Ibaraki Botanical Garden Spring Festival

When: 9am – 4:30pm, May 3 – 7
Where: Ibaraki Botanical Garden (4589 To, Naka, Ibaraki)
Admission: Adults 300 yen, junior high school and younger and those over 70 free
Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Urizura Station on the JR Suigun Line
Website

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There are plenty of things to see and do at this five day festival! Plants, agricultural products, handicrafts, and food and drink will also be on sale in the gardens.

Events

Calanthe Orchid Exhibition (May 3 – 3pm May 6)
Mensore Okinawa Exhibition (April 22 – May 7)
Forest Concert (May 3 – 7, cancelled in poor weather)
Flower Seedling Present (First 200 people, 9am~, May 3 – May 7)
Forest Handicraft Square (200 yen, 10am – 2pm, May 3 – 7)
Wall Hanging Mini Shisa (Okinawa Lion Statue) Painting Workshop (200 yen, May 3 – May 7)
Coaster Making Workshop (10am – 3:30pm, May 3 – May 7)
Olden Day Games (10am – 3:30pm, May 3 – May 7)
Tropical Plant Quiz – First 200 people to answer correctly get a balloon yoyo (10am – 3:30pm, May 3 – May 7)
Spring Festival Workshop –moss terrarium, handicrafts using herbs, group planting, bread clay (500 yen, 9am, May 7)
Meet a Bird of Prey (1:30pm, May 3)

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28th Annual Ryujin Gorge Carp Streamer Festival

When: April 29th (Sat.) to May 14th (Sun.)
Where: Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge
2133-6 Keganochō, Hitachiōta-shi, Ibaraki-ken 313-0351

Surrounded by dazzling green trees and with Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge in the center, about 1,000 carp streamers.

Price to cross the bridge:
Individual: ¥310 for adults, ¥210 for Elementary and Middle School Kids
Group of 30 people and up: ¥280 for adults, ¥190 for Elemetary and Middle School Kids
Free for elementary school kids on Children’s Day. (May 5th, Fri.)

Access:
By Car: About 40 minutes from the Hitachi Minami Ota IC and Naka IC of the Joban Expressway.
By Train: About 40 minutes by bus from Hitachi-Ota Station on the JR Suigun Line. Get off the bus at Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge Bus Stop (Ryujinotsuribashi).

 

36th Annual Kasama Himatsuri

When: April 29 – May 5, 9am – 5pm
Where: Kasama Geijutsu no Mori Park Event Square, Kasama (2345 Kasama)
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Head to Kasama during Golden Week for a pottery festival where over 200 ceramic artists, potteries, and local stores will gather in the beautiful Geijutsu no Mori Park to welcome customers to their stalls to see and buy their unique wares. The food and drink stalls are run by ceramic artists, and you will be able to enjoy a variety of unique dishes made using ceramic ware. There will also be a number of events, including a clay mask auction, a clay mask festival run by elementary school students, and a playground. Check out the PR video here.

Access

Bus Schedule

Kasama Station ⇔ Kasama Togei Daigakkou (5 mins walk from venue))
April 29, 30, May 3, 4, 5, Every 30 mins between 8:30am – 3pm from Kasama Station and 8:45 – 5pm from Kasama Togei Daigakkou.
Adults 100 yen, Children 50 yen

Weekday Bus (for May 1-2) (Kasama Station ⇔ Himatsuri Venue North Gate)
170 yen

Tomobe Station → Kasama Himatsuri Venue East Gate
April 29, 30 May 4, 5: Every 15 mins between 8:50am and 3pm
May 1-2: Every 30 mins between 8:50am and 3pm
May 3: Every 15 mins between 8:50am and 4:30pm
100 yen

Kasama Himatsuri Venue→Tomobe Station
April 29, 30 May 4, 5: Every 15 mins between 9:05am and 5:10pm
May 1-2: Every 30 mins between 9:05am and 5:10pm
May 3: Every 15 mins between 9:05am and 8:30pm (every 60-80 mins after 5:10pm)
100 yen

Events

Every Day

Coffee Cup Exhibition
Exhibition & Sale of Sake Cups & Cup Bags
Outdoor Tea Ceremony (choose your own cup)
Exhibition & Sale of Kasama Heat-Resistant Tableware & Pans
Inada Festival
Kids’ Land (Face painting, clay workshop, potter wheel experience, children’s play etc.)
Clay Mask Festival & Auction

Limited Time Events

Jazz Night
When: 6pm onwards, May 3rd
Where: Central Stage
Performers: B Train Jazz Orcherstra feat. Akiko Nakano, Akiko Nakajima Himatsuri Special Session

