12 Most Exciting Things To Do In Japan In March 2024

Planning a trip to Japan in March? Here are some fun things to do in Japan in March. Check it out!

If you ask me, is March a good time to visit Japan? My answer will be, “Yes, It is.”

Even though each day in this country brings out new beauty and attractions, this month has a special aura.

You are able to kill two birds with one stone if you visit Japan in March!!

What!! Confused?

Well, what I meant is that you can experience two different seasons, winter & spring, during this month.

In the beginning, you can enjoy winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and other snow events.

And, while spring approaches in the middle of the month, you will feel like entering into a pink paradise covered by cherry blossoms everywhere!!

Besides, there are various things to do in Japan in March, and today I will share the most exciting ones with you.

12 Best Things To Do In Japan in March

Here I will describe some cool things to do in Japan during March one by one.

And hopefully, after checking out all of them, you will find the answer to this question: where should I go in Japan in March?

I will start with one of the most popular ones, exploring the beautiful cherry blossom view.

The Lovely Cherry Blossom Scene

Cherry blossoms are one of the top attractions in Japan that both local people and foreigners admire.

These pretty pink flowers start blooming from late March across the whole country.

Cherry blossom in Japan

When you see them covering up around like a pink carpet, you will be stunned by the scene.

WoW!! Only this word will come out from your mouth. You will feel like entering into a dreamland.

The flourishing of cherry blossoms depends on the weather. For example, Kawazu-zakura is a type that starts to bloom from mid-February and can be seen till mid-March.

If the weather is warm, they start to flourish earlier than average.

But, it’s sure that you won’t miss seeing these flowers if you come in March.

Although you will see them almost everywhere, Tokyo and Kyoto are the most famous spots that uplift the view to another level.

In Kyoto, Philosopher’s Path, Takenaka Inari Shrine, Haradani-en Garden, Maruyama Park, Keage Incline are some of the best places where you can see these flowers.

And, if you decide to see them in Tokyo, you can go to Meguro River, Chidorigafuchi, Aoyama Cemetery, Inokashira Park, Rikugien Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.

Even if these two cities are the best places to visit in Japan in March, they are highly crowded during sakura season (cherry blossom).

Cherry Blossom Japan

Feeling sad!!

Maybe you were planning to propose your partner in a romantic place while avoiding the crowd.

Well, I know some less crowded places too..

Personally, I like the Tohoku region, which is situated in northern Japan. 

This area is one of the underrated places and less crowded, but has breathtaking views, especially in Hirosaki Castle. 

The blooming starts here in late March, but if you plan to stay till April, you will see full flourishing.

Also, you can consider going to the Hokkaido region.

Numbers of cherry blossom festivals are held across the country this month.

You will find delicious food stalls, drinks, and events that you should not miss at any cost.

Skiing & Snowboarding

If you are an enthusiast of snow activities, you already know the thrilling feel of snowboarding or skiing.

In March, the northern part and mountain regions in Japan have pretty much winter-like weather.

And on some days you can enjoy snowboarding in sunny and warm weather.

Snowboarding in Japan

In Japan, Hokkaido is known as a ski paradise. If you want to visit Japan for a ski vacation, you should go to Hokkaido’s ski resort at least once.

Besides skiing, you will find numerous areas for snowboarding in Niseko.

While talking about one of the top ski resorts, Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu comes out first.

This place is a package of entertainment with endless dry powder, long ski runs, phenomenal horizontals, restaurants, and hotels.

Even if you are a newbie in skiing, you can learn from instructors there who run a ski school. And, they provide private lessons too.

Still, if you are not into skiing & snowboarding, there are other fun winter activities, for example, snow rafting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, reindeer sledding.

Zao Onsen

You can even hike through the peaceful winter forest that is covered in white powder.

Another unique place to visit is Juhyo, the Snow Monsters on Japan’s Mount Zao.

You will find snow-covered trees at Zao Onsen Ski Resort which is situated in Yamagata prefecture.

When you take the Zao Ropeway, you will see snow monsters (Juhyo) below.

Although the best time for going there is in February, you can still find them in early March.

Enjoying Sapporo Snow Festivals & Other Winter Events

Tsunan Snow Festival is a famous winter event that is held in Tsunan city, Niigata prefecture.

The main highlight of this fiesta is the over 2,000 sky lanterns are released in the sky at night. This moment will give you the same feeling of being in the Rapunzel movie.

SKy Lantern

You may imagine how mind-blowing the scenery will be.

If you end up going there, don’t forget to release a lantern along with the locals.

I assure you will never forget this magical moment!!

Besides, you can attend some winter events such as snowboard jump competitions or outdoor activities like observing snowboarders doing crazy tricks.

Suppose you are planning to stay in March for more than one week. In that case, you should consider exploring the Tomamu Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts and the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival at Sounkyo Onsen.

winter illumination

These would be the perfect treats if you missed the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival and Sapporo Snow Festival in February.

