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OKTOBERFEST AT AKIHABARA (Tokyo): March 27-April 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; German beers and live performances at Versalle Akihabara, four-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station (Denkigai Exit) on Sobu Line; free admission; 03-5733-6773.
25TH HAKKODA WALK (Aomori prefecture): March 31; Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line (Route 103) is partially closed Nov. 24 to March 31 and prior to its opening April 1, 8 km of the route is open to walkers; 5,000 yen adults, 3,500 yen children; 017-723-7211.
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; JR Mito station on Jyoban-Line or 20-minute ride from Mito I.C. on Jyoban Express; free.
JAL CHALLENGE CUP SOCCER (Tokyo): March 31, 7:25 p.m. kick off; Japan vs. Uzbekistan at Ajinomoto Stadium, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station on Keio Line; 03-6801-8002.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: April 2-June 23; features Hippity-Hoppity Springtime parade set in the secret Easter garden with the Disney friends and of Easter bunnies; guests can challenge themselves to two egg hunt programs (separate fees, 510 yen standard course, 1,040 yen expert course, in Japanese only), with more than 40 different types of Easter eggs with Disney character designs hidden around the park; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, discount pass after 3 p.m. weekends and holidays: 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youth, 3,500 yen kids.
EASTER SPECIAL “MICKEY & DUFFY’S SPRING FAIR” (Chiba prefecture): April 2-June 23; events include Mickey and friends gathering for a colorful springtime fashion show; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, discount after 3 p.m. weekends and holidays is 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youth, 3,500 yen kids.
SPRING FESTIVAL AT KANDA MYOJIN (Tokyo): April 3; one of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo, along with Fukagawa Matsuri and Sanno Matsuri. The festival started in early 17th century as a celebration of Ieyasu Tokugawa’s decisive victory over the battle of Sekigahara and was continued as a display of the prosperity of the Tokugawa shogunate, the event featuring over 200 mikoshi parade along with music, dance and floats at Kanda Myojin (Shrine) and surrounding central Tokyo districts; five-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on JR Sobu Line; 03-3254-0753.
YASUKUNI SHRINE SUMO TOURNAMENT (Tokyo): April 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; annual tournament held at Yasukuni Shrine Sumo ring, sumo matches after the intermission at 2 p.m., limited to the first 6,000 people; five-minute walk from Kudan-shita Station on Subway Tozai Line and Hanzomon Line; free; 03-3261-8326.
SHINGEN-KO FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): April 3-5; Shingen Takeda (1521-1582) was a warlord and tactician of Japan’s warring stages era; the highlight of the event is a parade of more than 1,000 people in samurai costumes through Kofu city, gathering at JR Kofu Station at 5:30 p.m., returning to Maizuru Castle Park at 7:15 p.m. April 4; attractions including kendo tournament, karate performance and a parade of children in samurai costume.
8TH AFRICAN FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): April 3-5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., until5 p.m. Sun.; experience African culture through live performances, foods, crafts and more; Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 045-317-7890.
RIVERDANCE (Tokyo): April 3-15; Tokyu Theatre Orb, 11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie; JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 7,500-10,000-12,000 yen; 03-3477-9999.
FCI ASIA PACIFIC SECTION DOG SHOW 2015 (Tokyo): April 4 & 5, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Asia’s biggest dog event features dog show with 2,400 dogs, in 132 varieties, to compete best in show, best of breed, and best in group; Tokyo Big Sight East 5 & 6, three-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon, Station Yurikagome Line; 03-3251-1652.
OUTDOOR DAY 2015 JAPAN (Tokyo): April 4 & 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy outdoor lifestyles, nature, live performance and more at Yoyogi Park Event Square, 15-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free; 03-3357-2851.
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.
YOSHINO-BAIGO PLUM BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through April 5; 15-minute walk from JR Ome Line, Hinatawada Station, along Yoshino Kaido Street, Ome city; 0428-20-0011.
KOGA PEACH BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through April 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1,500 peach trees in five varieties; performances, open-air tea services and more at Koga Sogo Koen, 10-minute ride from Shin Koga Station on Tobu Nikko-Line or 20-minute ride from Tatebayashi IC on Tohoku Express; 0280-47-1129.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): April 5 & 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers participating; Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; free; 03-5805-1093.
