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Gion Matsuri Guide (July 2020): Access and Tips on Enjoying One of Japan’s Three Great Festivals

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Japanese Festivals (Matsuri)

Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is a festival filled with traditional flair that’s sure to please any visitor to Japan. Starting on July 1 every year, the festival runs for a full month. The rhythmic sound of the Kane bells being played by the Hayashi performers are one of the many memorable scenes that you can experience at Gion Matsuri. Starting with the highlights, like the Yamaboko-junkō parade during the “Saki-matsuri” on July 17, and the “Ato-matsuri” on July 24, crowds of people visit the various pre-festivals, called “Yoi-yama”, all throughout the month, enveloping Kyoto in a red-hot festival atmosphere! *Due to the novel Coronavirus, the scale of the festival in 2020 has been scaled back considerably. The Yamaboko-junkō, Hikihajime, and Kakuhajime parades will not be taking place. The building of the Yamaboko floats and holding of the festival will be decided at the beginning of June. All rituals and rites to be performed will be attended only by concerned parties.

Japan's Solaniwa Onsen Theme Park Brings the Old Ways of Relaxation & Entertainment into the Modern World

USJ, Nanko Port Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

Relaxing in a hot spring is one of the best things about traveling in Japan. Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower is an excellent place to experience a wide variety of hot springs and enjoy various shows. Only about 8 minutes from JR Osaka Station, it’s conveniently located for Osaka sightseers and even offers a free shuttle service to nearby Universal Studios Japan. So put on a yukata and feel your fatigue slip away!

[MOVIE] DRUM TAO’S MANGEKYO – a Kaleidoscope of Taiko Drums

Shinagawa Shows

Japan’s traditional drums, taiko, conquered video games, modern pop music, and stages all over the world alike. Ranging from small to so big that they tower over whoever plays them, taiko drums have held an important place in Japanese culture ever since the 6th century. One group, however, has taken the traditional art of taiko drumming and adapted it to the global style of the 21st century in the most fascinating fashion imaginable. Meet DRUM TAO and their Martial Art of Drumming!

From Tokyo to Niigata: Heading to Sake Country via Joetsu Shinkansen

Niigata And Sado Other Sightseeing

Looking to experience a different side of Japan? Head from Tokyo to Niigata, Japan's gorgeous region filled with everything from sake breweries to breathtaking scenery! It takes about two hours to get from Tokyo Station to Niigata via the JR Joetsu Shinkansen. Niigata City has prospered as one of Japan’s leading port cities since the Edo Period, and you can enjoy many activities here such as historical walks and delicious gourmet meals. It is a great spot to use as a tourist base, as there are plenty of hotels in the city, and it is surrounded by attractions such as Sado Island and Yahiko Shrine.

Japan Awesome Bar Guide: Inside 9 of Tokyo's Best Bars!

Shibuya Bars & Pubs

When visiting Tokyo, Japan, you may have limited time to check out all the sites and scenes, but why not visit some of the best Tokyo bars! There's a bar for every taste, scene, and mood to choose from, so sit back and let's get the party started!

Get the Ultimate Japan Experience - Top 50 Absolutely Must-Do Things in Tokyo!

Ueno Other Sightseeing

Tokyo - a vibrant city where the past meets present in an eclectic mix of traditional history and modern trends. Renowned as the birthplace of various cultures, the city also is known to the world for its famous sightseeing spots, delicious gourmet food, and accessibility to an abundance of interesting experiences, from the olden to the modern! With so many things to do and so little time, it's no wonder first-time visitors to Japan often find it hard to plan their itineraries. We understand that you want to make the most of your trip to Tokyo, which is why we've put together a list of the top 50 must-do things in Tokyo that will ensure you get the complete "Tokyo" experience. We're confident everyone can find something that tickles their fancy and allows them to have the trip of their life! Not all of these are locations - many are just amazing experiences that everyone needs to try at least once on their Japan travels!

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