Off-base events

Enjoy plum blossom festivals in Japan.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


SAITAMA RAMEN FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): March 5-8 & 12-15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Japanese noodle dish shops from around Japan serve from 16 booths at Saitama Super Arena, two-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku/Takasaki Lines; free admission, pay 850 yen/bowl, plus extra for a topping; 048-601-1122.

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW IN YOKOHAMA: March 5-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 180 boats and yachts including PWC and kayaks are on display, and pre-owned boats & PWC on sale at Yokohama Pacifico Hall, Yokohama Pier special stage and more; three-minute walk from JR Minato Mirai Station or a 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,200 yen adults, ages 15 & younger free; www.marine-jbia.or.jp/english/.

TOYOTOWN ICE & GARDEN (Tokyo): Through March 6; outdoor ice skating link at Akasaka Sacas; 1,200 yen adults, 600 yen children, plus 500 yen for shoes rental, 15,000 yen adults season tickets, 8,000 yen children season tickets, free rental shoes after 7 p.m.; 03-3746-6666.

MITO PLUM BRANDY TASTING FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): March 6-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & March 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; enjoy 150 varieties of plum brandy produced in Japan at Tokiwa Jinja Shrine, JR Mito station on Jyoban-Line (JR Kairakuen Station on Jyoban-Line, only local or rapid trains stop during the festival) or a 20-minute ride from Mito I.C. on Jyoban Express; 500 yen for advance ticket, 600 yen at door, plus 1,500 yen advance ticket for tasting three categorized plum cocktails, 1,800 yen at doors; 029-224-0441; http://komonsan.jp/for-english.

HEIWAJIMA ANTIQUES FAIR (Tokyo): March 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; pottery, furniture, textiles, glass, lacquer, prints, dolls, armor, jewelry and more on sale at Heiwajima Ryutsu Center; take Tokyo Monorail from JR Yamanote Line Hamamatsucho Station to Ryutsu Center, a one-minute walk, free, 03-5983-5101.

ONLY ONE ANTIQUE MARKET (Tokyo): March 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 28 dealers at Hamamatsucho Sangyo Boeki Center, 2nd floor, five-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (North Exit) or two-minute walk from Takeshiba Station; 300 yen; 070-6649-1014.

SAITAMA CYCLE EXPO 2015 (Saitama prefecture): March 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & March 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; features bicycles, bicycle components, accessories, apparel and more, along with test rides on two outdoor courses; Saitama Super Area, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-6280-5146; http://cycle-expo.jp.

RAMEN GIRLS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): March 7 & 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; noodle bowls from 8 booths at Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; 03-5545-9705.


TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO CIRCUS LIVE (Tokyo): March 7, 5 p.m. & March 8, 2 p.m.; featuring free-style motocross, BMX, and snowboard performances at Tokyo Dome, JR Suidobashi Station/Korakuen Station; 7,000-9,000-12,000-30,000 yen adults, 4,000 yen ages 4-12; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799; www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

KUMAGAWA SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): March 8, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; about 35 licensed antique dealers in shrine compound; 10-minute walk from Kumagawa Station on JR Itsukaichi-Line or a 15-minute walk from Haijima Station on Seibu-Shinjuku Line; 090-2223-7973.

ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 8; these are the earliest plum blossoms in Japan. The festival is a celebration of the plum blossoms at the Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city – a resort town near Tokyo; 0557-85-2222.

NARITA PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; in Narita-san Koen and at Narita-san Shinshoji Temple, plus koto performance, open-air tea services and more; 15-minute walk from JR Narita Station; www.nrtk.jp/lang/en/index.html.

BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): March 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 200 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-3226-6800; www.t-i-forum.co.jp/en.

MOUNT TAKAO FIRE-WALKING (Tokyo): March 8, 1 p.m.; a group of yamabushi (mountain priests) walk barefoot on the path of smoldering embers during the annual fire-walking festival on Mount Takao in Hachioji; Kito-den Hall of Yakuoin Temple, five-minute walk from Takaosan-guchi Station, Keio Line; 0426-61-1115; www.takaosan.or.jp/english/asceticism.html.

TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING RINK: Through March 8, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; ice skating rink at Sky Arena on 4th floor of Tokyo SkyTree; Tokyo SkyTree Station on Tobu SkyTree Line; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen children (includes shoe rental); 0570-55-0102; www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english.

YUSHIMA TENJIN PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through March 8, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; shrine — dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a great scholar of the ninth century — has 300 white and red plum blossoms trees; open-air tea service (500 yen) 11 a.m. March 1 & 8; free; Yushima station on Chiyoda subway line; 03-3836-0753.

TOKYO MIDTOWN ICE SKATING RINK (Tokyo): Through March 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; outdoor ice skating rink, with illuminations at 5 p.m.; Roppongi Station on Hibiya-Line and Oedo-Line, three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children (includes shoe rental); 0570-017-154.

MUKOUJIMA HYAKKA-EN PLUM BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 360 plum trees in 20 varieties here were planted in mid-19th century and they start blooming in early February; festival with street performances at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3 p.m. March 7; 3-18-3 Higashi-Mukoujima, Sumida-ku, eight-minute walk from Higashi-Mukoujima Station, Tobu Isezaki Line; 150 yen admission; http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/mukojima/index.html.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – PLUM BLOSSOMS VIEWING (Yokohama): Through March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; Sankeien Garden, opened to the public in 1906, features historic buildings and seasonal flowers, including 600 red and white plum blossom trees; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.

2015 MARCH GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT (Osaka): March 8-22; at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium; 06-6645-9999; www.sumo.or.jp/en/index.

YOSHINO-BAIGO PLUM BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): March 8-April 5; 15-minute walk from JR Ome Line, Hinatawada Station, along Yoshino Kaido Street, Ome city; 0428-20-0011.

KAWAZU CHERRY BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 10; 8,000 cherry blossom trees along the River Kawazu; illuminated 6-9 p.m. during the event; Kawazu Station on Izu-Kyuko-Line; 0558-32-0290.

NAGAHAMA BONBAI EXHIBITION (Shiga prefecture): Through March 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., illuminated Feb. 7-March 8, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; featuring about 90 bonbai — Japanese apricot tree in bonsai style — from the collection cultivated by Nagahama city at Unkeikan, three-minute walk from JR Nagahama Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0749-65-6521; http://go-centraljapan.jp/en/sightseeing/detail_808.html.

PEACE ON EARTH (Tokyo): March 11; commemorating 3/11 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku with events and live performances at Yoyogi Koen Event Square, 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free; 03-5455-4283.

TOKYO OPERA NOMORI SPRING FESTIVAL: March 13-April 12; featuring opera and classical concerts including Wagner Series “Der Ring des Nibelungen” and concerts commemorating Sviatoslav Richter’s 100th anniversary of his birth and more at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, National Museum of Nature and Science Japan Gallery & Global Gallery, Ueno Royal Museum Exhibition Room and more; JR Ueno Station; 03-5205-6497; http://www.tokyo-harusai.com/index_e.html. 2015

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE YOKOHAMA MOTOMACHI (Kanagawa prefecture): March 14, bagpipe band, Irish dance teams and more at 2 p.m. on the Motomachi Dori Street, followed by Irish open-air Ceili party at 3:30 p.m. at Motomachi Dori Street near Motomachi 3-chome; JR Ishikawacho Station or Motomachi Chukagai Station on Minato Mirai-Line; http://inj-yokohama.com/?page_id=22.

THAI MUSIC GRAMMY AWARDS FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): March 14, 2-8 p.m. & March 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; live music performances by dozens of musicians from Thailand at Keyaki Street of Yoyogi Park, 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; 03-5455-4283.

OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-6407-6011; www.antique-market.jp/english.

KINSHICHO PARK FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., more than 150 dealers; five-minute walk from JR Kinshicho Station; 03-3226-6800.

I LOVE IRELAND FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): March 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with live performances by Beoga, tricolor, Harumi Fuki, Akio Noguchi and more at Yoyogi Park; free; www.iloveireland.net.

PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL AT MOGUSAEN (Tokyo): Through March 15; about 500 plum trees in bloom at Keio Mogusaen, Hino city, 10-minute walk from Keio Mogusaen-mae Station; 300 yen adults, 100 yen kids; 042-591-3478.

