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Updated: February 4, 2020
This festival is held every year on a Sunday in mid-March, the peak season for Japanese plum blossoms. It takes place in Yoshino Baigo, an area famous for the flowers—specifically, on a road called Jindaibashi-dori, near Hinatawada Station.
In addition to enjoying traditional hayashi performances (local music performed on traditional Japanese instruments) and lion dances, you will also have a chance to see a parade featuring Tokyo Metropolitan police officers riding horses and motorbikes, adorable mascot characters from the region, as well as samurai warriors wearing handmade helmets and armor. Other attractions include the lively Koenji Awa Odori dance, organized by Suginami City.
The many stalls sell an assortment of enticing products. You can also pair your trip to the festival with a visit to nearby plum blossom sites like Ume-no-koen Park or the farms of Nakamichi for a full day's entertainment.