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Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo!


Spring Peony Garden in Ueno Toshogu Shrine is open on 11 April - 13 May!
It is right after the peak of standard kinds of cherry blossoms. In this season, you can see late-blooming cherry blossoms in Ueno Park!


9:00 - 17:00, 700 yen for adult, free for children under 13
See Photos & Guides of Spring Peony Garden

"Golden Week" is public holidays lasting straight in late April to early May.
29, 30 April, 3, 4 and 5 May are public holidays in Japan this year.
It is a high season for tourism. Every must-see place hold some events!


Cherry Blossom (sakura) Season is late March to early April!


The first cherry blossom forecast for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc, 2018 was released on 25 January and it is being updated on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary until May.


Check Out Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for Japan 2018 NOW!!


The sakura season was extremely early in 2018. To help those who are visiting Tokyo in April, April 2018 Cherry Blossom Destinations From / In Tokyo is being updated.


Tokyo National Museum in Ueno opens its Japanese garden to visitors in the cherry blossom season!


13 March - 20 May, 10:00 - 16:00 (It's one month longer than usual years in 2018!)
(10:00 - 19:30 on 30, 31 March, 6, 7 April)
Closed on Monday


Why not meet Japanese and East Asian arts with the beautiful Japanese garden?
Blog Post: The Best Things at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno: full of old & important arts! with general information


Annual Asakusa Sanja Festival is on 18 - 20 May!
We can see traditional dances, parades, etc, at Asakusa Shrine right next to iconic Sensoji Temple!


See Report of Parades of Asakusa Sanja Festival


Go to Asakusa Sightseeing Guide


Kanda Festival is being held at Kanda Myojin Shrine on 14 - 15 May!


See the traditional parades & visitor information!



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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The Easiest Tokyo Maps by a Local

If you want a shortcut to understand Tokyo, or you are about to give up to plan a trip to Tokyo with throwing away a thick travel guidebook, or you are lost in the city at this moment (I hope not!), here are the simplest resolutions.


The Easiest JR Train Map of Tokyo - You'll understand the outline of Tokyo and airport transport with only 1 page!

link to the easiest JR train map in Tokyo, Japan

The Easiest Subway Maps of Tokyo - You won't get lost anymore. Tourist attractions are all covered with these maps and instructions.

link to the easiest subway maps in Tokyo, Japan

The Quickest Hotel Booking

If you don't want any explanations and just want to book a good hotel now, the following are the quickest way to reach.


A List of Worldwide Luxury Hotels: All the hotels on this list are convenient because of good airport transport.

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.

Go to the list of cheap hostels in Tokyo.


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