March 2020 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

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

UPDATE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

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

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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...

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Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri

Monzen-nakacho Station, Monzen-Nakacho

Fukagawa’s annual sakura matsuri takes place along the Ooyokogawa river, with a seemingly neverending trail of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Out of all the sakura festivals Tokyo has to offer, this is the only place you can admire the beautiful scenery from below while cruising in Japanese-style boats. A pair of shamisen players will also be travelling onboard while performing ‘Shinnai-nagashi’, a traditional Japanese tune that will transport you back to the Edo period (1603-1868)...

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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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