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What Are Yattai? Discover Japanese Festival Food Stalls Serving Up Classic and Trendy Street Food! (+Latest Covid-19 Measures)

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Japanese Festivals (Matsuri)

Japanese festivals are held year-round, with the Gion Festival, Tenjin Matsuri, and Kanda Festival in Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo, respectively, being the three most notable. At Japanese festivals, you'll find yattai - small food stalls that serve up a variety of tasty street food! In fact, “yattai gourmet” is an essential part of festival culture. Venues are lined with vendors offering a vast array of snacks, from traditional Japanese festival foods like takoyaki and yakisoba to fun sweets like chocolate bananas. The combination of delicious street food and traditional celebrations creates a unique cultural experience that can only be found at a Japanese festival! We asked the Kansai Catering Association, which supplies yattai food stalls to various festivals and events, to share the history of Japanese festival stalls and describe recent COVID-related countermeasures. (Image: PIXTA)

Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island Anime Park) Guide: Enjoy the Worlds of Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan

Awaji Island, Maiko Theme Parks

Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park that immerses you in the worlds of your favorite Japanese anime and games, including Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan. Located on Hyogo Prefecture's Awaji Island in the middle of Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park, this theme park is an exciting place to visit for Japanese anime fans! There's so much to see and do, you couldn't possibly fit it all into a single day! Lucky for you, they also have plenty of delicious foods and accommodations, so you may even want to spend the night!

Cool Down in the Hot Summer! 10 Refreshing Places to Visit in Kyoto in Summer

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Shrines

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination both domestically and internationally. Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, summers are hot and humid, and on many days the temperature exceeds 30°C. However, Kyoto also has cool summer destinations, including mountains, the seaside, and rivers. In addition to beautiful natural scenery, there are plentiful experiences and activities to get a feel for the city’s summer atmosphere. Here are 10 cool spots in Kyoto where you can beat the heat, from famous sites like Shimogamo Shrine, Tadasu-no-Mori, Kibune, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to less frequented areas away from the city.

Kumano Sanzan: Visit the Land of Gods on a Journey to Wakayama Prefecture

Kumano Kodo, Shingu, Shirahama Shrines

Kumano Sanzan refers to the three grand shrines located on Mt. Sanzan in Wakayama Prefecture: Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. They are the head shrines of the Kumano Shrines of which there are about 4,700 throughout the country. Today, as in the past, people have been drawn to this sacred land of the gods.

Classic Japanese 'Dashimaki Tamago' Recipe: The Flavor Will Delight Your Tastebuds!

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Japanese cuisine

Even if you can’t easily visit Japan at the moment, you can still enjoy Japanese food at home, thanks to Mr. Toshihiro Minami, a cooking class instructor who shares his recipe for “Dashimaki Tamago.” In addition to learning which ingredients you’ll need, you’ll also learn to make bonito soup stock, which can be used to make a variety of Japanese foods. Even beginners can enjoy this easily prepared authentic Japanese dish!

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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