Name: Iizaka Onsen Music Festival
Area: Iizaka Onsen, Fukushima City
Date: Saturday, April 1st
Address: Iizaka Onsen Station: 〒960-0201 福島県福島市飯坂町字十綱下28 (Fukushima-ken Fukushima-shi Iizaka-cho Ji-totsunashita)
Details: A music festival in the Iizaka Onsen area of Fukushima City on April 1st. 34 bands over 6 stages, all within walking distance of Iizaka Onsen Station. Advance tickets are 4000 yen, or 4500 yen on the day (and includes two tickets for local onsens that can be used any time in April).
Name: Nihonmatsu Cherry Blossom Viewing
Area: Nihonmatsu City
Date: Saturday, April 8th
Address: Nihonmatsu Castle Park: 〒964-0904 福島 県 二本松 市 郭 内 ３ 丁目 ２ (Fukushima-ken Nihonmatsu-shi Kaku-uchi 3-chome 2)
Details: Nihonmatsu is hosting a hanami at the castle park on April 8th. It’s a fun day, and it’s walkable from the station. Please do come join us if you have time! It starts from 12 ish and runs until 5, there is also parking at the castle!
Name: Soma-Nomaoi Spring Race Tournament
Area: Minami–Soma City
Date: Sunday, April 16th
Address: 福島県南相馬市原町区橋本町４丁目１３−２７ (Fukushima-ken Minamisoma-shi Haramachi-ku Hashimoto-cho 4-chome 13-27)
Details: Many of the participants in this event will also participate in Soma-nomaoi (held in July). This event is meant to publicize and promote Soma-nomaoi, which is one of the oldest festivals in Japan. The event will feature a horse race with jockeys wearing traditional armor. In the case of rain, the festival will be moved to Sunday, April 23rd.
Name: Shirakawa Cherry Blossom Festival
Area: Shirakawa City
Date: Saturday, April 15th – Sunday, April 16th
Address: 〒961-0074 福島県白河市郭内１ (Fukushima-ken Shirakawa-shi Kakunai-1)
Details: Enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in the shadow of Shirakawa’s castle. The blossoms should be at their peak bloom, making for some great scenery. There will be a stage event and local goods for sale.
Name: AJET Block-2 Aizu-Hanami-Palooza
Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu City
Date: Saturday, April 22nd
Address: Tsuruga-jo: Otecho 1-1 Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan 965-0873
**WHAT: Block 2 Hanami party at Aizu Wakamatsu’s Tsurugajo’s Castle!
**WHERE: Tsurugajo, Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima
**WHEN: April 22
**WHO: Everyone! All of Block 2! Any friends, teachers, family, friends, from whatever country, prefecutre, or AJET block!
Name: Abe Monju-do Festival
Area: Tamura City
Date: Saturday, April 29th
Address: 福島県田村市船引町文珠 (Fukushima-ken Tamura-shi Funehiki-machi Monju)
Details: This festival features a ceremony in which the local children wear extravagant costumes from the Heian era and climb the side of a cedar tree. This ritual is said to bring academic achievement for the children.