With the arrival of March in Tokyo comes the first sign of spring, making it the best time to visit Tokyo. Sunshine remains in abundance while the chances of intermittent showers increase. By late March, the cherry blossom or Sakura season begins, and the city parks are filled with flower-viewing parties. Early April is considered to be the best time of the year to visit the beautiful country. The temperature is quite pleasant, and with the Sakura season at its peak, it attracts a lot of tourists. The average high remains at somewhere around 17 to 18°C. With longer days and pleasant temperature, May is another great month to explore Tokyo. Temperatures during the day can be anywhere from 20 to 21°C while chances of rain are more as compared to April. A light jacket for the mornings and cold evening would be enough.Events in Spring in Tokyo
- The Fire-walking Festival is held in mid-March where yamabushi monks of Takao-san walk through the flames courageously chanting mantras.
- The Dharma Doll Fair is a festive market held annually at Chofu’s Jindai-Ji Temple on the first weekend of March and features a plethora of Daruma dolls believed to be for good luck.
- Rikugien Garden Illumination is where the shidare zakura and the garden of the feudal Lord are lit up, which creates a picturesque spring sight.
- Celebrated on 8th April, the Hana Festival is a floral festival that celebrates the birthday of Buddha.
- Kanamara Festival also known as the Festival of the Iron Phallus is organised in Kawasaki and features a tall (over 32 inches) pink penis paraded through the streets. The festival is also used to raise money for HIV research.
- The Annual Spring Festival is held at the Yasukuni Shrine during the third weekend of April and features traditional martial arts and dance performance.
- The Golden Week is a series of 4 non-consecutive holidays timed in such a way that it coincides with the most beautiful days of Spring.
- Earth Day Tokyo is the biggest earth-related event in Tokyo and features healthy food, musical performances, and booths that provide information on the environment.
- The Japanese also hold blossom viewing parties, also known as the rollicking hanami parties. The blossoms are hard to time and mostly hit Tokyo or Kyoto in the first week of April.
- Hanazono Shrine Festival is organised on the closest weekend to 28th May every year. The highlight of the traditional festival is the shinkosai procession, ceremonial rites, and food stalls.
- Kanda Festival is held in odd-numbered years over the weekend that is closest to 15th May at Kanda Myojin Shrine. Attracting over two million spectators, it features a parade of wagons filled with over 200 mikoshi, dancers and floats.
- Sanja Matsuri is the grandest festival in Tokyo. It is a three-day event, which is held in the third weekend of May and attracts over 1.5 million spectators. The highlight of the festival is the mikoshi parade or portable shrines which are carried by women and men in traditional attire.