YUGAWARA PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kawagawa prefecture): Through March 15; about 4,000 plum trees in bloom at Makuyama Park; events has taiko (Japanese drum) performance, traditional dance and more; 15-minute bus ride from JR Yugawara Station; 200 yen for adults, kids free; 0465-63-2111.

TANOURA PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 2,700 plum trees in red and white varieties; Tanoura Umenosato, 20-minute walk from JR Tanoura Station; free; 046-861-4181.

FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through March 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; 1,100 plum trees in 60 varieties start blooming early February at Fuchu Kyodo-no Mori Museum, 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 200 yen adults, 100 yen kids; 042-368-7921.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE TOKYO: March 15, 1 p.m. More than 1,000 people wearing green parade along Omotesanto Street, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station on Yamanote-Line or Omotesando Station on Chiyoda-Line; www.inj.or.jp/en/node/858.

FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): March 18 & 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; about 300 booths at Keyaki Square of Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-3226-6800.

ART FAIR TOKYO 2015: March 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., March 21, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. & March 22, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; works from more than 140 galleries from 30 cities around the world on sale, along with discussion sessions and more; Tokyo International Forum, B2F Hall Exhibition Hall, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 2,000 yen one-day pass, 3,500 yen three-day pass; 03-5808-1451; artfairtokyo.com/en. 

VERNAL EQUINOX DAY AND HIGAN: March 21; Shunbun no hi, or Vernal Equinox Day, a day when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day equal in length, is a national holiday in Japan. It’s a day to commune with nature and to show affection for all living things. Visits are made to family graves, to clean them and offer flowers and incense to console ancestral spirits.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MAKUHARI PARADE (Chiba prefecture): March 21; St. Patrick’s Day parade 2 p.m. between Kaihin Makuhari Koen and Kaihin Makuhari Station on Kokusai Dori Street, 29-minute ride on Keiyo Line from Tokyo Station; http://chiba.inj.or.jp.

ANIME JAPAN 2015 (Tokyo): March 21 & 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; one of the largest general animation events in the world, the fair will focus on younger creators and fans to promote anime industry with seminars and more; Tokyo Big Sight East No. 1-6 Halls; 2,000 yen adults at door, 1,600 yen advance tickets, ages 12 years & younger free; anime-japan.jp/en.

39TH JAPAN HANDBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS (Tokyo): March 21 & 22; men’s final at 2:15 p.m. March 22; Komazawa Gymnasium, 1-1, Komazawa Koen, Setagaya-ku, 15-minute walk from Komazawa University Station on Tokyu Den-entoshi Line; 2,700 yen adults, 1,300 yen high school students, 500 yen elementary school students; 03-3481-2494.

DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! 2015 (Tokyo): March 21, 22, 23, 29 & 30, 11:15-11:50 a.m., 1:15-1:50 p.m., 2:15-2:50 p.m.; for ages 15 & younger; at the side stage of indoor swimming pool, Tokyo Summerland; 3,000 yen adults, 2,000 yen ages 12 & younger, 1,500 yen infants; 042-558-6511.

OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through March 22; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and during the festival, a ferry is available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association, 04992-2-2177, Tokai Kisen (ferry), 04992-2-2177.

TANGE BY TANGE 1949-1959: KENZO TANGE AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF KENZO TANGE (Tokyo): Through March 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun., Mon. & holidays: featuring Japanese architect Kenzo Tange at TOTO Gallery, one-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line or seven-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibuya Line; free; 03-3402-1010; www.toto.co.jp/gallerma/index_e.htm.

MITO KAIRAKUEN PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through March 31, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mito Kairakuen, was built by Nariaki Tokugawa in 1842, is among the most popular gardens in Japan to appreciate the plum blossoms, with 3,000 trees with white and red blossoms, open-air tea ceremony Sundays along with live concerts and more; night illumination until 9 p.m. March 6-22; JR Mito station on Jyoban-Line or 20-minute ride from Mito I.C. on Jyoban Express; 029-244-5454; free; www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/index.html.

