In March, Tokyo’s spring weather averages 13 degrees Celsius in the afternoon and 5 degrees in the morning and evening. In April, afternoon temperatures reach an average of 18.5 degrees, while in the morning and at night they are about 10.5 degrees. In May, during the afternoons, you can experience around 23 degrees Celsius, while in the evenings and mornings the temperature averages around 15 degrees.
Mochi is the Japanese sticky rice cake. The enjoyment of Mochi is associated with almost every important occasion in Japan. There are so many varieties of mochi available depending on the locations, seasons, etc. Sakuramochi is a pink Japanese candy inspired by the spring sakura flower.
Young bamboo shoots
These sprouts are used in the kitchen during the spring and summer seasons. It is usually served with rice or seasoned with a sauce. Takenoko is the Japanese word for this ingredient.
Strawberries can be found in most spring desserts and sweets, as it is the main fruit of the season. Tochigi prefecture offers guided tours to many places where its delicious strawberries are harvested.
Sakura themed drinks
There are many commercial establishments that offer limited spring drinks, made with the sakura flower, for example, coffees and smoothies.
This festival is a celebration of the three legendary founders of Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa neighborhood of Tokyo. Almost two million people visit the event over three days.
Considered one of the three most important festivals in Kyoto, the Aoi Matsuri takes place on May 15 every year. It is effected by the important shrines of Kamo, Kamigamo and Shimogamo.
The festival’s origins can be traced back to rites performed to appease the gods and pray for abundant harvests in the 6th century. It was established as an annual, more formal ritual in the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto became the capital and the Emperor recognized the importance of the Kamo shrines to the prosperity of the capital.
Every May 5th, it is Kodomo no Hi or “Children’s Day” in Japan. Families fly carp-shaped koinobori banners (a type of fish) for each child in their home. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim against the current. Figures of samurai warriors and kabuto samurai helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and courage.
Golden Week comes at a very pleasant time of the year in Japan. The temperatures are neither too cold nor too high. Golden Week is the name given to a series of holidays from late April to early May, where almost all Japanese employees take a week’s vacation and many people travel to tourist areas.
Fuji Shibazakura festival is one of the best events to enjoy the Japanese spring. Various types of Shibazakura flourish throughout the complex. The best photo spots are not to be missed, with the Shibazakura rug and the beautiful mountain, Mount Fuji, which is known as the symbol of Japan and which has been in the spirit of the Japanese for centuries.
From April to May, the Shibazakura flower occurs in small flowers approximately 1.5 cm in diameter, in red, pink, white or purple. It stands out for the appearance of its flowers to cherry blossoms. It is a vine plant that covers the ground like a lawn and is therefore called “lawn cherry trees” in Japanese.
It is one of the three biggest festivals in Edo and, in fact, in all of Japan. The grand six-day celebration draws the largest crowds, especially on two days.
In the Shinko-sai parade, portable mikoshi shrines weave from Kanda and Nihonbashi, to the Ote-Marunouchi and Akihabara area.
In the Mikoshi Miya-iri procession, a hundred floats prepared by the peoples of the parish enter the shrine site to worship. Both events offer the opportunity to see the energy of the Japanese mikoshi parades.
In Japan, a very important national ceremony is held every year. This ritual is called “Hanami”, which means “observing the flowers.” It generally consists of having a picnic with friends, family or colleagues, under the cherry trees to observe their flower, known in the country as “Sakura”.
From the end of March to the beginning of May, cherry blossoms bloom all over Japan, and this flowering process is followed by almost the entire population through television news, the flowering period of Sakura is, respectively, two weeks throughout the year.
A beautiful place to appreciate cherry blossoms is the Yasukuni Shrine in the Kudanshita area.
The Sakura flower is one of the most important symbols of Japan and is loved by millions of people for its extraordinary beauty. If you are in Japan during cherry season, it is highly recommended that you take some time to do Hanami, one of the activities that the Japanese enjoy the most.
For these and many other reasons, traveling to Japan in the spring is a wonderful and unforgettable experience.