NEVA GIVE UP Live Performance
When: 3 – 4pm, May 4th
Where: Central Stage

Twilight Live
When: 4pm onwards, May 5th
Where: Central Stage
Performers: Aideko Shinya with DoDo, Torihai, Dodoittsu

Forest Stage Acoustic Live Performances

When: 1pm onwards, May 1 – 5
Where: Forest Stage
Performers:
May 1: Doremi Gakudan, Kasamaharo Acda#coda
May 2: Old Mountain Boys
May 3: yorry&salt, Lilly, Nakano Hiroki to Suteki na Henteko Dan
May 4: Moonshine, Lemon Head, Baby Factory, Sunny Mamas
May 5: Halo, Mikazuki Settodan

Nemophila Harmony

When: 9:30am – 5pm, April 22 – May 14 (7:30am – 5pm from April 29 – May 8)
Where: Hitachi Seaside Park (605-4 Onuma, Mawatari, Hitachinaka)
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Spring is in full swing at Hitachi Seaside Park! Until April 21st, you can visit to see the tulips. Then, from April 22nd to May 14th, you can see the park’s famous nemophila flowers (also known as baby blue-eyes) covering 3.5 hectares on Miharashi Hill, creating an ethereal panorama of blue sky, blue sea, and blue flowers.

Nemophila are annuals that bloom from April to May. The nemophila used in Hitachi Seaside Park are of the Insignis Blue variety. Whilst they are in bloom until mid-May, after they blossom they begin to pale, so the best time to see them is during Golden Week.

Every year tens of thousands of people visit Hitachi Seaside Park to admire this rare sight. If there’s one thing you should see while you are in Ibaraki, it’s this!

Details

Admission
Adults (15+) – 410 yen
Seniors (65+) – 210 yen
Children (Elementary and Junior High School) – 80 yen
Infants (Under 6) – Free
*Free admission for elementary and junior high schoolers on May 5 and everyone on May 14

Access
20 minutes by foot from Ajigaura Station on the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway or 15 minutes by bus from JR Katsuta Station

Hitachi Oktoberfest 2017

When: April 26 – May 7 (Weekdays 3 – 9pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 12 – 9pm, Last Order 8:30pm)
Where: Shin Toshi Hiroba, Hitachi Civic Center (1-21-1 Saiwaicho, Hitachi)
Access: 3 minutes’ walk from Hitachi Station Chuo Exit
Admission: Free

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Oktoberfest is a German harvest festival that has been held in Munich since 1810. In the two weeks of the festival approximately 6.5 million people attend and 6 million cups of beer are consumed, leading the festival to be known as the world’s largest food festival. Around 10 years ago celebrations of the festival began to pop up around Japan, and it has been gaining popularity ever since.

At Hitachi Oktoberfest 2017 you can enjoy delicious local foods and German beer in the oceanside city of Hitachi as local musicians and performers provide entertainment. In order to reduce waste and broken glasses, you will be charged a 1000 yen glass fee with your first glass of beer, which will be returned to you when you return your glass. You can continue to use the same glass for refills.

There will be no parking available, so you are encouraged to come to the event by public transport.

2017 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Enjoying a hanami picnic beneath the fluttering cherry blossom petals is a quintessential spring experience in Japan. Cherry blossom festivals will be held all around Ibaraki while the trees are in bloom, but make sure you plan ahead so you don’t miss out – cherry blossoms are a famous symbol of the transience of life, and are typically in bloom for only a few weeks.

Hitachi

55th Annual Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 16
Where: Heiwa Dōri (outside the Chuo Exit of Hitachi Station)/Kamine Park (5 Chōme-2-22 Miyatacho, Hitachi)/Jūō Panorama Park (1085-6 Tomobe, Jūōchō, Hitachi)
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Heiwa Dōri and Kamine Park number among Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom spots. The trees along Heiwa Dōri will be lit up in the evenings and lanterns will decorate Kamine Park and Jūō Panorama Park, creating an otherworldly atmosphere throughout the festival. The main feature of the festival is without a doubt the Hitachi Fūryūmono float parade, which was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. In the parade, which is a ritual of Kamine Shrine, you can witness a puppet show played out atop a 15m-high float.