TASHA TUDOR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through April 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until 5 p.m. April 6; commemorating 100th anniversary of Tasha Tudor’s birth, featuring gardening, picture books, doll house at the Event Square, 8th floor of Matsuya Ginga; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen junior high school students; 03-3567-1211.
O-GAUGE MODEL SPECIAL EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through April 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tue.; enjoy collection of O-Gauge models trains produced by Nobutaro Hara; Hara Model Railway Museum, two-minute walk from Shin Takashima Station on Minato Mirai Line or five-minute walk from JR Yokohama Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen senior and junior high school students, 500 yen children.
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.
HANA MATSURI (FLOWER FESTIVAL) OR KAMBUTSU-E (THE BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL): April 8; Buddhist temples throughout Japan will mark the Kambutsu-e nativity festival. On this day, a small hall called hanamido (flower hall) is set up on the grounds of every Buddhist temple and bedecked with colorful flowers. A basin of water with a statue of the Buddha at birth is placed in the middle, and people who visit the temples pour sweet tea (amacha) on the head of the statue. According to legend, the Buddha was born in the garden of Lumbini on the southern fringe of present-day Nepal.
SHINRIN KOEN FLOWER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through April 12; view cherry blossoms in early April; seven-minute bus ride from Shinrin Koen Station on Tobu-Line; 410 yen adults, 80 yen kids; 0493-57-2111.
TOKYO OPERA NOMORI SPRING FESTIVAL: Through 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.
KALEIDOSCOPE OF BIRDS AND FLOWERS: FLOWERS BY SHUNSO AND GYOSHU, BIRDS BY SEIHO AND SHOKO (Tokyo): Through April 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; see birds and flowers by Shunso Hishida (1874-1911), Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935), Seiho Takeuchi (1864-1942) and Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) in Japanese-style paintings on display at Yamatane Museum of Art, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station on Yamanote and Hibiya Lines; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen students, ages 11 & younger free.
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.
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.
JFK HIS LIFE AND LEGEND (Tokyo): Through May 10, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; featuring documents, photos and personal belongings of former President John F. Kennedy at National Archive of Japan, five-minute walk from Takehashi Station on Tozai Line; free; 03-3214-0621.
JAKUCHU AND BUSON (Tokyo): Through May 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tue.; commemorating 300th anniversary of two Edo Period (1603-1868) artists’ birth in 1816 — Jakuchu Ito and Buson Yosa — with representative paintings on display; Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, kids free.
BEST OF THE BEST EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; featuring 160 masterpieces from the Ishibashi Foundation 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.
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 from Renoir, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cezanne and others 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 kids.
GUERCINO EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; Guercino (1591-1666), was one of the major painters of the Italian Baroque period who further developed the Baroque aesthetics begun by painters Caravaggio and Carracci. The exhibit features 40 paintings by Guercino from the collections of the Municipal Art Gallery of Cento, Italy; The National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen for adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600.
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. Fri., 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, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen high school students.
THE GREAT AMAZON AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through June 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids.
MONEY AND BEAUTY: BOTTICELLI AND THE RENAISSANCE IN FLORENCE (Tokyo): Through June 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. & Sun, closed April 13 & 20; featuring many of Botticelli’s masterpieces at Bunkamura The Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children.
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.
BUSENA TERRACE BEACH: April 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening at a private beach in Nago city, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport, free bus for visitors for a stay from the Naha Terrace, 0980-51-1333.
YOMITAN VILLAGE NIRAI BEACH: April 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; enjoy beach opening at a beach run by Yomitan village next to Hotel Nikko Alivia, Yomitan village, 60-minute ride from Naha Airport or 75-minute ride by airport limousine bus; parking lot available; 098-982-9111.
BEER FES OKINAWA: April 4, 1-9 p.m. & April 5, noon-5 p.m.; taste award winning beer at Helios Pub; 2,700 yen for advance ticket, 2,900 yen at door (includes a beer glass and six coupons for a glass of beer); 1-2-25, Makishi, Okinawa, located on Kokusai Streets; 0797-34-7751 or 098-050-9686.
