable. Expect more rain in the south and less in the north.
  • March sees moderate rainfall, with around 50% cloudy days.
  • April experiences fewer rainy days compared to March, with sunshine gracing the skies for about 21 days.
  • May might have slightly more rain than April, but it doesn’t dampen the overall pleasant spring vibe.

Spring In Japan: FAQs

What To Pack For Japan In Spring?

While Spring in Japan isn’t hot, it’s not too cold either. So pack some casual, comfort wear that you can put on when you’re sightseeing – like cotton tops, shorts, jeans and cardigan or sweaters.

Make sure you pack comfortable shoes as well so you can walk for long hours. If you plan on going to nice restaurants for date nights with your partner then pack some date night clothes like cocktail dresses and heels.

Also make sure to pack your moisturizer, lip balm, body lotion, and sunscreen. Your skin can feel pretty dry because of the cold winds in Spring. 

Why Visit Japan In Spring?

Visiting Japan in spring offers a multitude of reasons to be enthralled. Witnessing the cherry blossoms, known as sakura, is a captivating experience that blankets the country in delicate pink hues.

The weather is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor exploration. Spring also hosts various cultural festivals and events, such as Hanami parties and traditional ceremonies.

From stunning landscapes adorned with blossoms to a vibrant display of Japanese traditions, visiting Japan in spring promises a memorable and enchanting journey.

Is Spring A Good Time To Visit Japan?

Yes, spring is considered an excellent time to visit Japan. The cherry blossoms, or sakura, bloom during this season, creating breathtaking landscapes throughout the country.

The weather is generally mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Spring also hosts several cultural festivals and events, providing visitors with opportunities to experience traditional Japanese customs.

From the beauty of cherry blossoms to the vibrant celebrations, visiting Japan in spring offers a memorable and enchanting experience for travelers.

Is It Still Cold In Spring In Japan?

Spring in Japan can vary in terms of temperature, but overall, it is a transition period from the colder winter to the warmer summer. At the beginning of spring, particularly in March, it can still be quite chilly, especially in northern regions. However, as the season progresses, temperatures gradually become milder.

By late spring, generally in May, temperatures are typically comfortable, with pleasant daytime temperatures and cool evenings. It’s always a good idea to check the specific weather forecast for the region you plan to visit in Japan during the spring months.

What Should I Wear In Tokyo In Spring?

When visiting Tokyo in spring, it’s recommended to wear layered clothing as the weather can vary. Opt for long-sleeved shirts, lightweight sweaters, and jackets for cooler mornings and evenings.

During the daytime, the weather is usually mild, so you can wear comfortable t-shirts, blouses, or dresses.

Pair them with pants, jeans, or skirts. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as you’ll likely be exploring the city on foot.

Don’t forget to bring a light jacket or sweater for added warmth and an umbrella for occasional rain showers.

What is Tokyo spring like?

Spring in Tokyo is neither too hot nor cold. The temperature ranges from approximately 4 to 18 °C (40 to 65 °F). Cherry blossoms are everywhere, and some other seasonal flowers also appear in full bloom. Manifold festivals, events, and foodstuffs are enjoyed in Tokyo during springtime.

Conclusion

By this time, you have had a broad idea about the things to do in Japan in spring.

I have gathered the top 20 things of different categories to make your Japan spring trip a remarkable one.

I know it’s not possible to add all these to your bucket list.

However, you can try a few that seem more interesting to you.

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