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Matsuri Festivals

Japan is known for its festivals. Whether they are religious based festivals such as the Buddhist Obon festival, or festivals celebrated all over the world like New Years, Japanese people love to celebrate all sorts of occasions. It should come as no surprise that there are festivals that still last to this day from the Edo period, when Tokyo was known as Edo. Tori no Ichi is a set of festivals in November, taking place every twelve...

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Kagurazaka, a quiet neighbourhood next to Iidabashi. With a long, shop-filled street and a few shrines along the way, it is a lovely place for an afternoon stroll. One notable attraction near Kagurazaka Station is Akagi Shrine, which is a modern take of the more traditional ones seen throughout Japan. Kagurazaka area is known also for its cuisine, as its many ryotei provide kaiseki meals, the multiple course dinners highly regarded by...

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Ikegami, located near the Tama River in western Tokyo, is recognized by city dwellers as a traditional area and mostly unknown to international visitors. While the immediate vicinity of the station has nothing to boast about, it is the temple area that sets Ikegami apart.   Ikegami Honmonji O-Eshiki Every year on October 13th, a memorial service takes place to commemorate the death of High Priest Nichiren, who founded the...

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Shibuya, the hub of Tokyo known for young people, unique experiences, eateries, and shopping, is frequently the home of many events and limited time attractions. Hosted alongside Shibuya Fashion Week events, Shibuya Music Festival is another such attraction of the area. The two-day event hosted musicians and performers from all over and all musical persuasions. Held on the weekend of October 18-19, Shibuya Music Festival livened up...

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      Established in 1920, the Shinto shrine, Meiji Jingu, has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With its long pebble paths and majestic size, the shrine draws visitors daily throughout the year. It is a great place to spot traditional weddings as well. Meiji Shrine also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. One event, held on October 5 was Ningyo-Kanshasai. This festival to thank dolls was held in the Honden...

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A Survival Guide to Summer in Japan

A Survival Guide to Summer in Japan


Posted By on Aug 31, 2014

Summer in Japan is a wonderful season filled with exciting events and plenty to do. It can, however, be difficult to manage for many, due to a prolonged rainy season and the humidity that follows until autumn brings a fresh relief. In spite of the heat, summer is one of the best times to see what the country has to offer. In order to make the best of summer, it’s helpful to follow the locals. Armed with parasols and hydrated with...

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