Another fabulous winter event in Japan is Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination.

It takes place from mid-October to early -May at a theme park called Nabana no Sato in Kuwana city, which is located in Mie prefecture.

This event is one of my favorites, and I hardly miss going there.

The dazzling light show will make you keep smiling all night long!!

And if you are on a mission to capture the night beauty of Japan, you should visit this place once.

Plum Blossom Viewing at Inabe Plum Grove

Besides cherry blossom (Sakura), there is another traditional Japanese flower which is the plum blossom or Ume.

People who don’t know Japan that much often think that Sakura and Ume are the same flowers.

Plum Grove

But, the truth is they are totally different.

Plum Blossom is a late winter flower, but the Japanese recognize them as an early-blooming spring flower.

There are many places around Japan where Ume can be seen.

Among them, one remarkable place is Mie prefecture, where the Inabe Plum Festival is held.

You will find around 4,000 plum trees displaying the elegance of these flowers.

Usually, this festival takes place from late February to late March every year, so there is no chance you gonna miss them while visiting Japan during this month.

Plum grove

However, if you are looking for things to do in Tokyo in March, you still have the opportunity to view plum blossoms without going to Mie.

How!! Right?

In Tokyo, Yushima Tenjin Shrine hosts an annual plum celebration from February to early March along with various events on weekends and holidays.

So, if your trip is limited within Tokyo, you can consider going to this festival as an alternative to Inabe.

Attending Omizutori: A Sacred Water-Drawing Festival

You probably know that Japan is a country with lots of divine temples and shrines.

These places can calm your mind, and you can escape from the busy life for moments to find inner peace.

Nara Park is such a sacred place which consists of temples, gardens, Buddha statues, museums, and archeological artifacts.

Nara Park

You will also see hundreds of deer roaming around freely there. And if you meet them, don’t forget to say hello, my dear!!

At Todaiji Temple In Nara Park, one of the oldest traditional festivals of Japan, Omizutori occurs from 1st to 14th March.

It is a ritual that is being celebrated to welcome Spring with more than 1200 years of history.

Although the ceremony takes place for two weeks, the main highlight happens on the evening of 12th March.

Giant torches are lit with fire, and priests run around the temple’s balcony while the worshipers stand underneath the ashes for good luck.

It is believed that, while watching the ceremony, if someone is being showered with the sparks from the fire, then the person will be protected from evil things.

Additionally, the ritual of water drawing is also performed by the priests.

So, if you want to experience something impressive and unusual, you should not miss this event at any cost.

Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka

The Sumo tournament is organized six times a year, three times in Tokyo (January, May, September), and once in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July), Fukuoka (November).

Since you have the opportunity to attend the Osaka one, you can add this thing to your bucket list.

Sumo is a Japanese form of heavyweight wrestling. It takes place at Edion Arena Osaka.

Japanese Sumo

If you watch a Sumo match at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, it will add an excellent cultural experience to your Japan trip.

For ticket information, you can check out this site.

In case you don’t want to attend the tournament, you can visit a sumo stable and witness a morning practice session.

Sumo stable is the place where the wrestlers live and train together. There are about 40 stables, all of which are located in Tokyo, especially in Ryogoku district.

However, these are neither public places nor visiting spots.

Only a few stables allow visitors, yet they insist tourists come with a person fluent in Japanese and familiar with the sumo world tradition.

Hence, if you want to go there, be sure to take someone who knows well about the culture.

Hina Matsuri: A Traditional Japanese Doll

Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day or Doll Festival) celebrated on 3rd March, is the day to pray for the happiness and well-being of young girls.

Usually, it is celebrated with traditional dolls called Hina Ningyo, along with Hina Matsuri food like Chirashi Zushi and colorful rice crackers.

Hina Matsuri

You will find decorations of these dolls throughout Japan. Even some prefectures held events to celebrate this festival.

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In case you miss the festival, you can still get a glimpse of these dolls by visiting Saitama city’s Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum.

It’s a unique and only public museum of dolls in Japan.

There are three galleries in the museum. The first one reveals the manufacturing history of Iwatsuki dolls.

ina-Matsuri

You will find attractively preserved Edo period to contemporary dolls displayed with lighting in climate-controlled cabinets in the second gallery.

And the third gallery is for special exhibitions.

From their website, you can find every piece of information about their permanent and special exhibitions as well as a user guide.

There is a Nigiwai Koryukan workshop space next to the museum, where monthly crafts, sweets, and doll projects are scheduled. But, you will need to book in advance to attend them.

A cafe is also situated in Nigiwai Koryukan, where you will find seasonal menus and festival-related foods.

Taste The Fresh Strawberries

From January to April is the season of strawberries in Japan. In general, Japanese strawberries are very sweet, juicy, and finely shaped.

Two of the best ways to enjoy these fruits during the season are picking them up or eating a dessert buffet.

