March 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your March in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including cherry blossom fun, festivals, concerts and art exhibits

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Midtown | Time Out Tokyo

March – it's when spring in Tokyo kicks off in earnest, with outdoor festivals, markets and parties returning after the cold of winter. More importantly though, March is usually when the cherry blossom front finally reaches the city, throwing us Tokyoites into a hanami frenzy and disrupting the calm and collected surface of the metropolis. Furthermore, this month also features highlights like Happy Day, St Patrick's Day, Hinamatsuri and – wait for it – the first Oktoberfest of the new year. Make sure you don't miss out with our guide to the top events going on in Tokyo this March. 

Our March highlights

Open Space 2019
Art, Digital and interactive

Open Space 2019

NTT InterCommunication Center, Hatsudai

The Intercommunication Center has been hosting these annual, almost year-long media art exhibitions since 2006, and they are so on point that they sometimes end up eclipsing the cultural facility’s other concurrent exhibitions. The latest Open Space show, titled 'Alternative Views', takes a look at how our ideas and perceptions of the world are influenced by the alternative world views...

Things to do

Winter Fantasia

Toshimaen, Nerima

Toshimaen’s massive illumination event this year sees plenty of colourful lanterns in various shapes and sizes. The amusement park's ‘Flower Forest’ is decorated with tulip- and rose-shaped lanterns while large castle- and candy-shaped ones turn the central ‘Soreiyu Hiroba’ space into a fairytale-like setting...

Dance, Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon

New National Theatre, Tokyo, Hatsudai

Based on the novel ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Abbé Prévost, Manon tells the story of a fickle young woman with a taste for luxury and her hapless lover who goes to extreme lengths to please her. This bewitching ballet about the ultimate femme fatale is choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan and features a sequence of challenging lifts and movements, as is typical of MacMillan’s work...

Hotel Chinzanso Autumn Garden Lightup
Things to do

Hotel Chinzanso Autumn Garden Lightup

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, Mejirodai

The opulent Hotel Chinzanso in Mejiro opens up its gorgeously decorated garden during the autumn leaves season, lighting up the lush grounds at night to produce one of the city's most beautiful foliage shows. Head over a little bit later in the evening if you want to escape the crowds – the garden stays open until 10pm...

Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden Illumination
Things to do

Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden Illumination

Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Kioicho

The Hotel New Otani's Japanese garden will again be lit up through the end of February. Loved by many as a veritable oasis in the middle of the city, the garden sees an illumination set to shed light (sorry) upon the beauty of nature. With this particular garden having a 400-year-plus history and boasting a whopping 10,000 tsubo (about 33,100sqm) of space, that shouldn't prove too difficult...

Werq The World 2020 in Tokyo

Werq The World 2020 in Tokyo

Zepp DiverCity, Odaiba

Fans of 'Rupaul's Drag Race', you can now see your favourite queens live in Tokyo on their Werq The World 2020 tour. Expect lots of lip-syncing, drama and surprises as leader Michelle Visage kicks off the journey to save the universe with the help of her fabulous side queens...

よみうりランド ジュエルミネーション
Attractions, Theme parks

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land, Tama area

Yomiuri Land's annual winter illumination show tends to bedazzle even the most ardent illumination-fiend. As the name might give away, jewels are the focus here: literally millions of colourful LEDs are set up throughout the vast area, which is split into 12 areas, while visitors can also expect to be treated to a 25-metre tall dazzling mountain inspired by the Matterhorn and lit-up roller coasters...

Things to do

Winter Wonderland in Moominvalley Park

Multiple venues

While the Moominvalley Park is not in Tokyo per se, it’s still worth the roughly one-hour trip from Ikebukuro Station. During the park’s winter illumination event – based on the iconic troll’s fifth book ‘Moominland Midwinter’ – you can expect a colourful and immersive spectacle complete with projection mapping, lights and sound...

Tokyo Opera City
Photo: Tokyo Opera City
Music, Classical and opera

Tokyo Opera City – Lunchtime Concerts

Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Hatsudai

Head over to Tokyo Opera City's concert hall and enjoy their monthly lunchtime performance entirely free of charge. This 45-minute recital, which is part of the ‘Visual Organ Concert’ series, usually consists of four pieces. Expect stellar acoustics from the 3,826-pipe organ, which holds pride of place in the pyramid-like space that's all decked out in a stunning oak wood finish...

Così fan tutte
Photo: Chikashi Saegusa
Music, Classical and opera

Così fan tutte

New National Theatre, Tokyo, Hatsudai

This classical tale about seduction and infidelity is a comic opera composed by none other than Mozart. The story opens with two officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boasting about their faithful fiancées. A cynical bachelor, Don Alfonso, scoffs at their confidence and tells them that their fiancées, like all women, would be unfaithful if they were given the opportunity...

Szinyoi Mersu Pal. Lady in Violet, 1874 Hungarian National Gallery © Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Treasures from Budapest

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), Nogizaka

The National Art Center, Tokyo will bring European and Hungarian masterpieces amassed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery to Tokyo. The exhibition is held to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary...

©Tokyo Mega Illumi
Things to do

Tokyo Mega Illumination

Oi Racecourse - Tokyo City Flea Market, Oimachi

The Oi Racecourse, aka the Tokyo City Keiba, will be lit up during the nighttime races with colourful illumination. What's more, there will be a 'time travel area' featuring designs and artworks from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, as well as a 100 metre tunnel covered in lights, making it the biggest illumination in the Kanto area...

Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, 'The Orb', 2018

Future and the Arts

Mori Art Museum, Roppongi

This major exhibition highlights past and present advances in science and technology through art. In today’s world, biotechnology is playing an increasingly big role in food, medicine and the environment, and it is not too far-fetched to say that sooner rather than later we'll leave much of our everyday decisions to artificial intelligence...

Things to do

Sagamiko Illumillion

Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, Sagamiko

The risquely named Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest will be again be pulling out all the stops for its winter illumination show: the Illumillion supposedly uses the largest amount of lights in the entire Kanto region (around six million LEDs). The production has once again been renewed and features a wide range of colours, accompanying music, and light constructions that take advantage of the fountains and lush greenery of the park...


Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre Performance

Umewaka Noh School Hall, Higashi-Nakano

Leonid Anisimov, a Russian director known for combining Eastern and Western aesthetics in his stage performances, seeks to continue his unique style in a series of plays at the Umewaka Noh School Hall in Nakano. In these performances, Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre, where Anisimov is the artistic director, will reinterpret classical Greek dramas and Western operas...

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