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Tokyo: Haru Matsuri

Spring Festival which consists of two festivals, Goju-no-to Festival — where a five story pagoda is open to the public — and Floral Festival to celebrate the Buddha's Birthday. Hana-no-sei, a parade of children pulling a papier-mache white elephant, is the highlight.

Schedule & Key events:
● April 1
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Five story pagoda is open
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nodate (open air tea ceremony) in front of Oodo
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Ikegami daiko (Japanese drum) at Sakura Hiroba Square
● April 2
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Five story pagoda is open
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nodate (open air tea ceremony) in front of Oodo
1 p.m.-1:40 p.m. Hana-no-sei leaves Tokumochi Kaikan near Ikegami Station for the temple

Location: Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple, Tokumochi Kaikan and others, Ota-ku, Tokyo


Access:
(1) Tokyu Ikegami Line to Ikegami Station, and then walk 10 min.; (2) Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Nishi-Magome Station (A01), and then walk 12 min.


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.