Many hotels in Japan, including Grand Hyatt, Hilton, and International Hotel, arrange a strawberry dessert buffet.

Strawberries desert

Each hotel offers luxurious and creative items made from these fresh and delicious fruits.

If you love them a lot, you will feel like entering into the heaven of strawberries!!

Also, you can have fun by picking unlimited strawberries on a farm.

Farms like Yoshimura Strawberry Park in Mashiko town, Tochigi Prefecture, have six different varieties.

They offer tourists to eat as much as they can with no time limit. And, you only need to pay less than 2000 Yen to get this service.

Strawberry Farm

You can even buy them from a specific area to take home.

There is another farm like this one which is near Tokyo, named Kamakura Kanko Ichigo Farm.

However, this farm offers a 30-minute strawberry picking experience, which you can pick and eat as many as you like.

So, if you like to taste some fresh and juicy strawberries, you can pay a visit to any of these farms.

Higashiyama Hanatouro in Kyoto

Kyoto is indeed one of the best cities to visit in Japan in March.

The entire Higashiyama region in eastern Kyoto gets ready for the fun-filled night event recognized as the Higashiyama Hanatouro.

Higashiyama

It’s a traditional event that happens twice a year. One is in Arashiyama Hanatouro during December, and another is Higashiyama Hanatouro in early to mid-March.

Hanatouro means “Light & Blossoms Pathway.”

The event features pleasant light-up to brighten the delightful streets of Kyoto, which lasts for ten days.

A dance performance for tourists is organized after dark when stores and temples in this area are usually closed.

The lights are turned on around 6 Pm and remain until 9.30 Pm. Beautiful lanterns light up the paths from the historical Shoren-in temple to the world-famous Kiyomizu-dera temple.

Several temples & shrines let people stay at night, and arrange illuminated gardens and buildings.

You can even enjoy lots of events free by strolling around the area, like admiring the artwork created by local students, stunning flower arrangements, and performances such as maiko dance and a fox bride precession.

You know what, a single night is not enough to see everything that Hanatouro offers.

hanatouro

And I am pretty much sure after roaming around the city, you will want more and more to explore!!

Don’t forget to check out their website for more information and look for updates on the event if you are eager to attend it.

Well, if you are planning a post valentine romantic trip with your lover, my next one is a must-do thing for you.

Spend A Sweet & Lovely Moment On White Day

Love & affection!!

14th February represents these two words and is called Valentine’s day.

Yeah, Yeah!! I know that I don’t need to say it, as everyone knows it specifically.

You can forget your own birthday but not this day if you have a special one!!

Anyway, on this day, Japanese women give chocolate to men.

In Japan, there is a unique custom for men to return gifts to women a month later, on 14th March, which is called White Day.

Chocolate

Like on Valentine’s Day, departmental stores and confectioneries offer a special promotion on this day and sell various fancy sweets.

So, be sure to be a lovey-dovey to your sweetheart and present a beautiful gift.

It’s quite certain that your lover will melt like sweet chocolate!!

Okay, I have finished talking about the things you can do in Japan in March.

Yet, an essential factor that you need to know is, how cold is Japan in March?

I will give you some important info about this matter in my later segment.

Whale spotting

Japan’s islands are home to some of the most amazing and diverse wildlife in the world. You could witness everything from humpback whales to hammerhead sharks, gigantic salamanders to spider crabs, snow monkeys to tanuki, depending on the time of year you go.

 The Shiretoko peninsula’s Rausu region is a fantastic place to witness the extremely uncommon Baird’s Beaked Whale in March. 

A fantastic area to see Sperm and Humpback whales, as well as the less common Bryde’s, Cuvier’s, and short-finned pilot whales, is the Tokyo prefecture’s Ogasawara Islands.

Attend AnimeJapan Convention

The largest anime event in Japan is AnimeJapan. It will be like a dream come true to attend this massive conference if you enjoy anime, cosplay, and anything related to it. 

Expect to find all the newest information and discussions from the world of anime and organisations like Genco, Aniplex, Toei Animation, and Tatsunoko, as well as costumes, goods, toys, clothes, books, memorabilia, statues, announcements, mini shows, and much more for sale and on display.

Run the Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Marathon is one of the most prestigious and popular marathons in the world. It takes place annually in Tokyo, typically in late February or early March. 

The event attracts thousands of participants from around the globe, including both professional athletes and amateur runners, who come together to test their endurance and achieve personal milestones.

Here are some key aspects of the Tokyo Marathon:

  • Course

The Tokyo Marathon course is designed to showcase the vibrant and dynamic cityscape of Tokyo. 

Runners embark on a 42.195-kilometer (26.2-mile) journey that takes them through some of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, and scenic routes. 

The course often starts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and winds its way through areas such as Shinjuku, Ginza, Asakusa, and the Imperial Palace, offering a diverse and memorable running experience.

