Events & Festivals Spring 2023 市内のイベント 令和5年度 春号


【May 1-28】All things Australian in Matsudo this May! / オーストラリアフェア in 松戸

Matsudo City became a sister city of Whitehorse (formerly Box Hill), Australia, on May 12, 1971. Since then, we have deepened our friendship with the people of Matsudo over a period of more than 50 years.
In celebration of the anniversary of the sister city agreement, there will be a “Whitehorse Week” event at the Matsudo Terrace Mall on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28.
In addition, from May 1 to May 28, a quiz rally and an Australia Fair will be held to familiarize Matsudo residents with Australia.

Quiz Rally

Learn more about Australia and Whitehorse by answering the trivia questions placed throughout the Terrace Mall! Those who answer all the questions correctly will receive a gift!
> See details (Japanese) / 日本語で読む

Australia Fair

As for the "Australia Fair", special Australia Corners will be set up in supermarkets and other stores around the city. Please click here for a list of participating stores.
List of participating supermarkets
> See details (Japanese) / 日本語で読む

Whitehorse Week

  • Date and Time: Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each
  • Place: Terrace Mall Matsudo 2nd floor, Komorebi Stage

Event Contents:

Hands-on events such as Australian art, wine tasting, Australian sports, live online tours of Australian city, and stage performances of traditional musical instruments, etc.
> See details (Japanese) / 日本語で読む

【May 13-21】Open Forest in Matsudo 2023 / オープンフォレストin松戸2023を開催します

What is “Open Forest in Matsudo”?

“Open Forest" is an event in which privately owned forests, protected and maintained by Satoyama volunteers, are opened to the public with the cooperation of the forest owners. ("Satoyama" means mountains and forests close to a rural settlement.)

Nineteen small forests in Matsudo that are normally closed to the public will be open to the public for the event. Why not visit these forests in May, when the young leaves and the sunlight filtering through the trees are beautiful?

This year's event will be the 11th of its kind, held annually in the hope that it will provide an opportunity to think about what we can do to pass on the precious forests that remain in the city to our future children.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 21, 2023
※Days and hours the forest is open to the public vary from forest to forest. Please check here. http://www.matsudo-satoyama.org/open-forest/OF11doc/OF11_moridedekirukoto.pdf
Location: 19 forests across the city (Access to each forest)

Content of the event

Strolling, exploration, nature observation, hammocks and other equipment for children to play with, etc. Activities vary from forest to forest, so please refer to the flyer and the Open Forest Committee website.


There are no parking lots or restrooms in the forest
Smoking is strictly prohibited.
Please wear long sleeves, long pants and athletic shoes.


Greenery and Flower Division 047-366-7378
Open Forest Committee Website

“Matsudo Mori Zukan”, an illustrated reference book

A guidebook with information about Satoyama’s conservation activities, an introduction to the forests where the activities take place, and columns about the forests. It also includes the location of the forests of Matsudo.

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。> Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む

【May 13】Edogawa Flower Line Festival / 江戸川松戸 春の花まつり

The Edogawa-Matsudo Flower Line is a 2-hectare flower garden that stretches along the banks of the Edogawa River, a 20-minute walk from the west exit of Matsudo Station. It is a famous spot on the Edogawa River where poppies bloom in the spring and cosmos bloom in the fall, grown in cooperation with flower volunteers, local neighborhood associaions, civic groups, nursery schools, kindergartens, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and community members, and flower festivals are held when the flowers are in full bloom.

There will be many events for the whole family to enjoy, so please come and join us!

  • Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Edogawa River bank near Kamikatsushika Bashi Bridge (松戸市古ヶ崎(まつどし こがさき)
  • Car & bicycle parking available

Scheduled Events

Pony riding experience (prior lottery application required), petting zoo, natural disaster experience vehicle, picture-story show, firefighter uniform experience, drone experience, bicycle speed challenge, various booths, kitchen cars, stage performances (music band, dance, japanese traditional performing arts, Japanese Taiko drum), etc.
For details, please see the flyer below.

Lottery application for Pony-ride experience

Pony riding experience is by lottery in advance.

【Notes on application】

- One application per person.
- Only those who are selected in the preliminary drawing will be allowed to ride the pony.
- There are three time slots: 10:00 am to 11:00 am, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
- Applications are accepted only through the Chiba e-Application Service.
- The deadline for applications is May 12, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Winners will be notified by e-mail around 5:00 p.m. on May 12 (unsuccessful applicants will not be notified).
- Please enter your e-mail address correctly.
- You may not receive the winning e-mail if you have set up your e-mail to block unknown senders. Please set your e-mail address so that you can receive the e-mail from the address "mckasenseiryu@city.matsudo.chiba.jp".
- In case of rain, the flower festival will be canceled and the pony riding experience will not be held.

