- March 22 2016
What is April like in Japan? Come join Hanamis and Cherry Blossom Festivals!
April in Japan is a very nice season to enjoy the weather; not too cold and not too hot.
The well-known cherry blossoms bloom during this season too. They are already in bloom at the end of March in regions south of Tokyo. Their full bloom spreads gradually towards the north one by one. This represents the arrival of spring in Japan.
##National holidays in April
There is only one national holiday in April in Japan.
|Date||Name and Remarks|
|April 29th||Showa Day|
April 29th is the birthday of the Showa Emperor (one era before the Heisei Era), and a day to remember the Showa Era. There is a Japanese calendar and the era changes when the emperors change.
For Japan, the Showa Era was a period of many changes, due to the beginning and end of the war. So the Showa Day is an important holiday to look back and to think about the future of Japan.
There are no particular events on this day, but there are many places that close because of this holiday.
The climate in April (weather, temperature, what to wear, etc.)
In April, it gets pretty warm during the day, and many people change their winter coats to spring jackets. But it still gets cold on mornings and at night. It's necessary to wear something in addition so you can adjust to the temperature.
In places like Hokkaido and the Tohoku area, there's still snow left in April. It's very rare but there are even times when it snows again after the bloom of cherry blossoms due to a sudden fall of temperature. But you will get to see the miraculous collaboration of snow and cherry blossoms if you're lucky.
今年は長野県松本市で雪と桜のコラボレーションが綺麗だと言われていますね。去年の福島県会津若松市(画像は鶴ヶ城)でも、雪と桜のコラボレーションが見られましたよ pic.twitter.com/btBZRUzEOu— 審神者：あする(Asulu) (@Blue_1026_) 2015年3月11日
Festivals and Events in April
1) Hanami, Cherry Blossom Festivals
April is still a hanami season, continuously from March.
But the cherry blossoms start falling in the south including Tokyo in April. They are in full bloom for only a short period of time.
On the other hand, the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in regions north of Tokyo towards the end of April. It might be a good idea to go to the north if you missed it in Tokyo.
This is Hirosaki Park in the Aomori prefecture. They hold cherry blossom festivals during this season. The beautiful collaboration of the Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms will make you speechless.
2) Spring Break
Like we said in the beginning, there are graduation ceremonies in March, and the entrance ceremonies are held in April at the change of the school year.
So from the last week of March to the first week of April is Spring Break in Japanese elementary schools, middle school and high school. During Spring Break, shops and restaurants are open regularly, but popular tourist sites among families like Disney Land and Universal Studios get very crowded, so you might want to keep that in mind.
3) Golden Week that starts from April 29th, Showa Day
We have a holiday called Golden Week in Japan.
This is a peiod where many holidays are concentrated from the end of April to the beginning of May. Many companies and schools make the days between holidays a day off, or make them a paid vacation to have a long holiday. And the first day of this holiday is Showa Day we talked about in the beginning.
During this time, most of the families and couples go out, so the tourist sites and them parks will be unbelievably crowded.
Please check the holidays and how crowded it gets before visiting Japan!