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How Do I Get There?

The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival stretches for six blocks through downtown DC on Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th to 14th Streets NW (from FBI headquarters to near the White House grounds). For an aerial view of the Festival’s location, click here.

The best way to get to Sakura Matsuri (and the Parade) is to take the Metro. The Federal Triangle station exits next to two Festival entrances, and the Metro Center, Archives-Navy Memorial, and Smithsonian stations are a short walk away.


The Festival is fenced, and there are five pedestrian entrances:
On the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue, at:

  • 13th and E Streets NW
  • 10th and E Streets NW

On the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, at:

  • 13th St and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Federal Triangle Metro exit)
  • 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
  • 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

How to Speed Everything Up

Both the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri are on April 13, so Metro ridership will be one of the highest in the year. Metro ticket lines can be long, so try to buy your Metro tickets ahead of time. If you buy your ticket in the morning, you should buy a round-trip ticket to avoid a second wait at the ticket machines.

There is a nominal admissions charge of $5 for the Sakura Matsuri. Children 12 and under are free. Ticket sales on the day of the festival are cash only. There will be special entrance gates for pre-paid ticket holders, so we encourage you to get your Sakura Matsuri tickets on-line before you come.

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