More than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom at Motosuko Lake Resort in view of Mount Fuji at Motosuko Lake Resort in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan through June 1. The site features more than 800,000 moss phlox plants.
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SHIOBUNE KANNON TEMPLE AZALEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): mid-April to early May, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 15 different kinds of azaleas bloom on the temple grounds and yamabushi (mountain priests) walk barefoot on the path of smoldering embers during the fire-walking festival at 1 p.m. April 27; 300 yen; JR Ome Line, Kabe Station; 0428-22-6677.
HITSUJIYAMA MOSS PHLOX PLANT FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Mid-April to mid-May, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 400,000 moss phlox plants at Hitsujiyaka Park; 10-minute walk from Chichibu Station on Seibu-Line or 11-minute walk from Shibasakura Station on Chichi-Line; 300 yen adults; 04994-25-5209.
VIEW OF DAILY LIFE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through April 22; featuring photos of daily life focusing on culture, food and children from 33 countries by Associated Press photojournalists; Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery; JR Tokyo Station; free; 03-5218-5100.
SANKEIEN GARDEN (Yokohama): Through April 24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; primrose (Primula sieboldii), was popular in Edo Period and it blooms at the Outer Garden of Central Square; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Line; 500 yen; 045-621-0634; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.
ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 100 dealers in the entrance path to Yasukuni Shrine, five-minute walk from the Metro Kudanshita Station and 10-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station and Iidabashi Station; free; 03-5610-4305.
NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., more than 300 dealers at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL LA FOLLE JOURNEE DE NIIGATA 2014 (Niigata prefecture): April 20-27; 35 45-minute classical concerts performed by musicians from Wien, Prague, Budapest, and Japan; Ryutopia (main hall) and others, 15-minute walk from JR Hakusan Station on Echigo Line; 025-226-2563.
38TH JAPAN HOBBY SHOW (Tokyo): April 24-26,10 a.m.-5 p.m.; crafts including scrapbooking, home decoration, herbs and more; Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Hall East I, II III Halls; 1,000 yen/one-day ticket, 1,500 yen/three-day ticket, ages 18 & younger free; 03-5530-1111; www.hobby.or.jp/hobbyshow/2014/en/index.html.
TOKYO ART & ANTIQUES: GINZA/ KYOBASHI/ NIHONBASHI ART ANTIQUES FESTIVAL: April 24-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; the 78 galleries located in Nihonbashi/Kyobashi feature antiques, Japanese and European paintings, arts and crafts and modern art, plus talk shows and gallery tour 1 p.m. April 25 & 26 for 3,000 yen; 03-3403-0102; www.tokyoartantiques.com/en/index.html.
MUSIC FESTIVAL ARGERICH’S MEETING POINT IN BEPPU (Oita prefecture): April 24-May 11; classical concerts organized by Argerich Arts Foundation at B-con Plaza, Iichiko Sogo Bunka Center and Kita Kyushu Soleil Hall; 10-15-minute walk from JR Oita Station; 0977-27-2299; www.argerich-mf.jp/en/index.html.
CRYING SUMO BATTLE (Tokyo): April 26, 12:30-3 p.m.; babies face sumo wrestlers during at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo as part of a ritual to bring good health to babies; Asakusa Station on Ginza-Line; 03-3844-1221.
FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA ITALIANO 2014 (Tokyo): April 26-29 & May 3-6; Italian movies such as “Un giorno devi andare,” “Viva la liberta,” “Benvenuto Presidente!,” “Miele,” and others; Yurakucho Asahi Hall, JR Yurakucho-Station; 1,700 yen adults, 1,600 yen students and seniors; 03-570-02-9999.
TAKARA TOMY PLARAIL FESTA (Chiba prefecture): April 26-May 6, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; see the plastic electric train set system known as Takara World; Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall No. 9. 15-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keio Line; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen kids; 03-5435-0604.
NARCISSUS FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): April 26-May 18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; one million narcissuses in 90 varieties bloom at Norn Minakami Flower Garden, five-minute ride from Minakami I.C. on Kan-etsu Express; 800 yen adults, 300 yen children; 0278-72-6688; www.norn.co.jp/green.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 150 dealers; in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.
FUEFUKI CITY PEACH BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through April 27; Isawa Onsen Station on JR Chuo-Line or Ichinomiya Misaka IC on Chuo Express; 055-262-4111; www.city.fuefuki.yamanashi.jp/english/spot.php and www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english032.html.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL LA FOLLE JOURNEE DE BIWAKO 2014 (Shiga prefecture): April 27-29; 45-minute classical concerts performed by musicians from Prague, Wien, and Japan at Biwako Hall (main hall) and others, 20-minute walk from JR Otsu Station on Tokaido Line (Biwako Line); up to 3,000 yen; 077-523-7136.