Illuminations:

Heiwa Dōri: 6 – 11pm
Kamine Park: 6 – 9:30pm
Jūō Panorama Park: 6 – 9pm

Events on Heiwa Doori:

April 2 – Flower Viewing Event (Noon – 6pm)
April 6-7 – Night Cherry Blossom Pedestrian Heaven (6-8:30pm)
April 8 – Hitachi Fūryūmono (1, 4, 7pm, approx. 30 mins long), Mounted Warrior Parade (2pm), Performances (11:30 – 6:30pm), Stalls (11am – 7:30pm), Pop-up Restaurant (11am – 7:30pm)
April 9 – Hitachi no Sasara (traditional lion dance from Hitachi) (12, 2pm), Hitachi Fūryūmono (1, 3pm), Performances (12pm – 6pm), Stalls (10am – 7pm), Pop-up Restaurants (10am – 7pm)

Takahagi

Takahagi Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 16
Where: Sakura Uchū Park (608 Ishitaki, Takahagi)
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Picnic under the cherry blossom trees in Sakura Uchū Park. On April 8th there will be an open air tea ceremony and koto performance.

Daigo

Sotoono Shidarezakura Festival

When: April 10
Where: In front of the Sotoono Shidarezakura Tree (Sotoono, Daigo)
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The Sotoono Shidarezakura Cherry Blossom Tree is around 300 years old and is said to have been planted by Mitsukuni Tokugawa himself. There will be a yosakoi performance by the local yosakoi team on April 10th and distribution of free amazake while the tree is in bloom.

Hitachiōta

Hitachiōta Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 9
Where: Nishiyama Park (Arajukuchō, Hitachiōta)
Website

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Around 1500 cherry blossom trees will be in bloom in Nishiyama Park. The trees will be illuminated in the evenings throughout the festival.

Hitachiōmiya

Tatsunokuchi Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 3 – 9
Where: Tatsunokuchi Shinsui Park (Tatsunokuchi, Hitachiōmiya)
Website

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Enjoy 1.3km of cherry blossom trees, their pinks and whites contrasting with the yellow flowers planted by the river banks. On April 8th there will be a number of events including a stamp rally and evening fireworks.

Naka

Yaezakura Festival

When: April 15 – May 3
Where: Shizumine Furusato Park (1720-1 Shizu, Naka)
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Shizumine Furusato Park is one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. The trees will be lit up in the evenings from April 22nd to April 30th, and on April 22nd and 23rd there will be a dancing performances and a mini concert as well as stalls selling food and drink.

Tōkai

Tōkai Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Late March – Mid April
Where: Akogigaura Undo Park (Muramatsu, Tōkai, Naka-gun)
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Around 200 cherry blossom trees will be in bloom in Akogigaura Undo Park. From sundown to 9pm throughout the festival the trees will be lit up, allowing you to enjoy a totally different atmosphere to viewing the trees in daylight.

Kitaibaraki

Nakagō Ishioka Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 9
Where: Sakurasakaue Hiroba (858 Nakagōchō Ishioka, Kitaibaraki)
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The festival will be packed with things to do and see, with the Jūkokubori nordic walking tour, stalls selling local products, an open air tea ceremony, a mikoshi (portable shrine) display, amateur karaoke contest, and a Jōban coal mine photo gallery.

Mito

Mito Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 15
Where: Kairakuen, Senba Park, and other locations around Mito
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The trees at sakurayama in Kairakuen Park and around Sakuragawa River will be lit up with lanterns in the evenings, and there will be open air tea ceremonies at Kairakuen. On April 7th and 8th there will be a Night Cherry Blossom Concert at the old Prefectural Government Office Building in Sannomaru (1 Chōme-5 Sannomaru, Mito).

Kasama

Mt. Atago Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – May 7
Where: Mt. Atago Kasama
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Enjoy around 2000 blooming cherry blossom trees at Mt. Atago, famous for its Tengu legend. The cherry blossoms are in bloom later here due to the difference in elevation.

Kitayama Park Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 9 – 16
Where: Kitayama Park (1416-1 Tairamachi, Kasama)
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Around 1500 cherry blossom trees in Kitayama Park and along the nearby roadside will be lit up by lanterns in the evenings, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

Tsuchiura

Tsuchiura Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 25 – April 9
Where: Kijō Park (1 Chōme-13-48 Chūō, Tsuchiura), Urara Hiroba (Tsuchiura Station West Exit), Ottonuma Park (Nakamuranishine, Tsuchiura) Sakuragawa River banks, Shinkawa River banks, Manabe Elementary School (4 Chōme-3-1 Manabe, Tsuchiura), Ryūgamine (987 Nagai, Tsuchiura), and other locations around Tsuchiura
Video
Website

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Kijō Park, the location of Tsuchiura Castle, is the main venue of the Tsuchiura Cherry Blossom Festival, but many other breathtaking spots for viewing the flowers can be found all around the city, including the cherry blossom tunnel at Ryūgamine and the trees along the bank of the Sakuragawa River. The trees in Kijō Park will be lit up in the evenings, and there will be stage events held at the Urara Hiroba.