  • Elite Runners

The Tokyo Marathon attracts top-tier elite runners from around the world, making it an exciting race to watch for sports enthusiasts. 

Many world-class athletes participate, competing for record times and prestigious titles. 

The presence of these elite runners adds a thrilling element to the event and contributes to the overall atmosphere of competitiveness and achievement.

  • Participation

In addition to elite runners, the Tokyo Marathon warmly welcomes amateur runners of all levels. The event offers a chance for both seasoned marathoners and first-time participants to challenge themselves and cross the finish line in one of the world’s most exciting cities. 

The inclusive nature of the marathon encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds and running abilities to join in and experience the thrill of completing a marathon.

  • Spectator Support

The Tokyo Marathon is known for its enthusiastic and supportive spectators. People line the streets, cheering on the runners, holding encouraging signs, and providing a contagious energy that uplifts and motivates participants throughout the race. 

The vibrant and lively atmosphere created by the spectators contributes to the overall experience and makes it an event to remember for both runners and onlookers.

  • Cultural Highlights

One of the unique aspects of the Tokyo Marathon is the opportunity to experience Japanese culture and hospitality during the race. 

Along the course, you may encounter taiko drummers, traditional music performances, and cheering squads dressed in colorful costumes, all adding a distinct flavor to the event. 

This fusion of athletic endeavor and cultural immersion makes the Tokyo Marathon a truly memorable experience.

  • Charity and Fundraising

The Tokyo Marathon also has a strong emphasis on charitable causes and fundraising. Many participants use the marathon as a platform to raise funds for various charities and causes close to their hearts. 

This philanthropic aspect adds a sense of purpose and community involvement, inspiring runners to go the extra mile while contributing to meaningful initiatives.

  • Post-Race Celebrations

After crossing the finish line, participants can enjoy post-race celebrations and festivities. Tokyo’s vibrant food scene offers a diverse array of culinary delights to refuel and savor. 

Runners can also indulge in traditional Japanese hot springs or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s parks and gardens to relax and soak in the post-marathon ambiance.

The Tokyo Marathon combines the thrill of running with the rich cultural tapestry of Tokyo, creating an extraordinary experience for participants and spectators alike. 

Whether you’re a dedicated runner seeking a new challenge or an avid supporter of the sport, the Tokyo Marathon offers an opportunity to witness the resilience, determination, and spirit of the global running community in one of the world’s most captivating cities.

Visit the Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a renowned historical landmark located in the heart of Osaka, Japan. Steeped in rich history, it offers visitors a captivating journey back in time. 

Here’s an elaboration on Osaka Castle:

  • Historical Significance

Osaka Castle, known as “Osaka-jo” in Japanese, played a pivotal role in Japan’s feudal history. Originally built in the late 16th century, it served as a symbol of power and served as the residence of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a prominent samurai warrior and political figure during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. 

The castle witnessed significant events and battles that shaped Japan’s feudal era, including the unification of the country under Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s rule.

  • Architectural Grandeur

Osaka Castle is renowned for its architectural grandeur and striking appearance. The castle’s main tower stands tall with its five stories and commanding presence, while the surrounding walls and moats add to its formidable aura. 

The castle’s exterior is adorned with intricate details and ornate golden accents, exemplifying the opulence and craftsmanship of the era.

  • Castle Museum

Within the castle’s walls, visitors can explore the Osaka Castle Museum, which provides a comprehensive look into the castle’s history, its significance, and the era in which it was built. 

The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, including armor, weapons, artworks, and historical documents, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the lives of the feudal lords and the events that transpired within the castle’s walls.

  • Observation Deck

Ascending to the top floor of Osaka Castle’s main tower rewards visitors with breathtaking panoramic views of Osaka’s skyline and the surrounding park. 

The observation deck offers a vantage point to appreciate the city’s modern landscape while also providing a glimpse into the castle’s strategic positioning during its heyday. It’s an ideal spot to capture memorable photographs and take in the beauty of Osaka from above.

  • Castle Park

The castle is surrounded by a sprawling park, known as Osaka Castle Park, which spans approximately 60,000 square meters. 

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The park features extensive green spaces, cherry blossom trees, and walking paths, making it a popular spot for leisurely strolls, picnics, and outdoor activities. 

During the cherry blossom season in spring, the park becomes a vibrant canvas of delicate pink hues, attracting locals and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty of the blooming sakura trees.

  • Cultural Events

Osaka Castle Park serves as a venue for various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. 

These events showcase traditional Japanese arts, music performances, and martial arts demonstrations, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the country’s cultural heritage. 

From tea ceremonies to cherry blossom viewing parties, these events add a lively and festive atmosphere to the castle and its surroundings.

  • Historical Reenactments

Visitors to Osaka Castle may have the chance to witness historical reenactments and performances, bringing the castle’s history to life. 

