10 Must-Visit Flower Festivals Across Japan

Apr 08, 2024


Say goodbye to cold and snowy sights and welcome longer and blooming days with so many upcoming flower festivals this year. Japanese spring flower festivals are manifestations of the country’s natural beauty and rich cultural traditions. From Mt. Fuji’s famous floral scene to the vibrant moss phlox in Gunma, each flower festival shares a fascinating experience you cannot miss. Whether you're a veteran traveller or an avid local, heading over to each festival is worth it to try.

Here is your ultimate guide to the must-visit flower festivals across prefectures that boast the incomparable beauty of Japan.

Kawazuzakura Festival in Shizuoka Prefecture

Celebrate the flowering beauty of Kawazu cherry trees that have captivated millions of visitors with a variety of activities and attractions including hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnics, food stalls, traditional performances, and cultural exhibitions.


Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival in Aomori Prefecture

This spring flower festival is one of the favourite places of locals and tourists each year. Several varieties of sakura trees perfectly combine into a surreal painting with a cherry blossom tunnel and a waterside.

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival in Tokyo Prefecture

Immerse in the traditional Japanese culture located at Nezu shrine. This festival allows visitors to explore and be in awe of the varieties of azalea plants blooming in a colourful landscape.

Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival in Yamanashi Prefecture

This festival is known for its pink moss phlox flower field that creates a magnificent sight of Mt. Fuji in the background, paired with delicious Japanese street food at the event.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Great Wisteria Festival in Tochigi Prefecture

Walking through a tunnel with a vibrant floral scene is an enchanting experience you cannot deny. Held in Ashikaga Flower Park, this festival showcases the grandeur of purple and white wisteria flowers with a grand wisteria tree that is 160 years old. Visitors have several attractions and activities to anticipate including traditional Japanese performances, illuminated floats, and lighted-up wisterias.

Great Wisteria Festival

Sakura Tulip Festival in Chiba Prefecture

Relive Neatherland’s stunning floral landscape with the picturesque view of the tulip garden with the Dutch windmill in the background. A symbol of Japan and the Netherlands’ friendship, this festival boasts the beauty of nature and various activities such as wearing a traditional “Dutch Maid '' costume, tulip bulb digging, and boat ride sightseeing.

Sakura Tulip Festival

Hitachi Seaside Park Flowering Festival in Ibaraki Prefecture

A delightful sight of lively flowers boasts in this festival. Located at one of the historical places in Japan, visitors can walk or bike around the area to view blue nemophila, tulips, and rapeseed flowers.

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Keisei Rose Garden Spring Festival in Chiba Prefecture

Witness the beauty of nature and art at this spring festival. With over a thousand varieties of roses and an exclusive art installation, the blend of colours and the sweet scent of roses offers a serene atmosphere and a captivating experience. If you’re a rose lover, this is a must-visit place!

Keisei Rose Garden Spring Festival

Showa Kinen Park Flower Festival in Tokyo Prefecture

This festival is your ultimate spring family outing with various activities catered to all ages. Embrace the spirit of spring from the thousands of tulips, Shirley poppies, rape and cherry blossoms. Many visitors can enjoy the open-air gigs, experience hanami (cherry blossom viewing), and explore food stalls offering the best local delicacies of Japan.

Showa Kinen Park Flower Festival

Freesia Festival on Hachijojima Island, Tokyo

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with the tranquil beauty of this festival. It allows you to connect with nature, where visitors can relax and walk around the garden with breathtaking views of Japan’s landscapes.

Freesia Festival

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