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Matsuri Festivals

One Day in: Kyoto

One Day in: Kyoto


Posted By on Aug 19, 2015

24 hours on the clock. Destination: Kyoto. This mission is actually impossible, but we’ve provided a guide to make the most of your 24 hours in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With so many temples, shrines, galleries and attractions to see, 24 hours will leave you barely satisfied, hungry for more. Much, much more. Starting from Kyoto Station, head to Kiyomizu Temple area by bus. Buses are clearly marked and most...

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This was a most memorable trip… We had the best seats in the house to view Japan’s premier fireworks festival. Nagaoka, Honolulu’s sister city, assisted us in getting the best seats to view “The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival”. There are no words to describe this fabulous festival with 20,000 fireworks munitions. Over 520,000 people came to see this festival from all over Japan including us from Hawaii! We...

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Cherry blossoms (sakura) always tend to overshadow plum blossoms (ume), yet many people confuse the two as they’re both equally beautiful. Plum blossoms only have one blossom per bud and cherry blossoms have a little indent at the end of each petal—I know those characteristics don’t help that much in telling them apart, but those are the main differences! Plum blossoms tend to begin to bloom in late February unlike cherry blossoms,...

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Feb 4/5:   We left Honolulu for Nagoya and transfer to Hokkaido by Japan Airlines. It was a very long flight transiting in Nagoya but both flights were smooth and comfortable. Some of us tried Nagoya’s specialty food, Misokatsu (pork cutlet) while we were waiting for the flight to Chitose, Hokkaido. The first night hotel was the Air Terminal Hotel which was located within the terminal, so it was very convenient. After checking...

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With Japan’s long shape, it covers a wide range of climates – from the subtropical Okinawan sun to the cold Hokkaido snow. To celebrate these white winters, a number of prefectures host a Yuki Matsuri, or snow festival. Taking place in February, the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri is perhaps the most well-known and one of the largest winter events in all of Japan. Over two million travelers visit this 7-day long event every year in order to...

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Known as the first shrine to celebrate Tori no Ichi, Asakusa’s Otori Shrine celebrated the festival in November. The shrine, dedicated to one of the Seven Lucky Gods, Jurojin, is located on a busy street north of Asakusa’s main district.   Immediately upon leaving Iriya Station, crowds could be seen walking toward Asakusa area. After a short walk, it was apparent that waiting on the seemingly endless line that had...

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