These reenactments often involve actors dressed in period costumes, showcasing samurai battles, traditional ceremonies, and cultural practices.

The performances provide a glimpse into the feudal era and allow visitors to experience the atmosphere and drama of the castle’s past.

In summary, Osaka Castle stands as a testament to Japan’s rich history and serves as a captivating destination for history enthusiasts, architecture admirers, and cultural explorers. 

With its imposing structure, informative museum, picturesque park, and immersive experiences, Osaka Castle offers a remarkable opportunity to step into history and gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s feudal past.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a poignant and significant site located in Hiroshima, Japan. It serves as a powerful symbol of peace and a solemn reminder of the tragic events that unfolded during World War II. 

Here’s an elaboration on Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park:

  • Historical Significance

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park stands on the grounds where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, during the final stages of World War II. 

The park is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the atomic bombing and aims to promote peace and nuclear disarmament. 

It serves as a solemn reminder of the devastating consequences of nuclear warfare and the importance of striving for a peaceful world.

  • Peace Memorial Museum

At the heart of the park, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum offers visitors a comprehensive and emotional journey through the history of the atomic bombing and its aftermath. 

The museum displays personal belongings, photographs, and artifacts that depict the tragedy, as well as firsthand accounts of survivors (known as hibakusha). The exhibits provide a sobering insight into the horrors of the bombing while conveying a message of hope for a peaceful future.

  • Memorial Cenotaph

One of the central features of the park is the Memorial Cenotaph, which serves as a symbolic tomb for the victims of the atomic bombing. 

The cenotaph houses a stone chest that holds the names of the deceased, representing the wish for eternal peace. 

At its center, there is a clear view of the Peace Flame and the Atomic Bomb Dome, creating a powerful visual connection between the memorial and the remnants of the past.

  • Peace Flame

The Peace Flame, located near the Memorial Cenotaph, has burned continuously since it was lit in 1964. 

It symbolizes the hope for peace and serves as a reminder of the ongoing commitment to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The flame will burn until the world is free from the threat of nuclear devastation.

  • Atomic Bomb Dome

One of the most iconic landmarks within the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. 

It is the skeletal remains of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which was one of the few structures near the hypocenter to survive the atomic bombing. 

The dome stands as a haunting and powerful symbol of the destructive force of nuclear weapons. Its preserved state serves as a reminder of the tragedy while conveying a message of resilience and the importance of peace.

  • Children’s Peace Monument

The Children’s Peace Monument, dedicated to the young victims of the atomic bombing, stands as a testament to the enduring hope for a peaceful future. 

The monument features a bronze statue of a young girl named Sadako Sasaki, who became a symbol of peace through her efforts to fold 1,000 origami cranes before succumbing to radiation-related illness. The monument inspires visitors to reflect on the impact of war on innocent lives and the importance of nurturing a peaceful world for future generations.

  • Reflective Spaces and Memorials

Throughout Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, there are various reflective spaces and memorials where visitors can pay their respects, contemplate, and offer prayers for peace. 

These areas include the Memorial Mound, the Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and the Monument of Prayer for Peace, among others. These spaces invite visitors to engage in personal reflection, meditation, and remembrance.

Visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park allows individuals to reflect on the immense human suffering caused by the atomic bombing while fostering a deep appreciation for peace and the pursuit of a nuclear-free world. 

Naruto Whirlpools

The Naruto Whirlpools are a natural phenomenon that occurs in the Naruto Strait, located between Awaji Island and Shikoku Island in Japan. Here’s an elaboration on Naruto Whirlpools:

  • Formation and Tides

The Naruto Whirlpools are formed by the powerful tidal currents that flow through the narrow Naruto Strait, connecting the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean. 

The strait’s unique geography, combined with the large volume of water passing through it, creates a dynamic and captivating spectacle of swirling whirlpools. 

The tides play a crucial role in the formation of these whirlpools, with their intensity varying throughout the day.

  • Size and Power

The Naruto Whirlpools can reach impressive sizes, with some whirlpools expanding up to 20 meters (66 feet) in diameter. 

The sheer power of the swirling water is awe-inspiring, creating a mesmerizing display of nature’s might. As the tides shift and the currents collide, the whirlpools form and disappear in a cyclical pattern, captivating onlookers with their constant motion.

  • Sightseeing Boat Tours

Visitors have the opportunity to witness the Naruto Whirlpools up close by embarking on a sightseeing boat tour. 

These tours take passengers on a thrilling adventure through the strait, providing a front-row view of the whirlpools in action. 

The boats are specially designed to navigate the turbulent waters, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience. 

Being in the midst of the swirling whirlpools offers a unique perspective on the sheer power and beauty of nature.

  • Uzu no Michi Promenade

The Naruto Whirlpools can also be observed from the Uzu no Michi promenade, a pedestrian walkway located on the Naruto Bridge. 

The promenade provides an elevated viewpoint, allowing visitors to witness the whirlpools from a higher vantage point. 

