2024 Coto Travel Guide: Things To Do In Japan In March

March in Japan is a magical time. As winter loosens its grip, the landscape transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, festivals abound, and the weather beckons you to explore. Here’s your guide to experiencing the best Japan has to offer in March!

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Hanami: The Cherry Blossom Obsession

March and cherry blossoms, or sakura, are synonymous in Japan. The delicate pink flowers symbolize fleeting beauty, making ‘花見 hanami‘ (cherry blossom viewing) a cherished tradition.

Top Spots

目黒川 Meguro River

Photo By TimeOut

On a boat, cruise under a tunnel of blossoms or enjoy riverside picnics alongside locals. Be prepared for crowds!

上野恩賜公園 Ueno Park 

Photo By The Japan Times

It is a classic choice, boasting over 1,000 sakura trees and numerous food stalls. 

Want to know more recommended places? Check out this blog: Your Guide to 花見 Hanami in Tokyo 2024: Stay Under the Pink Canopy. (Soon to be updated)

Cultural Celebrations: Festivals and Traditions

雛祭りHinamatsuri (Girl’s Day, March 3rd)

Families display elaborate traditional dolls and wish good health and fortune for their daughters.

お水取りOmizutori (Nara)

A spectacular fire and water festival. Witness monks drawing sacred water in a torchlit ceremony at 東大寺 Todaiji Temple.

東大寺

The Great Outdoors: Skiing, Snow, and Spring Sunshine

Niseko (Hokkaido)

Photo By Travel Japan

World-class powder snow makes March a prime time for skiing and snowboarding.

Niseko United

Want to know more about ski resorts in Japan? Check out this blog: 2023 Coto Travel Guide: Things To Do In Japan In December.

つなん雪まつり Tsunan Snow Festival (Niigata)

Experience Japan’s snow country at this festival, filled with lantern displays, food, and activities.

つなん雪まつり

高尾山 Mt.Takao Hiking

Trails like Mt. Takao near Tokyo beckon hikers with nature reawakening as temperatures rise.

高尾山

Want to know more about Mt. Takao? Check out this blog: Mt. Takao In the Fall.

Culinary Delights: Seasonal Flavors

Strawberry Picking

Photo By いこーよ

Indulge in Japan’s perfectly sweet strawberries. Many farms offer picking experiences.

YOKOHAMA STRAWBERRY PARK (横浜ストロベリーパーク)

佐野観光農園アグリタウン

  • Time: 2023年1月~2月 9:30~12:00、12:30~15:00 | 3月~5月 9:30~12:00 、12:30~16:00
  • Fees: Regular – ¥2,600 | Member – ¥2,400
  • Location: 栃木県佐野市植下町802-4
  • Parking: Available
  • Reservation: Link
  • Have all-you-can-eat strawberry

Sakura Sweets

Photo By Kaname Inn

From mochi to cakes, sakura-infused treats are a delicious way to savor the season.

Travel Tips

  • Book Ahead: Cherry blossom season is busy. Secure accommodation and transportation well in advance.
  • Pack for Layers: Temperatures fluctuate in March. Layers make it easy to adapt to the weather.
  • Explore Beyond the Hotspots: Venturing outside major cities reveals hidden gems and less crowded experiences.
  • Embrace the Unexpected: Japan is full of surprises. Be open to new experiences!

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