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Plum (apricot/ume) blossoms are blooming now! The peak is late February to March.


The famous Plum Blossom Festival in Mito is 18 February - 31 March, 2017.
See photos and sightseeing guides from here.


Inside Tokyo City, you will see plum blossoms in temples, shrines, Japanese gardens and some local streets.


Hamarikyu Garden: Plum (Ume) Blossoms in Hamarikyu Garden - Japanese Early Spring


Shiba Park: Plum (Ume) Blossoms in Shiba Park - Japanese Early Spring This park is located at the foot of Tokyo Tower.


Koishkawa Korakuen Gardens: See the travel guide


Mukojima Hyakka-en Gardens: Plum Blossoms & Early-Blooming Cherry Blossoms in Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden


Hiwatari-Sai (Walking-On-Fire Festival) is held in Mt. Takao IN TOKYO on 12 March!


It is a big annual festival of Yakuoin Temple in Mt. Takao. After seeing the ceremony, not only the priests and ascetics, common visitors can join walking-on-fire.
Why not experience the very unique festival?


Walking On Fire Festival in Mt. Takao, Japan - A Report & Sightseeing Guide


At Yakuoin Temple's shrines and parking area at the foot of Mt. Takao.
13:00 -, 12 March, 2017



Cherry Blossom (sakura) Season is late March to early April! The first cherry blossom forecast for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc, 2017 was released on 24 January and it is being updated on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary.
Check Out Cherry Blossom (sakura) Forecast for Japan 2017 NOW!!


Hina-Matsuri, Japanese girls' festival, is on 3 March!
You'll see traditional dolls and snacks for Hina Matsuri in the city.
Blog Posts:
Hina Matsuri & Dolls: Japanese Girls' Festival
Hina Arare Snacks - for girls' festival in Japan



Winter Lighting lasts until February!

Ongoing Winter Lighting in Tokyo


Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in winter.

In 2016 - 2017, the icon of Tokyo features One Piece, the best-selling manga & anime, for winter lights.
16:00 - 23:00, 3 November, 2016 - 28 February, 2017
See the report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016!




Autumn Colors' peak is late November to early December in Tokyo.
Links to Blog: Autumn Colors in Tokyo City #01 - Red Maple Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden and more!


4 Seasons in Tokyo

Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!


Open Tokyo Event Calendar.


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Go to the list of luxury hotels in Tokyo.


A List of Cheap Hostels: Cheap hostels in Tokyo are listed with short comments about their locations to help some backpackers who have the image that it is hard to find accommodation in Tokyo.

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