It offers a panoramic view of the strait and the surrounding scenic landscape, making it a popular spot for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

  • Ryozenji Temple and Shikoku Pilgrimage

The Naruto region is also home to the Ryozenji Temple, which holds great significance for pilgrims embarking on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. 

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage route that spans 88 temples across Shikoku Island. 

Ryozenji Temple is the first temple on this pilgrimage route, making it a significant place for spiritual reflection and starting the pilgrimage journey. 

Visitors to the Naruto Whirlpools can combine their experience with a visit to Ryozenji Temple and explore the cultural and religious aspects of the region.

  • Scenic Surroundings

The area surrounding the Naruto Whirlpools is known for its scenic beauty. Lush green hills, rugged coastlines, and the azure waters of the Seto Inland Sea create a picturesque backdrop for the whirlpools. 

Visitors can take leisurely walks along the coastline, enjoy the fresh sea breeze, and appreciate the natural splendor of the area.

The Naruto Whirlpools offer a captivating natural spectacle that showcases the power and beauty of the ocean currents. 

Whether observed from a sightseeing boat or from the Uzu no Michi promenade, the whirlpools provide a unique and exhilarating experience. 

Combined with the cultural significance of Ryozenji Temple and the stunning surrounding landscapes, a visit to the Naruto Whirlpools offers a memorable encounter with nature’s grandeur.

Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Hanayashiki Amusement Park is a delightful and charming amusement park located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. 

It is one of the oldest amusement parks in Japan and offers a nostalgic and whimsical experience for visitors of all ages. 

Here’s an elaboration on Hanayashiki Amusement Park:

  • History and Charm

Hanayashiki Amusement Park has a rich history dating back to 1853 when it originally opened as a flower park. 

Over the years, it has transformed into a beloved amusement park, combining traditional elements with modern attractions. 

The park’s nostalgic ambiance and quaint atmosphere make it a unique and charming destination.

  • Classic Rides

Hanayashiki Amusement Park is known for its classic rides that evoke a sense of nostalgia. 

From a wooden roller coaster that has been in operation since 1953 to spinning teacups, a Ferris wheel, and a carousel, the park offers a range of timeless attractions. 

These rides provide a sense of vintage charm and a glimpse into the amusement park experiences of the past.

  • Family-Friendly Attractions

The park caters to families and offers attractions suitable for visitors of all ages. Children can enjoy kiddie rides, a mini train, bumper cars, and a petting zoo. 

The park’s compact size makes it easy for families to navigate and ensure that everyone can participate in the fun.

  • Thrill Rides

While Hanayashiki Amusement Park is known for its classic and family-friendly attractions, it also features a few thrilling rides for adrenaline enthusiasts. 

The park boasts a gravity-defying spinning coaster called “Space Shot,” which launches riders into the air, providing an exhilarating experience. These thrill rides add an extra element of excitement to the park.

  • Hanayashiki Ninja Experience

Hanayashiki Amusement Park offers a unique interactive experience with its Hanayashiki Ninja attraction. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of ancient ninjas and participate in a themed obstacle course. 

This experience allows guests to unleash their inner ninja and embark on an adventure filled with challenges and excitement.

  • Beautiful Garden Setting

The park is nestled in a picturesque garden setting, surrounded by greenery and flowers. This serene environment provides a relaxing escape from the bustling city, creating a peaceful atmosphere within the park.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the garden areas, appreciating the beauty of nature.

  • Festive Atmosphere

Hanayashiki Amusement Park often hosts seasonal events and festivals, adding a festive touch to the park’s atmosphere. 

During holidays such as Halloween and Christmas, the park is adorned with decorations and offers themed activities, entertainment, and special treats. These events enhance the overall experience and provide additional enjoyment for visitors.

Hanayashiki Amusement Park offers a whimsical and nostalgic experience, allowing visitors to unleash their inner child. With its classic rides, family-friendly attractions, thrilling experiences, and beautiful garden surroundings, the park appeals to a wide range of visitors. 

Whether you’re seeking a dose of nostalgia, a fun family outing, or a unique adventure, Hanayashiki Amusement Park invites you to step into a world of joyful playfulness and create lasting memories.

Weather in Japan in March

After the cold winter, temperatures start to rise throughout the country in March.

Although the northern part of Japan (Tohoku, Hokkaido) is still cold, it’s less frizzy than in January and February.

In Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, the expected temperature might be an average of 4° C highs and -4° C lows.

The major cities like Honshu and Kyushu (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka) have relatively warm daytime in March.

The average temperature of these towns is 14° C high and 5° C low.

Okinawa is even warmer. In Naha, the average temperature is 21° highs and 16° C lows.

Rainfall in Japan in March remains low, and it doesn’t often rain.

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There is quite a lot of snowfall in March in Hokkaido and on the Sea of Japan coast of Honshu.