KUMEJIMA EEF BEACH: April 5; enjoy a beach opening at Eef Beach near Kumejima Eef Beach Hotel Okinawa and attractions such as beach tennis, followed by ritual praying for safety throughout the season by Honganji Temple’s priest; 27-minute ride from Kumejima Airport, parking lot available; 098-896-7010.
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.
MIYAKOJIMA BEACH OPENING 2015: April 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Maihama Beach, known for its beautiful white sand, opens for the season and visitors can take part in shell hunting, kayaking and more; Maihama Beach, Miyako Island, 20-minute ride from Miyako Airport; 0980-73-1881.
GINOWAN TROPICAL BEACH: April 10, 1 p.m.; enjoy swimming in the ocean, shell hunting, fish-catching and more; Ginowan city, 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-897-2751. 098-897-2764.
CHATAN PARK SUNSET BEACH: April 10, 5-9 p.m.; featuring live hula dance and Hawaiian live band; 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; free; 098-926-5678.
ZAMAMI VILLAGE BEACH OPENING: April 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; beach opening at Ama Beach, a shallow beach, featuring eisa dance, Hula dance, fish-catching, swimming in the ocean and more; five-minute ride from Zamami Port; 098-896-4321.
AZAMA “SUN SUN” BEACH OPENING: April 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; swim in the ocean and enjoy a variety of marine attractions, including water-skiing, banana boat riding, watercraft riding and more; 50-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-948-3521.
THE WHALE CHANNEL TOKASHIKI ISLAND BEACH OPENING: April 20; beach opening at Aharen Beach, a mecca for marine sports such as snorkeling and diving; 30-minute ride from Tokashiki Port; 098-987-2333.
NISHIHARA MARINE PARK KIRA KIRA BEACH: April 25, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; beach opening ceremony, followed by hula dance and Hawaiian live band, water attractions and more; 35-minute drive from Naha Airport, parking lot available; 098-944-5589.
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.
MUSICAL “MY BUCKET LIST” (Seoul): March 26-May 31; Dongsoong Art Center, 45,000 won.
GWANGJU SPRING FLOWER SHOW: March 27-April 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; flower show with the theme “Fairy tale land full of flowery scents” at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, Kimdaejung Convention Center Station on Gwangju Subway Line 1, Exit 5; 6,000 won adults, 4,000 won children; +82-2-1330.
MOONLIGHT TOUR AT CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE (Seoul): April 1-June 3, 8-10 p.m.; special opportunities to visit the Changdeokgung Palace at the full moon of the months in April-June of the Lunar year; limited to the first 100 people per day, 30,000 wonl.
PLAY “RAISING DAD” (Seoul): April 3-19; KB Haneul Youth Theater, The National Theater of Korea; 35,000-45,000 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.
MUSICAL “M. BUTTERFLY” (Seoul): April 11-June 7; Doosan Art Center, Yongkang Hall, 30,000-45,000-60,000 won.
MUSICAL, “JEKYLL & HYDE”: Ulsan, April 17, 7:30 p.m., April 18, 3 & 7:30 p.m., April 19, 2 & 6:30 p.m., Ulsan Culture Art Center, 60,000-140,000 won; Changwon, April 24, 7:30 p.m., April 25, 3 & 7:30 p.m. and April 26, 2 & 6:30 p.m., Main Theater, Sungsan Arts Hall; Gwangju, May 1, Main Theater, Gwangju Culture & Art Center; Gyeonggi, May 9, 3 & 7:30 p.m., May 10, 2 & 6:30 p.m., Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Opera House; 60,000-140,000 won.
DAS MUSICAL, “ROBIN HOOD” (Gyeonggi): April 19-May 25; Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House, Cube Art Center; 40,000-130,000 won.
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.
MUSICAL “PHANTOM” (Seoul): April 28-July 26; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won.
PLAY “JUDO BOY” (Seoul): Through May 3; Daehangno Art One Theater Bldg. 3; 40,000 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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