Hanami season has arrived! Make sure you get to at least one of these events to appreciate the beauty of the cherry blossoms!
Suigou Itako Mt. Gongen Park Cherry Blossom Festival
When: March 29 – April 12
Where: Mt. Gongen Park, Itako
Mt. Gongen is a popular cherry blossom viewing area, and throughout the festival there will be illuminations in the evenings until 10pm. On April 4 there will be a huge variety of things to do and see, including free amazake, food stalls, an autograph session by members of the Kashima Antlers soccer team, and a yosakoi dance performance.
24th Annual Kashima Cherry Blossom Festival
When: March 28 – April 12
Where: Kashima Shiroyama Park, Kashima
At Kashima Shiroyama Park you can enjoy over 300 cherry blossom trees of a number of different varieties. Throughout the festival there will be illuminations in the evening until 9pm and stalls selling food and drink.
April 4 10:30 and 11:30 am – Folk song and dance by Kashima residents
April 5 – Cherry Blossom Walk Kashima Kami no Michi
*Register at 9am in front of the Kashima Shoukokai (commerce and industry)
building (1-34 Miyanaka 2 chome, Kashima)
April 12 10am-12pm – Taisho Koto Performance
14th Annual Takahagi Cherry Blossom Festival
When: April 4 – April 19
Where: Sakura Uchuu Park (Takahagi Eisei Tsuushin Kinen Park), Takahagi
April 11 10am-3pm – Outdoor tea ceremony, koto performance, etc.
9:30am-12pm – Three Generations Sports Festival
April 19 11am-3pm – Ibaraki University Center for Astronomy Public Observatory
Cherry Blossom Spring Festival
When: April 4 – April 12
Where: Nishiyama no Sato Tougen (Shinjuku-machi), Hitachiota
Free amazake, lolly lottery for kids
2-2:30pm – Performance by Hidaka Mari & Nabatame Kyoko (Oboe & Piano)
1:30-2pm – True or False Quiz (prizes for winners)
2-2:30pm – Performance by Lilly (Singer/Songwriter)