While cherry blossoms or sakura appear at the end of the month, and are eagerly awaited, the rest of March offers much to see and do.
Displays of ornamental dolls are set up to celebrate Hinamatsuri, or Girls' Day on 3 March—a magnificent celebration for Japan's girls. Look for traditional dolls representing the Imperial court on display at shrines and even department stores, or head to Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and pay to see the dolls at the Hyakudan Kaidan.
Very different traditions are celebrated at the Fire-walking Festival at Mt. Takao, where barefooted monks chant and walk atop a path of smoldering embers. Join in the following procession if you dare. The embers will be cooled, but bring something to clean your feet.
Back in downtown Tokyo, take in the sight of a dancing 18-meter-long, 88-kilogram golden dragon at Asakusa's Sensoji Temple. Known as the Kinryu no Mai (Golden Dragon Dance), this event commemorates the temple’s founding.
Should your tastes run to something more contemporary, White Day is celebrated on March 14, when men are supposed to gift their female friends with chocolate in return for the same received on Valentine's Day. March also welcomes St. Patrick's Day celebrations, as well as the pop culture event Anime Japan.