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.


FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 26, 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.

KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 28, 5 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 110 antique dealers; Kawagoe Station on JR and Tobu Tojo Lines/Hon Kawagoe Station on Seibu Line; 03-5996-4105.

ZUSHI ANTIQUE FAIR (Kanagawa prefecture): Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; at the precincts of Zushi Kameoka Hachiman; three-minute walk from JR Zushi Station and Shin Zushi Station on Keikyu-Line; 090-5442-3778.

DOLL FESTIVAL & STRAWBERRY AT FUEFUKIGAWA FRUIT PARK (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m.; live performance at 1:30 p.m., along with origami (paper folding), making cotton candy, free strawberry gelato for the first 150 visitors and more at the park, an eight-minute ride from JR Yamanashi Station on Chuo Line; 0553-23-4101.

WORLD MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): Feb. 28-March 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; enjoy music from around the world along with arts at the Keyaki Street of Yoyogi Koen; 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free; 03-5455-4283.

SUPER JAPAN CUP DANCE (Chiba prefecture): Feb. 28-March 1, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; professional and amateur dancers compete at Makuhari Messe, five-minute walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; 3,000-22,000 yen; 03-5652-7351.

39TH JAPAN HANDBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS (WOMEN’S) (Ishikawa prefecture): Feb. 28-March 1; women’s final at noon March 1 at Komatsu Sogo Gymnasium, 20-minute walk from JR Komatsu Station on Hokuriku Line; 2,700 yen for adults, 1,300 yen for senior and junior high school students, 500 yen for elementary school students; 090-8266-1733.

TOKYO STATION A HUNDRED YEARS OF ITS LEGACY: Through March 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; paintings, photos and movies focused on Tokyo Station at Tokyo Gallery; 900 yen adults, 700 yen junior and senior high school students, free children; 03-3212-2485.


KOISHIKAWA KORAKUEN PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through March 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 90 plum trees in 30 varieties start blossoming at the foot of a mountain in early February; performances March 1; two-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on Oedo-Line or an eight-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on Sobu-Line; 300 yen; 03-3811-3015.

TOWADAKO LAKE WINTER FESTIVAL 2015 (Aomori prefecture): Through March 1, 3-9 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; Towadako Lake celebrates with a snow-covered lakeside and illuminated strolls and featuring food booths, live music, and fireworks after 8 p.m.; 0176-75-2425.

OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): March 1 & 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.

FLEA MARKET AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA (Saitama prefecture): March 1, 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.

SAITAMA STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): March 1; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 350 amateur and licensed antique dealers; 15-minute walk from Urawa-misono Station on Saitama Kosoku Tetsudo; 200 yen, kids free; 0180-99-3355.

TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION 2015: March 1, 3 p.m.; fashion shows featuring top models, brands and musicians; Yoyogi National Stadium No. 1 Gymnasium, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 6,500 yen at the door, 3,500 yen for discounted tickets for entry after 5 p.m.; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799.

HINA MATSURI DOLL FESTIVAL OR GIRL’S FESTIVAL: March 3; A time when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. The dolls wear costumes of the imperial court during the Heian Period (794-1192), which are placed on a tiered platform covered with red felt. The size of the dolls and number of steps vary, but usually the displays are of five or seven layers. Single-tiered decorations with one male and one female doll are also common.

EXHIBITION OF KORIN’S “IRISES” & “RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS” (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily; two masterpieces “Irises” and “Red and White Plum Blossoms” on display at MOA Museum of Art; 1,600 yen adults, 800 yen students; 0557-84-2511.

JINDAIJI DARUMA ICHI (Tokyo): March 3 & 4; The daruma doll is believed to bring luck to business, happiness, and good health for life, protecting from accidents, and so on, a large outdoor daruma market with more than 300 stalls set up to serve the thousands of visitors who come to pray at Jindaiji Temple and to purchase dolls; one-minute walk from Jindaiji bus stop after taking 10-minute ride from Tsutsujigaoka Station on Keio-Line; free; 042-486-5511.

YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN — LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Through March 5; celebrating a new year with Chinese New Year performance of traditional music, Chinese acrobatics and Chinese dragon dance at Yamashita Park special stage on Feb. 28 & March 1; one-minute walk from Motomachi Station on Minato-mirai Line or a seven-minute walk from Kan-nai Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 045-662-1252.

NAGASAKI LANTERN FESTIVAL: Through March 5; Nagasaki was the only port in Japan opened to foreign trade in Japan during the Edo Period for more than 200 years. The island of Dejima, constructed in Nagasaki Bay, was the only port given to Westerners to stay and trade while Chinese people were also confined in a limited land called Tojin Yashiki and it developed into a Chinatown in Nagasaki after the Meiji Restoration. Chinese New Year celebrations in Nagasaki take place at seven places in the city including Shinchimachi, Nagasaki’s Chinatown, Minato Koen (main stage) and other places. A myriad of glowing lanterns, as well as spectacular lion and dragon dances, are among the featured attractions; 095-829-1314.

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW IN YOKOHAMA: March 5-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 180 boats and yachts including PWC and kayak 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.

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.

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. to 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.

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 and 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

ANNA AND ELSA’S FROZEN FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through March 20; 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.

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.

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.

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.


GINOWAN BULL FIGHTING FESTIVAL: March 1, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting is bull vs. bull; at Ishikawa Multi-purpose Square; 3,000 yen; 80-minute bus ride from Naha bus terminal; 098-965-5634.

OKINAWA YAMBARU ADVENTURE RALLY IN HIGASHI-SON: March 1 & 2; group and individual adventure challenges such as trail running, trekking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, orienteering, river trekking and more in Higashi-son; 35,000 yen for one team entry; 30-minute ride from Nago city; 03-5610-0638.

HIGASHI-SON (VILLAGE) AZALEA FESTIVAL: March 1-22, 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.

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.

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

MUSICAL, “DREAMGIRLS” (Seoul): Feb. 26-March 15; Charlotte Theater, 50,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

ULJIN SNOW CRAB FESTIVAL (North Gyeongsang province): Feb. 27-March 1; taste fresh seafood caught from Uljin’s Hupo Port and see crab-related attractions; take intercity bus to Hupo from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a Uljin-Pyeonghae route bus to Hupo Suhyup; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=700858.

MUSICAL “THE DWARF WEEK” (Seoul): Feb. 27-April 26; Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black; 55,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“HAROLD & MAUDE,” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; National Theater of Korea, Small Hall, 30,000-50,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “BETWEEN RAINDROPS” (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; Sang Myung Art Hall, Theater One; 45,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

VAN GOGH: A RECORD OF TEN YEARS EXHIBITION (Seoul): Through March 1; War Memorial of Korea; 15,000 won adults, 12,000 won students, 8,000 won infants; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

HWAGAE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): March 1-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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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