Some Tips That Would Be Helpful for Your Trip

If you are going to stay in Japan for the whole month, I will suggest you pack both warm and winter clothes.

Although the day is sunnier, the night feels a little cold at this time.

As I said, the Hokkaido region is still cold during March, and if you end up going there, then you will need winter clothes to withstand the low temperature.

However, if you stay in Tokyo or the surrounding area, the temperature will be comfortable for outdoor sightseeing.

But, the evening temperature is likely to be a bit cold.

As many visitors come to Japan in March, most public places get crowded, especially the cherry blossom viewing spots.

But, you can still find some areas where crowds are less, with the help of expert local guides.

Also, you should book tickets in advance for popular events.

Crowd and costs of traveling to Japan in March

In March, Japan is in its shoulder season. Although there are more visitors than during the colder months of December to February, April and May are not considered to be the ‘true’ spring months.

Later in March, Japanese schools take a few weeks off, so you can anticipate a lot of venues to be really busy. Even when there aren’t many foreign tourists around, you might have to share space with locals because the Japanese prefer to get out and enjoy when the tourists are not as much, whether that’s at amusement parks or cherry-blossom festivities.

The ski season lasts through March. Skiing is a common pastime among residents even though not many international tourists visit Japan for this activity.

What To Pack For Japan In March?

When packing for Japan in March, it’s essential to consider the weather and activities you plan to engage in during your trip. Here are some suggestions on what to pack for Japan in March:

  • Layered Clothing: March in Japan can be quite changeable, with temperatures ranging from cool to mild. It’s advisable to pack a variety of clothing options that can be layered for versatility. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, light jackets, and a waterproof outer layer to stay comfortable in various weather conditions.
  • Comfortable Shoes: As you explore Japan’s cities and attractions, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Opt for sturdy and comfortable footwear, as you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Sneakers or walking shoes with good support are ideal.
  • Umbrella or Raincoat: March is known for occasional rain showers in Japan. Be sure to pack a compact umbrella or a lightweight raincoat to stay dry during unexpected rain showers. This will allow you to continue exploring without interruptions.
  • Warm Accessories: Although it’s transitioning into spring, evenings in March can still be chilly. Pack a scarf, gloves, and a hat to keep warm during cooler temperatures, especially if you plan to be outside in the evenings or in mountainous areas.
  • Comfortable Pants and Skirts: Pack a mix of lightweight pants and skirts for your trip to Japan. Jeans or trousers are versatile and suitable for most occasions, while skirts are a great option for more formal or dressy outings. Consider packing a few pairs of leggings or thermal undergarments for extra warmth if needed.
  • Adapter and Converter: Japan uses Type A and Type B electrical outlets, so be sure to bring a universal travel adapter and converter if your devices require them. This will allow you to charge your electronic devices without any issues.
  • Medications and Toiletries: If you take any prescription medications, be sure to pack an ample supply for the duration of your trip. It’s also a good idea to bring a small first aid kit with basic essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and any personal medications or remedies you may need.
  • Travel Documents: Don’t forget to bring your passport, travel insurance information, and any necessary visas or identification documents required for your trip to Japan. It’s also wise to have digital and physical copies of important documents in case of emergencies.
  • Electronics and Accessories: If you plan to use electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras, or laptops during your trip, remember to bring the necessary chargers, adapters, and extra batteries. Portable power banks are also handy for charging devices on the go.
  • Travel Guide and Language Resources: Consider bringing a travel guidebook or downloading a travel app to help you navigate Japan and learn about its culture, attractions, and local customs. Basic Japanese phrases or a translation app can also be helpful for communication.

What to expect in Japan in March?

In March, Japan experiences the transition from winter to spring, bringing changes in weather, festivities, and natural scenery. Here’s what you can expect when visiting Japan in March:

  • Weather

March marks the beginning of spring in Japan, but the weather can still be quite variable. At the start of the month, you might encounter remnants of winter with cooler temperatures, especially in northern regions like Hokkaido. 

As the month progresses, temperatures gradually rise, and the cherry blossoms (sakura) begin to bloom in some areas.

However, it’s important to note that the timing of cherry blossom season varies across the country.

  • Cherry Blossom Season

One of the most anticipated events in Japan is the cherry blossom season, which typically occurs in late March to early April.

The blooming of cherry blossoms is celebrated throughout the country, and parks, gardens, and streets become adorned with delicate pink and white flowers. 

If you visit Japan during this time, you can expect to see stunning landscapes and witness the hanami (flower viewing) tradition, where people gather under the blossoms for picnics and socializing.

  • Festivals

March is a vibrant month for festivals in Japan. Some notable events include the Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls’ Day) on March 3rd, where families display ornamental dolls and pray for the well-being of young girls. 

Another major festival is the Omizutori held at Todai-ji Temple in Nara, featuring sacred water-drawing ceremonies and spectacular fire rituals.