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Apply for the pony ride lottery HERE / ポニー乗馬の応募

Other Notes

! Please do not enter the flower garden.
! When viewing the flowers, please use the pathways in the flower garden.
! Please do not pick flowers or take them home with you.
! Please do not take pets off leashes.

Read details in Japanese / 日本語で詳しく読む

【Apr. 29 - May 5】'Golden Week' events in Matsudo / 松戸のゴールデンウィークイベントまとめ

Surrounded by flowers and trees, the Forest and Park for the 21st Century will host many entertainment activities during the Golden Week holidays. Please be united with nature and enjoy the festive atmosphere with your family.
<Please note: During the festival, the parking lots (paid parking) will be very crowded. Please consider using public transportations as much as possible.>

【Access to the Forest and Park for the 21st Century】

(1) 15 minutes walk from Shinkeisei-line Yabashira Sta. / Musashino-line Shinyahashira Sta.

(2) Take a bus from Shinkeisei-line Yabashira Sta. / Musashino-line Shinyahashira Sta.

  • Get on “#12 Danchi-Junkan Line” or "#14 For Shinmatsudo Sta."
  • Get off at [Mori-no-horu Chuo Stop] (apprx. 3 minutes)

(3) Take a bus from Joban-line / Musashino-line Shinmatsudo Sta.

  • Get on “#14 For Yabashira Sta."
  • Get off at [Mori-no-horu Chuo Stop] (apprx. 3 minutes)

> Access to the Forest and the Park for the 21st Century (21-seiki no Mori to Hiroba)

【Friday, May 5】Matsudo MORIHIRO Festa - 'The Kids Kingdom' / 松戸モリヒロフェスタ ~こどもの王国~

The "Matsudo MORIHIRO Festa - The Kids Kingdom (Kodomo-no-Okoku)", an always popular event that attracts nearly 20,000 visitors each time, will be held in full scale this year!

There will be more than 20 hands-on workshops for children to enjoy, including "Dress up like a firefighter", "Work experiences as a Wizard, Lawyer, or Mizuhiki Artist (presented by KANDU)", and "Kids running class", etc.

In addition, the "Matsudo Atsu-marche" will be held for three days on the 3rd (Wed., holiday), 4th (Thu., holiday), and 5th (Fri., holiday), featuring kitchen cars from the city and beyond.

Enjoy the whole day in a park with "Matsudo MORIHIRO Festa - The Kids Kingdom"!

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, May 5th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: The Forest and Park for the 21st Century
  • Fees: Admission free, food and workshops are charged separately

松戸市消防局による「消防士さんなりきり体験」、Kanduによる「職業体験 -魔法使い、弁護士、水引アーティスト」、シンコースポーツの「キッズかけっこ教室」など、子どもが楽しめる体験型ワークショップが20以上出店します。

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Read more in Japanese / 日本語で読む

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。MORIHIRO Festa Organizing Committee Website / モリヒロ 公式ホームページ

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Matsudo Atsu-marche Twitter / 集まるしぇツイッター

【Wednesday, May 3】50th Annual Children's Day Festival / 第50回 松戸市こどもまつり

In Japan, Kodomo no hi, or "Children's Day," is celebrated every year on May 5. On this national holiday, children are respected and honored for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them.
Every year during the 'Golden Week,' Matsudo is holding a fun-filled event where children can participate in hands-on-activities and enjoy live performances.
Free activities include a miniature adventure course, "yo-yo" water balloon fishing, a bounce house, a magic show, a karate demonstration, and much more!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: The Forest and Park for the 21st Century - South Field (Tsudoi-no-Hiroba)


外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Matsudo City Children's Association Liaison Council Website / 松戸市こども会育成会連絡協議会HP

外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む

【Saturday, April 29】Greenery and Flower Festival / 緑と花のフェスティバル

The "Greenery and Flower Festival" is a green festival held during "Green Month" to promote familiarity with nature, appreciation of the benefits of greenery, and the cultivation of a rich spirit, with the cooperation of citizens, greening-related organizations, and the government.
At the venue, there will be a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy, including sales of plants, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and gardening products, games such as Green Rally, exhibitions by greening-related organizations, food and beverage sales, Japanese Taiko drumming, music, and other performances.

Events Details

  • Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: The Forest and Park for the 21st Century - South Field (Tsudoi-no-Hiroba)

> Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む

【March 25 & 26】The 49th Annual Tokiwadaira Cherry Blossom Festival / 第49回 常盤平さくらまつり

The largest of Matsudo's many cherry blossom festivals, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually!

The Tokiwadaira 'Sakura-dori' (Sakura St.) extends 2.2km between Tokiwadaira and Goko Stations (Shin Keisei Line). 600 cherry blossom trees line both sides of the road, creating a beautiful pink cherry-blossom arch.
Sakura-dori will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival, and the street will be filled with food stalls and other vendors. Parades and charity performances are also scheduled throughout the weekend.
See you there!
※ Due to rain, there are changes to the parade and other events. Please see the official website.

