Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo

Plum Blossoms


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


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


The famous Plum Blossom Festival in Mito, a northern city from Tokyo, is being held on 15 February - 29 March, 2020.
See the photos and travel guide: Mito Plum Blossom Festival.

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast 2020


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


The first cherry blossom forecast for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc, 2020 was released in January and it is being updated on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary until May.
Check Out Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for Japan 2020 NOW!!

Winter Peony Garden


Winter Peony Garden is open at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno!


1 January - 24 February, 2020
Opening Hours: 9:30 -16:30
Admission Fee: 700 yen for adult, free for children under 13.


If traveling in Tokyo in this season, I strongly recommend the beautiful Japanese garden that is full of peony flowers with straw snow fences. The shrine is inside Ueno Park.


See more photos


Winter Peony Garden in Ueno (2014)


Winter Peony Garden in Ueno - photo selection (2015)

Winter Lights


Winter Lighting starts in November lasts until February!

Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo



The big Christmas tree & Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.

In Chrismas season, the beautiful Christmas tree becomes a great addition to the views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
From November, 2019 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)


See how beautiful the views are on Why I Push Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks in Winter!



The Baccarat chandelier & lighting in Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan.

World's biggest Baccarat chandelier is displayed with lights.
Baccarat Chandelier Light Up: 2 November, 2019, - 13 January, 2020
Winter Illumination: 2 November, 2019 - 24 February, 2020


Go to Report of Ebisu Winter Lights


4 Seasons in Tokyo

Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!


Open Tokyo Event Calendar.


Autumn Leaves



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

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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

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link to the easiest subway maps in Tokyo, Japan

The Quickest Hotel Booking

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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.

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