These festivals offer a glimpse into Japanese culture, traditions, and vibrant celebrations.

  • Outdoor Activities

As the weather becomes milder, March provides an opportunity to enjoy various outdoor activities in Japan.

You can explore beautiful gardens and parks, go hiking in scenic mountain areas, or visit hot springs (onsen) for relaxation. 

The cherry blossom season also adds a magical touch to outdoor experiences, making it an ideal time for leisurely walks and nature appreciation.

  • Spring Cuisine

March brings a shift in seasonal ingredients and culinary delights in Japan. It’s a great time to savor fresh seafood, including various types of fish and shellfish. 

You might also encounter seasonal specialties such as bamboo shoots, strawberries, and early spring vegetables in local markets and restaurants.

Don’t forget to try some traditional spring dishes, like sakura-flavored sweets and cherry blossom-themed treats.

  • Crowds and Tourism

March is a popular time for tourists to visit Japan, particularly during the cherry blossom season. As a result, popular cherry blossom spots and tourist destinations can become crowded, especially on weekends and during peak bloom. 

It’s advisable to plan and book accommodations and transportation in advance if you’re visiting during this busy period.

  • School Holidays

March in Japan coincides with the spring school vacation period, known as the “Spring Break.” Families often take trips or engage in local activities during this time, leading to increased crowds at popular tourist attractions and transportation hubs.

Remember to check the specific weather conditions and cherry blossom forecast for the region you plan to visit in Japan, as they can vary. 

With proper planning and flexibility, visiting Japan in March allows you to witness the awakening of spring, partake in cultural festivities, and immerse yourself in the beauty of cherry blossoms.

Is the beginning of March a good time to visit Japan?

The beginning of March can be a good time to visit Japan, depending on your preferences and the specific activities you have in mind. 

Here are some factors to consider when deciding if the beginning of March is a suitable time for your trip:

  • Weather

In early March, Japan is transitioning from winter to spring. While temperatures are generally milder than in the peak winter months, there can still be variations across the country. 

Northern regions like Hokkaido and higher elevations may still experience cooler temperatures, while southern regions like Kyushu and Okinawa tend to be warmer.

It’s advisable to check the weather forecast for the specific areas you plan to visit to get a better idea of what to expect.

  • Cherry Blossoms

If witnessing the iconic cherry blossoms (sakura) is a priority for your trip, the beginning of March may be too early in most parts of Japan. The cherry blossom season typically begins in late March to early April, but the exact timing varies from year to year and depending on the region. 

If you’re visiting Japan primarily for the cherry blossoms, it’s recommended to plan your trip for later in March or early April to have a better chance of catching the blooms.

  • Crowds and Prices

Compared to the peak cherry blossom season, the beginning of March tends to be less crowded with tourists. 

While there may still be visitors, it’s generally a quieter period. This can be advantageous if you prefer to explore popular tourist attractions with fewer crowds and want to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. 

Additionally, accommodation prices and flight fares may be lower compared to the peak tourist season, offering potential cost savings.

  • Festivals and Events

March hosts several festivals and events in Japan, such as the Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) and Omizutori in Nara. These cultural celebrations can provide unique insights into Japanese traditions and offer memorable experiences. 

Depending on your itinerary, visiting during the beginning of March may align with specific festivals or events that interest you.

  • Outdoor Activities

March offers opportunities for outdoor activities in Japan as the weather becomes milder. It can be a great time for hiking, exploring gardens, and enjoying nature. However, the exact suitability for outdoor activities may vary depending on the region and weather conditions.

 Some mountainous areas may still have snow or colder temperatures, so it’s essential to research and plan accordingly.

Overall, while the beginning of March may not coincide with the peak cherry blossom season, it can still be a favorable time to visit Japan, especially if you prefer fewer crowds and potentially lower prices. 

It’s essential to consider your specific interests, desired activities, and the regions you plan to visit when deciding if the beginning of March aligns with your travel preferences.

How cold is Japan in March?

In the month of March, Japan is still pretty cold even though it’s the beginning of Spring. The average temperature is around 10°C (50°F). The average temperature in northern side of Japan is still lower at about 5°C (41°F).

Is March a good month to visit Japan?

March is a good time to visit Japan. During the beginning of Spring, Japan is in its shoulder season where it’s not overcrowded with tourists. But you can still expect some tourist crowd. You can view Cherry blossoms and attend Spring festivals in Japan in the month of March. Japan is vibrant in this month and you have a lot of activities opening up in the month of March in Japan too!

Conclusion

By now, you might have got a broad idea about what things to do in Japan in March.

If possible, try out all the mentioned things. Each of them has its own kind of excitement, and you will gain a different type of experience by doing them.

This island country has so many things to offer that one trip may not be enough to explore everything.

So, I expect you will come back here every time for a new adventure and leave with a beautiful smile on your face.

Arigato Gozaimasu (Thank You)….

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