GOLDEN WEEK: A series of Japanese national holidays: April 29, Showa Day, May 3, Constitution Memorial Day, May 4, Greenery Day and May 5, Children’s Day, or Boy’s Day. Many Japanese workers get as many as three days a week off on these national holidays. During the week, resorts and entertainment centers are expected to be crowded.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL LA FOLLE JOURNEE AU JAPAN “L’HEURE EXQUISE” 2014 (Tokyo): May 3-5; about 350 45-minute classical concerts, 150 free; Tokyo International Forum Hall, Yomiuri Hall, Yomiuri Ote-machi Hall and Marunouchi area, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station or a five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 2,000-3,000 yen; tinyurl.com/qcgz6ug.
45TH BUNKYO AZALEA FESTIVAL AT NEZU SHRINE (Tokyo): Through May 6, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; about 3,000 bushes of 100 varieties of azaleas bloom in late April; Nezu Shrine’s compound, Bunkyo Ward; five-minute walk from Sendagi Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3822-0753.
OCCUPATION-ERA YOKOHAMA PHOTOGRAPHED BY A MEMBER OF THE U.S. WOMEN’S ARMY CORPS – THE COLLECTION OF MARY A. RUGGIERI (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 70 photographs taken in Yokohama during the U.S. Allied occupation (Oct. 1946-April 1948) from 4,000 photos by Ruggieri; free, but 100 yen to enter reading room; Yokohama Archives of History, two-minute walk from Nihon-odori Station on Minato Mirai Line or 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 045-201-2100; www.kaikou.city.yokohama.jp/en/index.html.
ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITION: 15 MINUTES ETERNAL (Tokyo): Through May 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 5 p.m. Tue.; featuring 700 art works, including paintings, sketches, videos, sculptures and photos at Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,500 for adults, 1,000 yen students, 500 yen for senior junior students; 03-5777-8600; www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/andy_warhol/about/index.html.
TATEBAYASHI KOINOBORI MATSURI (Gunma prefecture): Through May 9; more than 5,000 koinobori (carp streamers) along the Tsuruudagawa River, Kondonuma Pond, Morinjigawa River and Tsutsujigaoka Park in Tatebayashi city, 20-minute walk from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Line; 0276-72-4111.
TATEBAYASHI AZALEA FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Through May 11, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; about 10,000 bushes of 50 varieties of azaleas bloom, peaking in late April; Kenritsu Tsutsujigaoka Koen, five-minute ride from Tatebayashi I.C. on Tohoku Express; 310 yen adults, 620 yen during full bloom, kids free; Tatebayashi City Sightseeing Federation 0276-72-4111.
UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties contributed by Luoyang Botanical Garden, China, in 1980; six-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-3822-3675.
ROBERT CAPA PHOTO EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.; commemorating 101st anniversary of Capa’s birth (1913-1954), featuring 160 of his photos; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 1,100 yen adults, 900 yen college students, ages 11 & younger free; 03-3280-0099; http://syabi.com/e/contents/index.html.
THE SCIENTIFIC EYE AND VISUAL WONDERS IN EDO (Tokyo): Through May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3479-8600; http://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibit/2014_2.
JAPANESE WOODCUT PRINTS EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Thu.; Japanese woodcut prints including ukiyo-e (colored woodblock print) and chiyogami (paper) at Yokohama Museum of Art, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 10-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,100 yen adults, 700 yen college and senior high school students, 400 yen junior high school students, kids free; 045-221-0300; www.yaf.or.jp/yma/english.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through June 1; at Jingu Stadium, four-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu-Line or four-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo-Line; 1,300 yen infield bleachers, 800 yen outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.
FUJI MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through June 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom in bright purple; Fuji Motosuko Lake Resort, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 520 yen adults, 210 yen children; 0555-89-3031; www.shibazakura.jp/eng/index.html.
KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK POPPY GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through June 8, daily; about 1 million poppy flowers start blooming in late April, and events include live taiko and dance performances 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19 & 20, flea market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19, and local products on sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17 & 18 and 2-4 p.m. June 1 & 8, guests can pick poppy flowers; 15 minute walk from Keikyu Line or JR Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: Through June 23; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, discount after 3 p.m., 4,900 yen adults, 4,300 yen youth, 3,400 yen kids, 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/tdr/english/news/index.html.
EASTER SPECIAL MICKEY & DUFFY’S SPRING VOYAGE (Chiba prefecture): Through June 23; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11 years old, 5,500 yen those older than 60; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL OVO (Tokyo): Through June 29; new version of Cirque du Soleil, an immersion into the world of insects, at Odaiba Big Top, five-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome (monorail) or seven-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; 6,500-10,000-12,500 yen adults, 4,500-6,500-8,500 yen kids weekdays, 7,500-11,000-13,500 yen adults, 5,500-7,500-9,500 yen kids weekends & holidays; 0570-020-520; www.fujitv.co.jp/events/ovo/en/event_tokyo.html.