  • Date: Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Between Shinkeisei Line Tokiwadaira Station and Goko Station



外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Tokiwadaira Cherry Blossom Festival organizing committee's website/ 実行委員会HP

【March 25 & 26】More Cherry Blossom Festivals all across the city! / 市内各地で開催される桜まつり

In addition to Tokiwadaira, Matsudo has many other places where you can enjoy cherry blossoms.
After a series of cancellations due to the COVID-19, this year, for the first time in four years, cherry blossom festivals will be held in various areas of the city.
Please see below for information on the cherry blossom festival in Mutsumi, Yahashira, and Kokubugawa River.

Why not go out with your family and friends during the cherry blossom season?


Mutsumi Cherry Blossom Festival / 六実(むつみ)さくらまつり

  • Date: Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Mutumi Sakura Dori st. (approx. 10 min. walk from Sinkeisei Line Mutsumi Station)

There will be Mutsumi Taiko drumming live, performances by Mutsumi Junior High School and Mutsumi High School brass bands, etc.
※ Due to rain, there are changes to the parade and other events.
※ There will be no stalls.

【Cancelled】 Yahashira Cherry Blossom Festival / 八柱(やはしら)さくらまつり

※ Both the 25th and 26th are cancelled due to rain.

  • Date: Saturday, March 25th, 2023
    (Rescheduled for Sunday, March 26th in case of rain)
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: From the South Exit traffic circle of Shinkeisei Line Yabashira Sta./JR Musashino Line Shinyahashira Sta. to Tokiwadaira Sakuradori

Various performances on a special stage, cultural ambassadors from Matsudo International Exchange Association, performances by local elementary, junior high and high school students, karate demonstrations, etc.


Kokubugawa River Cherry Blossom Festival / 国分川(こくぶがわ)さくらまつり

  • Date: Sunday, March 26th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Along Kokubugawa River, between Reimei Bridge and Shishimai Bridge (Kamishiki, Matsudo City)

There will be a performance by the Wanagaya Junior High School brass band, and many food stands!


【March 21】Japanese 'Wadaiko' drumming festival @ Mori Hiro Festa / モリヒロフェスタ「和太鼓の公演」

Japanese drumming is energetic and fun to watch. Don't miss your chance to see NINE drumming groups come together for a day of open-air performances and family fun.
At the Forest and the Park for 21st Century, where the event will take place, the Matsudo Marche will be held at the same time, with many kitchen cars and workshops for children.

  • Date: Tuesday (National Holiday), March 21st, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Forest and the Park for 21st Century, by the Sendabori-ike Pond
    (At the Hall of the Forest 21 in case of rain)
  • Fees, etc.: No entry charge or registration required


舞台となる21世紀の森と広場で同時開催する「まつど 集まるしぇ」では、たくさんのキッチンカーや子供むけワークショップも出店し、ご家族みんなで楽しめます。

Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む

【March 4 & 5】The 11th Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival / 第11回 河津桜まつり 3月4日・5日

After three years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival is back this year!

Kawazu-zakura trees are planted along the Sakagawa River, which runs next to Matsudo Jinja Shrine, and show their early blooms every year to tell of the arrival of spring.

At the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, rare Matsudo-brand green onions "Yakiri Negi" will be available for purchase and food stalls will be set up.

  • Date: Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm each day (There will be illuminations at night from Feb. 27 through Mar. 5!)
  • Location: Between Harusame-bashi liverside park '春雨橋親水広場(はるさめばし しんすいひろば)' and Koyama brick floodgate 'レンガ橋(れんが ばし)'
  • Fees, etc.: No entry charge or registration required


【Cancelled】'XP23'- a street culture experience event will be held / ストリートカルチャー体験イベント「XP23」

--- This event is cancelled due to bad weather ---
“XP23 - Experience Street Culture 2023” will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 in the Forest and the Park for the 21st Century.
“XP” is a free outdoor event designed to showcase the fun of street culture.
There will be performances by professional athletes and artists, hands-on activities for kids, and yummy food stalls for everyone! Come and join us!

Performances and workshops:
Bouldering / Skateboarding / BMX / Strider Bikes / Basketball / Graffiti Art
…and more!

  • Date: Saturday, March 25th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Cancelled in case of stormy weather, see XP Facebook )
  • Location: Forest and the Park for the 21st Century
  • Fees, etc.: Admission free, food and workshops are charged separately

> XP homepage / XP ホームページ
> Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む
> Inquiries / お問い合わせ
 Matsudo City, Vibrancy Creation Division (Nigiwai(にぎわい) Sozo(そうぞう) Ka())
 TEL: 710-366-7327, Email: mcnigiwai@city.matsudo.chiba.jp

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