Kawazu – the particular variety of sakura that proliferates around Miura-kaigan on the Kanagawa Prefecture coast – flower earlier than most other varieties of cherry, so they should be in full bloom in late February.
More than 1,000 Kawazu-sakura line the road from Miura-kaigan station to Komatsugaike Park.
The intensely pink blossoms will be illuminated each evening from 5pm until 9pm.
The Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival (Setagaya Ume Matsuri) takes place at Hanegi Park from February until early March.
While small, the park has about 650 plum trees, making it a fitting location for Setagaya’s ume matsuri. On weekends during this festival, vendors sell plum-themed food such as madeleines and jelly. There will also be some performances.
Held on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, this market is joining the well-established UNU Farmer’s Market. It is a great place to stock up on homemade produce and the flea market will bring a range of new stalls to explore. Offering vintage clothing, vinyl and craft coffee, the local stallholders will be open from 11am to 5pm.
468 m from Omotesandō Station Chiyoda Line (C4)Ginza Line (G2)Hanzomon Line (Z2) 0.7 km from Meijijingū-mae Station Chiyoda Line (C3)Fukutoshin Line (C15) 0.8 km from Shibuya Station Fukutoshin Line (C16)Ginza Line (G1)Hanzomon Line (Z1)Yamanote Line (JY20)Keio Inokashira Line (IN1)Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line (DT1)Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (TY1)
A relatively small but regular antique fair, this event has around 25-30 stalls and is on almost every Sunday (aside from those with festivals or bad weather). Roughly translated as Hanazono Shrine Blue Sky Antique Fair, it definitely gives a hint about the preferred weather conditions. It runs from sunrise to sunset, but most stalls close around 3pm.
Focusing on smaller items, it does extend to small pieces of furniture and has a less intense vibe than the bigger markets. Check the calendar to confirm before attending (in Japanese, but Google Translate on Chrome will work).
342 m from Shinjuku-sanchōme Station Fukutoshin Line (C13)Marunouchi Line (M9)Shinjuku Line (S2) 0.5 km from Seibushinjuku Station Seibu Shinjuku Line (SS1) 0.5 km from Higashi-shinjuku Station Fukutoshin Line (C12)Oedo Line (E2)