NISHIHARA MARINE PARK KIRA KIRA BEACH: April 26, 10:30 a.m.; beach opening ceremony, shell hunting and more; 35-minute drive from Naha Airport; free; 098-944-5589.
YAGAJI BEACH OPENING: April 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; swim in the ocean, fishing, camping and more at Yagaji Beach, Nago city, two-hour ride from Naha Airport; 500 yen adults, 300 yen children; 0980-52-8123.
UKEN BEACH OPENING: April 27; swim with your pets, do marine sports and more; 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-974-7772.
HIJYAGAWA KOINOBORI FESTIVAL: April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 200 koinobori (carp streamers) stream along the Hijyagawa River, along with other attractions; 20-minute ride from Okinawa Minami IC; 098-956-1177.
NAGO ORCHID FESTIVAL: April 27-May 6, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Nago orchid was first discovered at Nago Valley in 1721 and is registered as an endangered species; at Neo Park Okinawa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport or 20-minute ride from Kyoda IC; 660 yen adults, 330 yen youths, 220 yen kids; 0980-5206348.
KOINOBORI FESTIVAL: May 3-5; koinobori (carp streamers) designed by kindergartners and nursery school students in Miyakojima Island are on display, plus other attractions at Ueno German Culture Village, 15-minute ride from Miyako Airport; 0980-76-3771.
OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2014: Through May 6; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.
2014 BOLSHOI ON ICE (Seoul): April 23-May 18; Mokdong Ice Rink; 60,000-80,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
2014 IHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Gyeongi province): Through April 24 & 26; ice hockey world championship games at Goyang Sports Complex & Park Ice Rink; 15,000-20,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
EVERLAND TULIP FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through April 27; at Everland; Jeondae Everland Station on Ever Line; +82-2-1330; http://www.everland.com.
MUSICAL “JOINT SECURITY AREA” (Seoul): Through April 27; Dongsoong-Art Center, Dongsoong Hall, 50,000-65,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL, “VINCENT VAN GOGH” (Seoul): Through April 27, Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black, 50,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “MURDER BALLAD” (Seoul): May 3-June 29; Vivaldi Park Hall, 1st Bldg., DCF Daemyeong Cultural Factory, 44,000-66,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
ALL THAT SKATE 2014 (Seoul): May 4 & 5, 4 p.m. & May 6, 6 p.m.; featuring 2010 Olympic gold medalist skater Kim Yuna and others at Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium; tickets 33,000-330,000 won; http://allthatskate.com.
MUSICAL “ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (Seoul): May 5-June 29; DCF Daemyung Culture Factory Bldg. 2 Lifeway Hall; 20,000-40,000-50,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
ELECTRIC RUN (Seoul): May 10, 6 p.m.; world’s brightest 5K run at Seoul World Cup Park & Sky Park; register by May 2; http://electricrun.com.
WANDO SEAWEEDS EXPO: Through May 11; Wondohang Port, Beach Park, Jang Bo-go historical site area, take an express bus bound for Wando Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal and reach Wando Haebyeon Park, walk toward the sea; 8,000 won adults, 5,000 won youths, 4,000 won children; +82-2-1330; http://en.wandoexpo.com.
MUSICAL “SEOPYONJE” (Seoul): Through May 11; Universal Arts Center, 50,000-70,000-90,000-110,000 won, 180,000 won/couple; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MOONLIGHT TOUR AT CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE (Seoul): May 14 & 15 and June 10 & 11, 8-10 p.m.; special chance to visit Changdeokgung Palace at the full moon; Donhwamun Gate (meeting), 30,000 won; 02-2270-1233; http://tinyurl.com/px6nww6.
MUSICAL “OPHELIA” (Seoul): May 16-25; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater; 30,000-50,000-70,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “CATS” (Gyeonggi province): May 30-June 1; Ansan Arts Center Haedoji Theater; 40,000-70,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
YANGPYEONG STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through May 31; pick strawberries at farms and take in the sites at Yangpyeong, surrounded by mountains and the Namhangang and Bukhangang River; reservation required; take a Bus 7-7 (five stops) or 7-3 (seven stops) from Yongmun Bus Terminal to Hwajeon 2-ri Village Center; 20,000-25,000 won; +82-2-1330.
MUSICAL “M. BUTTERFLY” (Seoul): Through June 1; Daehakro Art One Theater 1; 35,000-50,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “LE ROI SOLEIL” (Seoul): Through June 1; Blue Square Samsung Electronics Hall; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “FULL HOUSE” (Seoul): Through June 8; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University, 55,000-77,000-99,000-110,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “FIVE COURSE LOVE” (Seoul): Through June 29; Good Theater; 50,000-60,000-70,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
JUMP (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; comic martial arts performance, including Korea’s Taekwondo and Taekkyeon; Kyunghyang Art Hill; 40,000-50,000-60,000 won ages 4+; +82-2-1330.
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