Spring Festivals In Japan
Hana Matsuri Japan
There's more to Japan festivals than Sakura-Cherry Blossom.
Hana Matsuri (Floral Festival) - April 8th. It's Buddha's Birthday, and the event is celebrated by placing a small baby image of Buddha in all Buddhist temples in Tokyo.
Golden Week- April 29th to May 5th. 3 Traditional Japanese Festivals are celebrated during this week. Expect crowds at every major Attraction since the Japanese take the entire Week off.
Children's Day - May 5th. It used to be called Boy's Festival, but now it includes parades with kids wearing their Traditional Kimonos.
Kanda Matsuri - Mid-May (The Saturday and Sunday closest to May 15th. This Tokyo event is among the three largest Japanese Holidays. Thousands of people parade through central Tokyo with portable shrines and decorated horses.
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri - May - (Third Sunday and preceding Friday and Saturday) . A colorful parade with portable shrines departs from Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo.
By the way-the dates of the Sakura, the Japanese Cherry Blossom can vary from year to year by as much as two weeks, so check it out before you arrive.