Events

All Locations

Saturdays and Sundays between April 1 – April 9 – Town Cherry Blossom Shuttle Bus
Timetable (Japanese)

Urara Hiroba

April 2, 11am – 3pm
Stage Events (Dancing, Taiko, Yosakoi, and more), Bread Festival, and festival games

Kijō Park

April 5, 10:30am – 4pm – Open Air Tea Ceremony, Tsuchiura Three Piece Band Performance, Pony Rides, Spring Curry Fair, Stage Events

Sakuragawa River Banks

March 25 – April 9 – Illuminations (between Nioibashi Bridge and Zenigamebashi Bridge)

Shinkawa River Banks

March 25 – April 9 – Lanterns (Tatsuta-machi, Manabe 1 Chōme, Manabe 2 Chōme), Illuminations

Niihari

April 2, 12:30 – 3pm – Yabusame Festival (Hieda Shrine) (buses in operation from Urara Hiroba departing 11:30am)

Hasukawara Cherry Blossom Festival

March 25 – April 9 – Lanterns

Manabe Cherry Blossom Festival

April 8, 2-4pm – Manabe Orchestra, Paper Puppet Show, Fire Truck, Cherry Blossom Photo Gallery, Free Lemon Water, Barley Tea, Cherry Blossom Tea, Cherry Blossom Mochi Making
6-9pm – Illuminations, Taiko, Piano
April 7, 9, 6-9pm – Illuminations

Ishioka

Kokubunji Temple Flower Festival

When: April 8
Where: Hitachi Kokubunji Temple (5 Chōme-1 Fuchū, Ishioka)
Website http://www.ishioka-kankou.com/page/page000054.html

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A variety of blooming cherry blossom trees will paint the temple grounds in beautiful shades of pink and white.

Hitachi Fudoki no Oka Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Late March – Late April
Where: Hitachi Fudoki no Oka (1646 Someya, Ishioka)
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Three varieties of cherry blossoms will bloom one after the other for around a month at Hitachi Fudoki no Oka. The cherry blossom tree tunnel is particularly popular. The trees will also be lit up in the evenings.

Tsukubamirai

Fukuoka Dam Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 7 – 11
Where: Fukuoka Dam Sakura Park (2633-7 Kitayama, Fukuoka, Tsukubamirai)
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Walk along 1.8km of cherry blossom trees lining the Kokaigawa River. On Saturdays there will be a stage with performances throughout the day.

Kasumigaura

Mt. Yukiiri Cherry Blossom Walk

When: April 8
Where: Yukiiri Fureai no Sato Park (452-1 Yukiiri, Kasumigaura)
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Hike through the cherry blossoms on one of two walking courses (5km and 10km). Reservations open March 14th and are first come first serve. You can make a reservation by calling the Yukiiri Nature Center (0299-59-7000, Japanese only).

Ami

Ami Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 2
Where: Fureai no Michi (4671-1 Ami, Inashiki-gun)
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There will be a stage with dancing, yosakoi, and brass band performances, as well as stalls selling food and drink and a bingo tournament.

Ushiku

Ushiku Daibutsu Cherry Blossoms & Moss Phlox

When: April
Where: Ushiku Daibutsu (2083 Kuno, Ushiku)
Website

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Every year cherry blossoms and bright pink moss phlox bloom around the Ushiku Daibutsu statue.

Toride

Cherry Blossom Illuminations

When: Late March – Early April
Where: Sakurasō Nursing Home (1025 Oka, Toride)
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Around 90 cherry blossom trees will be lit up in the evenings.

Tone

Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1-2
Where: Tone Town Hall Parking Lot (841-1 Fukawa, Tone, Kitasōma District)
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At this year’s festival there will be a mini train, a haiku contest, a dress up contest, and more! Children who participate in the dress up contest will receive some sweets as a prize. On April 1st the cherry blossoms will be lit up from 5pm.

Bandō

Bandō Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 8-9
Where: Iwai Kōminkan (3108 Iwai, Bandō)/Sakasaijōato Park (1262 Sakasai, Bandō)
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There will be booths selling food and drink and stage events including dancing and musical performances.

