Annual events in Japan (spring)
Among sightseeing experiences in Japan, the most gorgeous annual spring events are "Hinamatsuri" and "Ohanami."
"Hinamatsuri" on March 3 is a festival where families with girls pray for their children's growth and happiness. In customs that are said to have continued since the Edo period, we arrange an empress doll, an emperor doll, and followers' dolls that serve the two in five or seven tiers according to the rules. There are also styles decorating only the empress and emperor dolls with one tier so that it fits in a small room in Japan. A gold folding screen is often used as a background of the doll, in imitation of the old days as furniture and beautiful kimonos of small dolls, as well as decorating special sweets called "Hinareare." It can be said that you can get to know traditional Japanese culture.
The biggest event of spring in Japan is "Ohanami." "Cherry-blossom viewing" is a party to watch the cherry blossoms in full bloom from parks and restaurants with families, friends, and colleagues, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In Japan, it is permitted to drink alcohol outdoors, so during this time we celebrate by preparing food and drinks on a large picnic blanket under the cherry tree. The original purpose is "to love cherry blossoms," but there are also many people who think that it is a fun day that you can freely get drunk outside without restrictions while feeling jumpy by spring's visit, especially cherry blossoms. Since it is a season for new recruits and freshmen in Japan in early April, it will be greatly appreciated as a party that also serves as a welcome party. If you are in Tokyo, there are places famous for Cherry Blossoms in every part of Japan, including Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park, so please check if the travel period overlaps the cherry blossom season. Although cherry blossom viewing outdoors is often in the spring, we recommend that you bring something to wear.
There is another event called "Golden Week" as a spring event that you must be careful of when planning your trip. Many Japanese people return home and travel domestically, taking holidays on Saturdays and Sundays and paid vacation plus long holidays because holidays are 4 consecutive days plus the weekend, from April 29th to May 5th. This results in a crowded state of tourist spots and high price of hotels, so we encourage you to plan your trip while avoiding this time if possible.