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■ This Week's Events in Tokyo
March, 5th week
Since the cherry flowers started to blossom here and there in Tokyo, why don't we see what kind of sakura events are going on in town?
Here are some major ones that draw many visitors every spring, but there are so many more all over Tokyo.
 

○3/21 Tuesday - 4/9 Sunday <The 57th Ueno Sakura Festival>

Ueno Onshi Park is Tokyo's most prominent cherry blossom viewing spot which is also one of the 100 best sakura viewing spots in Japan. About 1,200 cherry blossoms mostly Someiyoshino kind are planted, and there is a 300-meter-long sakura prominade where people enjoy walking through the thick tunnel of magnificent pink. Many events and fairs are held during the festival season such as the traditional dance and music, flower fair, open sky antique fair and many more. The park is also a great place for those who want to be indulged in the elegant beauty of night sakura, another aspect of beauty with dim yet soft lights of the paper lanterns. (Lighting hours... 17:30-20:00)

[Date] March 21 (Tue) - April 9 (Sun)
[Location] Taito-ku Ueno Park, Ueno Onshi Park
[Access] 2-min-walk from Ueno Station: JR Yamanote Line (and more JR lines), Tokyo Metro Ginza and                  Hibiya Lines, Keisei Line
[Inquiry] 03-3832-0084 (Ueno Kanko Remmei - Ueno Tourism Organization)
[Admission] free
[URL] http://www.ueno.or.jp (Official Site in Japanese)
            http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/kouen/park.cgi?id=5 (Tokyo Metropolitan Govt. Official Site, Japanese)

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○3/21 Tuesday - 3/29 Wednesday <The Lighting of Weeping Cherry and the Daimyo Garden of Rikugien>
One of Tokyo's best Japanese gardens, Rikugien will have its annual light-up of the weeping cherry tree and Daimyo Garden. See the beautifully lit up weeping cherry tree dignifiedly set off against the night sky of early spring and the Daimyo Garden, the best gardenwork of Edo.

- Illumination of the weeping cherry tree (17m wide, 13m tall)
Lights on around sunset till close
N.B. Some areas of the garden may be closed after 17:00 due to safety reasons.
- Sakura-Jaya (Tea House)
A temporary tea house where you can have drinks and snacks is set next to the weeping cherry tree. Open 10:00-20:00
- Green Tea and Japanese Sweets
At Fukiage-Jaya (Tea House) and Shinsentei you can have matcha (thick green tea) and wagashi (Japanese sweets).
Hours Fukiage-Jaya 9:00-20:30
Shinsentei 10:00-20:00
Fee JPY500
- Garden guided tour
Hours 11:00-/ 14:00- (approx. 60 minuted long)
Fee free
N.B. Meeting points will be announced on the bulletin board next to the service center

[Date] March 21 (Tue) - March 29 (Wed) 9:00-21:00 (entrance closes at 20:30)
[Location] Rikugien Garden
                   6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 10-min-walk from Komagome Station: JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
                 10-min-walk from Sengoku Station: Toei Mita Line
[Inquiry] 03-3941-2222 (Rikugien)
[Admission] Adults: JPY300 65 and above: JPY150
                     free of charge for 12 and under, and for junior high school students living or studying in Tokyo
[URL] http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/kouen/park.cgi?id=72
            (Tokro Metropolitan Govt. Official Site in Japanese)

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○3/25 Saturday - mid April <Sumida River Bank Sakura Festival>

On the Sumida side of Sumida River along the Bokutei prominade and around the Japanese garden grow approximately 320 cherry trees forming a wonderful arcade. The flowers are lit up with lantern light until about 21:30 during the blossoming season, and a number of people enjoy the night blossoms as well as daylight flowers. The festival features many exciting performances including the singing of children's songs on Apr 1st, Japanese drums concert on Apr 2nd, street performances and the Kappore Dance on Apr 2nd and 9th. As well as the stalls opening from 11:00 to 20:00 during the blossoming season, the popular Mukojima Geiko Tea House will again be set at Sakurabashi Deck Square welcoming those who fully want to enjoy the spring excitement. If you are interested in bringing home something from Sumida, have a look at the Culture and Sightseeing Corner where local snacks and sweets are sold.

[Date] March 25 (Sat) - mid April (as long as the flowers are there!)
[Location] Sumida Park
                   Blocks 1,2,5 of Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 7-min-walk from Honjo-Azumabashi Station: Toei Asakusa Line
                7-min-walk from Asakusa Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tobu Asakusa Line
[Inquiry] 03-5608-6951 (Sumidaku Bunka Kanko Kyokai - Sumida Culture and Tourism Association)
                phone lines open 9:00-17:00 only on weekdays (closed on Sat, Sun and holidays)
[Admission] free
[URL]http://www.kanko-sumida.com

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○3/25 Saturday - 4/24 Monday <Spring Special Garden Opening of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden>

1,500 cherry trees in nearly 75 different kinds gently color up the tranquil garden attracting more than 300,000 visitors every spring. From March 25th to April 24th when the Someiyoshino and Yaezakura are at full blossoming, the Garden will specially be open everyday.

N.B. Bringing in pets and alcohol to the Garden is strictly forbidden. Sports using equipments (bats, balls, rackets, etc), and musical instruments, radios, karaoke are forbidden as well.

[Date] March 25 (Sat) - April 24 (Mon) 9:00-16:00 (gates close at 16:30)
[Location] Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
                 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 10-min-walk from Shinjuku Station south exit: JR Lines, Odakyu Line, Keio Line
                 15-min-walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station: Seibu Shinjuku Line
                 5-min-walk from exit 1 of Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
                 5-min-walk from C1/C5 exit of Shinjuku Sanchome Station: Toei Shinjuku Line
[Inquiry] 03-3350-0151 (Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Office)
[Admission] Adults: JPY200 15 and under: JPY50
[URL] http://www.shinjukugyoen.go.jp/english/english-index.html (Official Site in English)
            http://www.shinjukugyoen.go.jp/ (Official Site in Japanese)

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○3/31 Friday - 4/2 Sunday <Ark Hills Sakura Festival>

Having peripheral roads loaded with cherry trees, the whole of Ark Hills is a great spot to appreciate cherry blossoms. On the Sakurazaka which has been named after an old cherry tree of some time ago, today numerous Someiyoshino boast off their rich blossoms every spring.
The Sakura Festival is held at the Ark Karajan Place, offering a spectacle of fashionable and tasty stalls of the restaurants competing in their tastes and performances, as well as the flower market brightly coloring the plaza. Street performances and music concerts are also held.

[Date] March 31 (Fri) - April 2 (Sun)
             3/31 11:00-20-00
             4/1 11:00-19:00
             4/2 11:00-18:00
[Location] Ark Hills Ark Karajan Place
                   1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 5-min-walk from Roppongi 1-chome Station: Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
[Illumination] 17:30-22:30 during the blossoming season (until about mid April)
[Inquiry] 03-6406-6663
[URL] http://www.ehills.co.jp/rp/dfw/EHILLS/morishop/ark/index_e.php (Official Site in English)
            http://www.ehills.co.jp/rp/dfw/EHILLS/morishop/ark/index.php (Official Site in Japanese)

 

 
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