TOKYO BY SEASONS

Cherry blossoms, fireworks and bon-odori dance festivals, and seasonal delicacies—this section shines the spotlight on Tokyo’s four seasons.

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Tokyo may evoke the image of row upon row of skyscrapers. But in spring, the metropolis offers a view of a variety of flowers, including cherry blossoms. Parks turn a pale pink, with over a thousand cherry trees, riverbanks are adorned with cherries in full bloom, and many of these spots illuminate the blossoms at night to showcase the beauty of spring in Japan. There are also a great variety of Spring festivals. The Edo Nagashibina, which floats paper hina dolls in the river to pray for the health of children, the Daruma-ichi doll fair, and other large festivals and fire-walking ceremonies held at shrines and temples are all must-see traditional events.

SPRING HIGHLIGHTS

Cherry blossoms

Sakura viewing spots, from Ueno to the Sumidagawa River to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Spring flowers

Rape blossoms, azaleas, wisteria vines, and roses… Colorful flowers that mark the arrival of spring

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SPRING EVENTS

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