Visiting Tokyo from mid-February to March offers unique opportunities as the city transitions from the chilly days of winter to the warmer, inviting climate of early spring.
This period is one of the best times to explore Tokyo, with its gradually warming weather paving the way for a comfortable sightseeing experience.
Although the cherry blossoms typically bloom from late March to early April, early bloomers can sometimes be spotted during this time.
Below are some highlights and cultural events that will enhance your Tokyo visit.
Ueno Park (Ueno Onshi Park)
Known for its early-blooming cherry blossoms, Ueno Park is a great place to enjoy beautiful flowers from late February. The park also houses multiple museums and a zoo, offering a variety of activities throughout the day.
Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa, a district reflecting the Tokyo of yesteryears, remains popular even in this season. Visit the iconic Kaminarimon Gate and Senso-ji Temple, and explore the nearby shopping streets for traditional Japanese souvenirs.
Enjoy a stroll in Odaiba Seaside Park under the warm sun or admire the view of the Rainbow Bridge. Don’t miss the Gundam statue at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Located in the heart of the city, Shinjuku Gyoen is a spacious garden offering a rich variety of plants. It’s a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the early signs of spring, such as the blooming plum trees.
Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)
Celebrated on March 3rd, Hinamatsuri is a traditional event wishing for the health and happiness of girls. During this period, you can see elaborate displays of Hina dolls in some facilities and homes. The doll festivals in Asakusa and Meguro are particularly famous.
Often held in late February or early March, the Tokyo Marathon attracts numerous runners from around the world. Cheering along the course offers a unique way to experience the city.
Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing)
Starting in late March, hanami parties celebrate the cherry blossom season. Ueno Park, Sumida Park, and Inokashira Onshi Park are just a few of the many popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Note that the timing of the blooms can vary from year to year, so it’s advisable to check the latest information beforehand.
As Tokyo sheds the last of its winter chill and embraces the new season, the city buzzes with renewed energy and vibrant streetscapes.
Be sure to immerse yourself in the diverse allure of Tokyo during this delightful time.