TOKYO METROPOLITAN TEIEN ART MUSEUM – FANTAISIE MEROEILLEUSE LE CLASSICISME DANS L’ART DECO FRANCAIS (Tokyo): Through April 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed 2nd & 4th Wed.; featuring more than 80 works; seven-minute walk from JR Meguro Station on Yamanote Line; 1,200 yen adults, 960 yen college students, 600 yen children; 03-3443-0201.

FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 29; three ice skating rinks; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture, in front of Lake Kawaguchi I.C. on Chuo Express; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen kids, 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en.

JULES PASCIN EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through March 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Wed.; featuring 120 paintings, woodblock prints and pastels by Pascin (1885-1930) at Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college students, 500 yen for youths (ages 12-18), free children 03-5777-8600; http://panasonic.co.jp/es/museum/exhibition/15/150117/index_en.html.

PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2014 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 280 photos by press photographers registered at Tokyo Photojournalist Association and six photos from other local areas taken in 2014; Japan Newspaper Museum, Nihon University Odori Station on Minatomirai Line or 10-minute walk from Kan-nai Station on JR Negishi Line; 510 yen adults, 410 yen college students, 300 yen senior high school students, free for children; 045-661-2040; http://newspark.jp/newspark/english/index.html.

SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 5; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.

SHINRIN KOEN FLOWER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through April 12; 600 plum trees in bloom late February until middle of March, followed by 1,000 cherry blossoms in bloom in early April; seven-minute bus ride from Shinrin Koen Station on Tobu-Line; 410 yen adults, 80 yen kids; www.shinrin-koen.go.jp/english.

NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH TULIP FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Through April 13; a half-million tulips in bloom at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

BEST OF THE BEST EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays; featuring 160 masterpieces from the Ishibashi Foundation on display at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, No. 6 Exit; 800 yen adults, 600 yen seniors, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp/en.

INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tokyo): Through May 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays except April 5, May 4 & 11; featuring 68 masterpieces on Impressionism from Renoir, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cezanne and others from the National Gallery of Art at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; 03-5777-8600; http://mimt.jp/nga/index_eng.html.

EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING (Tokyo): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; adults 510 yen/day, kids 210 yen/day plus adults 310 yen and children 210 yen for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.

LOUVRE MUSEUM: GENRE PAINTING – SCENES FROM DAILY LIFE (Tokyo): Through June 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, May 23, 24 30 & 31; featuring 83 paintings from the Musee du Louvre’s collection, including Vemeer’s “The Astronomer” at the National Art Center; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen high school students; Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 03-5405-8686; www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2015/louvre2015/index.html.

ANNA AND ELSA’S FROZEN FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through July 7; set after Anna and Elsa reconciled, see winter in a world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s power; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults 1,340 yen/day, kids 930 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 720 yen and 510 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.


THE 28TH LPGA DAIKIN ORCHID LADIES GOLF TOURNAMENT: March 6-8; season opening tournament at Ryukyu Golf Club in Tamagusuku Village, Shimajiri; buses No. 39 and No. 41 from Naha Bus Terminal, get off at Kirabaru; 2,000 yen for one-day ticket on 1st & 2nd rounds, 3,000 yen for final round; 098-860-2055.

13TH OKINAWA CITY CRAFT FAIR: March 12-15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; featuring Okinawan handmade crafts such as Chibana fabric, pottery, glass, woodcraft and more at Plaza House Fair Mall, six-minute ride from Okinawa Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; free; 098-934-2213.

OKINAWA CHILDREN’S KINGDOM FLOWER FESTIVAL 2015: Through March 15, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Tue.; various flowers of Okinawa and classes; 500 yen adults, 200 yen senior and junior high school students, 100 yen kids, 3 & under free; 098-933-4190.

MANZA BEACH OPENING: March 15, 1-5 p.m.; opening of athletic theme park Manza Ocean Park, includes free rides on underwater submarine and dragon boats 1:30-5 p.m.; ANA International Continental Manza Beach Resort, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-966-1211.

FUSAKI BEACH OPENING: March 16, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; enjoy snorkeling and marine sports at Fusaki Resort Village, Ishigaki Islands, 20-minute ride from New Ishigaki Airport; free parking; 0980-88-7000; www.fusaki.com/english.

