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 16 February - 31 March, 2019.
See photos and sightseeing guides here.

Winter Peony Garden


Winter Peony Garden is open at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno!


1 January - 24 February, 2019
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)

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast 2019


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


The first cherry blossom forecast for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc, 2019 was released on 24 January and it is being updated on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary until May.
Check Out Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast for Japan 2019 NOW!!

Valentine's Day


World-famous chocolatiers' wonderful chocolates gather in Tokyo for St. Valentine's Day!
You can meet a lot of them in department stores and shopping centers. Visit Ginza, Tokyo Station, Shibuya or any other popular places to explore "Japanese" Valentine's Day!


2 Department Stores Recommended in Ginza to Get Chocolates for St. Valentine's Day

Winter Lighting


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, 2018 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)



Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shimbashi and Hamamatsucho.


17:00 - 23:00, 15 November, 2018 - 14 February, 2019 in Caretta Shiodome
(18:00 - in January and February)
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Travel Planning Tips


Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in winter.

Tokyo Tower features warm lights and the living Chrismas tree.
Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy - Orange Illumination: 16:00 - 23:00, 2 November, 2018 - 28 February, 2019
(12:00 - 23:00 from December)


See Report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016


Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station with Christmas lighting.

The Christmas lights at the very central station of Tokyo are famous for being modern and artistic.
From November, 2018, - February, 2019 (Depending on the street, building, etc.)



The most fashionable street in Japan is lighted up in Christmas season.
Go to Harajuku Guide


Tokyo Marathon 2019 is being held on 3 March!
Many streets are closed for the race on the day. I advise you to check out the course map to avoid annoying situations.
Tokyo Marathon Official Website (English)


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 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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