April events in Tokyo are some of the best this season! This month is a lot of fun since Tokyo comes alive around this time of the year! This month has many unique events and tourism attractions, including the breathtaking cherry blossoms we have all anticipated!
Take advantage of the seasonal celebrations only available at this time of year. Keep reading as we will take you through the best April events in Tokyo that you won’t want to miss!
This event is your chance to watch yabusame in Asakusa, a kind of Japanese martial art of horse-mounted archery. It’s a ceremony where archers dressed in the hunting outfit of medieval warriors shoot at three targets as they race by on horseback. All in all, it’s a unique, impressive event because hitting a target from a moving horse is tricky!
The Asakusa Yabusame event takes place in Sumida Park every April on a unique course about 300 meters long and 2 meters wide and covered in white sand, over which specially trained horses run. We recommend you arrive a lot earlier before the performance to secure a good spot because it is a top-rated and crowded event.
The Wanwan Carnival is a celebration of all things dog. This fun event includes dog clothes, dog grooming, professional photographers, performing dogs, dog quizzes, dancing, famous dogs, obedience, agility, and speed-eating contests.
Bring your pet along to sign up for a free photo shoot, eating contest, health check, or even to enjoy a meal at one of the ten Japanese festival food stands serving both human and canine-friendly food. Even if you’re more of a cat person, this little outing should still make for a productive (or at least enjoyable) afternoon.
In the heart of Tokyo, in the lovely park of Shibuya Garden Tower, you’ll find the Tokyo Romantic Flea Market. Also, there are about 100 shops there that you will love exploring. You are guaranteed to find handicrafts, accessories, fine art, organic foods, and plants.
It takes place on the second Sunday of every month of every year. You can find various vintage pieces here from Japan and worldwide. Since the vendors change every month, there is always something new to see.
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This festival is in a great area, perfect for getting that insta-worthy shot. A garden of shades of pink and purple uses 3,000 azaleas of 100 different species. Taking photographs with these beautiful flowers is a lot of fun. You can also sample Japanese sweets in the temple grounds cafe near the pond.
Two sumo wrestlers face off in the ring while holding a baby in their arms during an event called nakizumo. The purpose of this unusual festival is to bless the baby because “naku ko wa sodatsu” (crying babies grow) means that crying infants will grow up to be strong and healthy.
The baby who starts crying first will win the round. But it’s the other way around in some parts of Japan. The one crying the most wins if both people are crying simultaneously. It is customary to pray for the health and development of the babies at this festival.
This Asakusa festival is trendy for a reason. You can enjoy the yaezakura (a cherry blossom that blooms later). The festival also recreates the processions held back in the Edo period.
The parade displays oiran (highest-ranking courtesans) walking with a large, elaborate escort while fully dressed. This festival is as authentic as it gets in the twenty-first century, even though it’s not entirely on the same level as Edo.
Apart from the oiran parade, you can enjoy a parade of primary school children and a flea market. There are also many delicious food stands and refreshment booths.
Tokyo in April is one of the best times to visit since the sakura trees (cherry blossoms) are in full bloom. The background of your photos will look amazing with these charming light pink flowers.
With the warm weather, other flowers begin to bloom as well, and the parks begin to fill with a range of beautiful colors. Since it’s not cold anymore, spending hours exploring and touring Tokyo is more manageable; the sun’s warmth will make your trip even more fun!
Which April events do you look forward to most? Have you been to any of the events we mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!
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