HAIMURUBUSHI BEACH OPENING: March 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; enjoy opening, snorkeling and marine activities at Haimurubushi, Kohama Islands, 10-minute ride from Kohama Port; 0980-85-3111.

MAESATO BEACH OPENING 2015: March 22, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; attractions include at Ocean Park floating in the ocean, banana boat rides, ocean viewing by boats and more at ANA International Continental Ishigaki Resort, Ishigaki islands, 20-minute ride from New Ishigaki Airport; free; 0980-88-7111; www.anaintercontinental-ishigaki.jp.

HIGASHI-SON (VILLAGE) AZALEA FESTIVAL: Through March 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 50,000 azaleas in bloom at Higashi-son Sonmin-no Mori and auto-camp/bungalow with car parking at Eco Park; 30-minute ride from Nago city; adult 300 yen, children free; 098-43-2265.

ZAMAMI VILLAGE WHALE WATCHING FESTIVAL: Through April 5; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 50-minute express boat from Naha Port; 5,400 yen adults, 2,700 yen kids; 098-896-4141; www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/whale/english.html.

OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2015: Through May 6; showcasing flowers; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.

South Korea

THE MUSICAL, “RHO71500” (Seoul): March 12-May 31; Vivaldi Park Hall, 1st Bldg., DCF Daemyeong Cultural Factory; 22,000-44,000-66,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe

MUSICAL, “DREAMGIRLS” (Seoul): Through March 15; Charlotte Theater, 50,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “THE DWARF WEEK” (Seoul): Through April 26; Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black; 55,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

HWAGAE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): Through April 30; flowers and programs; +82-2-1330; http://toureng.hadong.go.kr/04festival/01_02.asp and http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=700651.

DAEGU DALBAE DALMAJI FESTIVAL (Daegu): March 5, 2-7:30 p.m.; annual event welcoming the first full moon of the new year and includes traditional customs like burning daljip (brushwood) for the 15th day of the Lunar New Year; +82-2-1330; www.dalseo.daegu.kr.

JEJU FIELD-BURNING FESTIVAL (Saebyeol Oreum mountain): March 5-8; pampas grass is burned off in this festival; +82-2-1330; buriburi.go.kr; for more about the mountain: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1052215.

AUDREY HEPBURN EXHIBITION (Seoul): Through March 8; Dongdaemun Design Plaza; 8,000-10,000-13,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “LA CAGE (Seoul): Through March 8; LG Arts Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“CINDERELLA” — BALLET THEATER OF SAINT PETERSBURG (Busan): March 11, 7:30 p.m., Busan Citizen Hall; Gyeonggi, March 27, 7:30 p.m., March 28, 3 p.m., Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Openhouse, 30,000-50,000-70,000-90,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION FROM MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS, FRANCE (Seoul): Through March 29; Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum; 13,000 won adults, 11,000 won youths, 9,000 won children; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

DAS MUSICAL, ROBIN HOOD (Seoul): Through March 29; D Cube Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “ONCE” (Seoul): Through March 29; Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater; 60,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL, “GONE WITH THE WIND” (Incheon): April 3-5; Incheon Culture & Arts Center Grand Theater, 70,000-90,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

EXHIBITION ON POMPEII (Seoul): Through April 5; Special Exhibition Gallery of the National Museum of Korea; 13,000 won ages 24+, 11,000 won ages 23 & younger, 8,000 won children, 5,000 won ages 4 & younger; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

STUDIO GHIBLI INC. GHIBLI MUSEUM, MITAKA (Seoul): Through April 5; Yongsan I-Park Mall Sixth Floor Special Exhibition; 15,000 won ages 19+, 12,000 won ages 18 & younger; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

LINDA MCCARTNEY RETROSPECTIVE (Seoul): Through April 26; Daelim Museum; 5,000 won ages 19-64, 3,000 won ages 8-18, 2,000 won ages 3-7; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

PLAY “JUDO BOY” (Seoul): Through May 3; Daehangno Art One Theater Bldg. 3; 40,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“AGATHA,” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through May 10; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University, 30,800-69,300 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MILLET, BARBIZON & FONTAINEBLEAU: Through May 10; at Seoul Olympic Museum of Arts; 14,000 won ages 19-64, 10,000 won ages 13-18, 8,000 won ages 7-12; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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