The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is a major event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. It is the biggest Japanese street party in the nation. The festival stretches six blocks and includes Japanese performances on three stages and over 200 martial artists demonstrating their skills throughout the day. Other participants include 25 Japanese and Asian restaurants, 30 interactive cultural exhibits and 35 vendors selling Japanese products.
New this year is the Japanese Culinary Arts Pavilion. As Japanese food is getting more and more popular in America, the Sakura Matsuri will feature Japanese cooking demonstrations and tastings throughout the day, with chef Tatsuo Saito from Japan, who is featured on NHK World’s program, Dining with the Chef.
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Date and TimeApril 13, 2013. The street festival begins immediately following the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Japanese Street Festival LocationThe Sakura Matsuri will be centered at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, stretching east to west on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 9th to 14th Streets. Entrances are located at the following intersections:
- 13th and E Streets NW
- 11th and E Streets NW
- 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.
- 12th St. and Constitution Ave.
- 10th St. and Constitution Ave.
TransportationThe best way to get to the festival is by public transportation. The closest Metro stations are Federal Triangle and Metro Center. For more information about getting to the festival, see Cherry Blossom Festival Transportation Guide
Admission$10.00 per Adult. Children ages 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets in advance online for just $8 per person and avoid the lines.
Performers Participating in the Sakura Matsuri
- Le Siana, a girl’s musical group from Nara, Japan
- Tamagawa University's 38-member taiko group
- Musicians and dancers from Okinawa Prefecture
- NASCAR driver Akinori Ogata
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. See the schedule of the National Cherry Blossom events