1. Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival
    Photo: Genki/PixtaSetagaya Plum Blossom Festival
  2. Mt Takao Fire Walking Festival
    Photo: Evelyn Espinoza/Dreamstime

March 2024 events in Tokyo

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


March – it's when spring in Tokyo kicks off in earnest, with outdoor events 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 St Patrick's Day and Hinamatsuri (Girls' Day). Make sure you don't miss out with our guide to the top events going on in Tokyo this March. 

Our March highlights

  • Things to do
  • Tachikawa

Tachikawa's Showa Kinen Park isn't content with merely hyping sakura: its Flower Festival takes place over three months and celebrates the blooms of tulips (in April), poppies and rapeseeds (May) and water lilies (May), of course in addition to the cherry blossoms in March and April.

2024 marks a special milestone for Showa Kinen Park, as the massive green space is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, park officials will be planting a staggering 1.8 million nemophila plants, which will turn into a gorgeous sea of blue once they bloom. 

Along with flower-viewing, the park will be hosting a number of floral-themed events, and dedicated photo spots will be set up on the premises. Photo sessions will include time to take pics among the park’s 250,000 colourful tulips without crowds in the background, while a special spot will allow you to capture the nemophila accented with soap bubbles.

  • Things to do
  • Shibuya

Held every second and fourth Sunday of the month, this antique market gathers around 70 vendors outside Shibuya Garden Tower. You’ll find all sorts of antiques and vintage handicrafts, jewellery, art, home goods, clothing, plants and organic food from all over the world. The market also features a few food and drink stalls, perfect for when you want a breather from all the shopping.

Note that the market will be cancelled in the case of rain.

  • Art
  • Nogizaka

Renowned 20th century master Henri Matisse (1869-1954), though best known as a painter, was a true multimedia artist whose creativity also spanned sculpture, printmaking and other forms. This is the very first exhibition in Japan to focus on the French artist’s work with paper cut-outs, the medium he energetically pursued in the last decade-and-a-half of his life.

Works on loan from the Matisse Museum in Nice, France show how the artist began creating expressionistic collages composed of scissor-cut pieces of paper in a multitude of colours.The subjects and themes of these cutout works included the female form, avian life, and a distinctive twodimensional take on the flowersand-fruit still life. While initially modest in size, these cut-outs grew in scale to become murals spanning entire walls: the largest example featured here is some eight metres wide.

Also on show is a selection of works in other media, including painting, ink brush on paper, and stained glass.

This exhibition is closed on Tuesday, except April 30.

Text by Darren Gore

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