Trade in Asia was subdued on the last day of the first quarter as sentiment improved after Wall Street posted a record close overnight and fears over Cyprus receded, but financial stocks in China extended losses.
Markets in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and most of Europe are closed for the Easter holidays and will resume trade next week.
For the quarter, the Nikkei is Asia's best performer, up 19 percent with Australia in second place with a gain of 7 percent.
(Read More: First Quarter Scorecard: How Did Asia Markets Fare?)
Investors are awaiting China's official purchasing managers index (PMI) for the month of March, due Monday. A Reuters poll of 13 respondents showed that factory activity will likely hit an eleven-month high of 52 after February's five-month low of 50.1. Any increase from February's reading will bolster the case that China's economic recovery is gathering pace.