Sakuragawa

Sakuragawa Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 18 – April 23
Where: Isobe area in Sakuragawa
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The cherry blossom trees on the path in front of the Sakuragawa Isobe Inamura Shrine and in the surrounding park are designated by the Japanese government as Places of Scenic Beauty. On April 15th SAKURA Festival will be held in Sakuragawa Sogo Undo Park (2685-14 Iwase, Sakuragawa). At the festival local products will be on sale and there will be a soba festival, yosakoi performances, and much more.

Rakuhō Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1-20 (gates close at 5pm)
Where: Amabiki Kannon (1 Motogi, Sakuragawa)
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Around 3000 trees of a number of varieties will be in bloom around the temple. A temple festival called madaraki shinsai will be held at the same time, so the grounds will be bustling with activity.

Shimotsuma

Shimotsuma Sanuma Marsh Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 2
Where: Sanuma Marsh, Shimotsuma (175 Shimotsumahei, Shimotsuma)
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Around 1000 trees will be in bloom in Sanuma Large Park (Sanuma Koiki Koen), and events will be held when the flowers bloom.

Yūki

Yūki Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Late March – Mid April
Where: Shiroato Historical Park (2486 Yūki, Yūki)
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150 cherry blossom trees will be in bloom in Shiroato Historical Park, which is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot among locals. On April 8th there will be stage events, traditional games, and a photo contest for elementary school students.

Chikusei

Shimodate Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 9
Where: Shimodate Minami Kasumi Food Square (1375 Niginari, Chikusei)
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Several hundred cherry blossom trees are located around the area south of Shimodate station, the Shimodate Minami Kasumi, and the surrounding Niginari area, and this event is held by the local shopping district while the trees are in bloom.

Akeno Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 until the cherry blossoms finish blooming
Where: Akeno Community Center (2120-7 Ebigashima, Chikusei)
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Around 100 cherry blossom trees will be in bloom around the Akeno Community Center. On April 2nd the Cherry Blossom Arts Festival will be held, including singing, dancing, taiko drums, hula dancing, and much more.

Koga

Koga Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 25 – April 2
Where: Naval Park (620 Komahane, Koga)
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A variety of stage events will be held on the weekends.

Kashima

Kashima Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 31 – April 10
Where: Kashima Shiroyama Park (1 Chōme-2-6 Shiroyama, Kashima)
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Kashima Shiroyama Park is one of the most beautiful areas in eastern Ibaraki to view the cherry blossoms. In the evenings the trees will be lit up, allowing you to view the blossoms in a different atmosphere to the daytime.

Itako

Suigō Itako Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 26 – April 9
Where: Gogenyama Park (174-1 Ushibori, Itako)/Suigō Ayame Iris Gardens (1-5 Ayame, Itako)
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This festival is held with Lake Kasumigaura as a backdrop in Gogenyama Park, which was chosen as one the top 100 places with beautiful views in Ibaraki, and in the Suigō Ayame Iris Gardens, the venue of Itako’s famous Iris Festival. Events will be held on April 1st and 2nd.

Kamisu

26th Annual Kamisu Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 16
Where: Gōnoike Park, Kamisu City (Higashifukashiba, Kamisu)
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Head to Gōnoike Park to enjoy the blooming of 3000 cherry blossom trees. There will be lanterns in the evening from 6-9:30pm, allowing you to see the cherry blossoms in a different light. On April 9th there will be a concert, karaoke contest, and play equipment set up for kids to play on.

Namegata

Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1-2
Where: Haguroyama Park (967 Aso, Namegata), Okisu Geijutsu Mura (1548 Okisu, Namegata)
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Cherry blossoms will be in bloom in various locations around Namegata, including Haguroyama Park, located on the edge of Lake Kasumigaura, and Okisu Geijutsu Mura. Throughout the festival there will be outdoor stalls selling delicious food and drinks.

16th Annual I Love Ibaraki Fureai Festival

When: 10am – 4:30pm, April 8th 2017
Where: The Former Prefectural Office Building (Sannomaru Chousha) (1-5-48 Sannomaru, Mito)
Access: 15 minutes’ walk from Mito Station
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The I Love Ibaraki Fureai Festival is a chance for Ibarakians to celebrate local food and culture under the cherry blossoms that bloom around the old castle moat in Sannomaru. The festival will include stalls selling local specialties from around Ibaraki, a bazaar, stage performances, a walking tour around Sannomaru, a stamp rally, and the chance to decorate an old bus with graffiti!

Stage Events

10:00 Blue Beginners (Mito Technical High School Jazz Band)
12:00 Blue Hawks (Oarai High School Marching Band)
13:00 Sannomaru Elementary School Brass Band