30/06/2015 Festivals&Events

Large summer festivals recommended for early July.

Thu, 13th July to Sat, 15th July, 2017: “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture. “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” is a summer festival that’s been held for over 300 years at the Suga Shrine in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture. During the old days, when there was an epidemic and people built Mikoshi, transferred a sacred enshrined object to it, and paraded it through the street. This is the origin of this festival. During this festival, two 3-meter tall,“Hikiyamakasa” are paraded around the town. “Oiyama” is the main focus during the parade. ●Amagi Gion Yamakasa Place: Suga Shrine Address: 873-5 Asakura city Amagi Access:15 min walk from Amagi Railway “Amagi” station. […]

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02/05/2017 Festivals&Events  Travel Destinations

Be the first to know! Japan Fireworks Festival 2017 Schedule!! Japan’s Top 6 Fireworks Festival・Don’t miss it!

Which fireworks festival are you planning on going this year?
This time, I’d like to recommend Japan’s top 6 fireworks festivals. Follow us for the latest information!

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12/05/2017 Festivals&Events  Travel Destinations

New! 2017 Tokyo’s Top Fireworks Festivals!!

Have you made your summer plans yet? It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you want to attend a fireworks festival!
In this article, I will recommend the hottest festivals in Tokyo for 2017 along with their schedules.

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03/07/2015 Destinations  Travel Destinations

Why is the “Nachi-no- Ōgi matsuri” held?(MOVIE)

A Shinto ritual held at the Nachi Falls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha to welcome the Kumano gods home. In the region of Kumano, the religious sites of Nachi Falls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha have been registered as World Heritage Sites. Every year on July 14th, the “Nachi Fire Festival” is held at these two sacred places. In reality, this festival is held to help the 12 gods enshrined at the Kumano Nachi Taisha return to the Nachi Falls once a year. It long used to be known as “Nachi-no-hi matsuri” or Nachi’s Fire Festival as a Shinto ritual to welcome God with 12 giant pine torches and purify […]

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01/12/2014 Destinations  Travel Destinations

”Nata-tera Temple,” an ideal paradise for the ancient Japanese


A fusion of ancient animism and Buddhism. Nata-tera Temple is one that values harmony with nature. You can get to Nata-tera Temple in 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, or 25 minutes by taking a bus called “CANBUS.” In 2017 the temple will celebrate its 1300 year anniversary and has a very long history. Mt. Haku rises beside Nata-tera Temple. Originally it has long been worshiped as a sacred mountain where a graceful goddess lives because of its beautiful shape. A monk called Taichō is said to be the first to have climbed Mt.Haku. He realized that the God of Mt. Haku was the same […]

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22/06/2015 Destinations  Travel Destinations

It’s the most festive day in Asakusa and Ueno, ”Shitamachi Tanabata Festival”


Tanabata is the custom of writing your wish on Tanzaku. We have the custom named Tanabata on July 7th. In this day, we write our wishes on a strip of paper called Tanzaku, and tie it to bamboo grasses for making a wish. We also have Tanabata Festival in various area of Japan. The most festive event has come to Asakusa and Ueno! We are picking up one of the famous Festival named Shitamachi Tanabata Festival, it’s held on Asakusa Kappa-bashi Main Street every year. In this Festival, a lot of decorations for Tanabata are lined up along the street between the intersection of Asakusa and West side of Ueno […]

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03/08/2015 Travel Destinations

A former Miko will guide you through the most popular destination among foreign visitors, “Fushimi Inari-taisha” !

Senbon-torii gate

It is said that there are about 30,000 Inari-jinja Shrines throughout Japan. Inari-taisha is commonly known as a God that enshrines rice, or is a shrine to pray for a large harvest of rice, for people of all ages. Fushimi Inari-taisha is the leading shrine of all Inari-jinja Shrines in Japan.

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23/04/2016 Travel Destinations

Let’s stroll around town in a Kimono! Ningyo Town and its traditional Japanese culture.


The Tadaima Japan Editorial Team visited Ningyo-cho with K, who was visiting Japan for the very first time. From a healthy tofu lunch, a relaxing park to enjoy the cherry blossoms, to eating foods at Amazake Yokocho Street, I’ll show you a recommended route for Ningyo-cho.

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22/06/2016 Seasonal  Travel Destinations

Let’s admire the hydrangea during the rainy season in Japan!


What kind of colors and shapes are hydrangeas in your country? Did you know that the original species of hydrangea is actually in Japan? The Japanese hydrangea often has a blue color and are very beautiful during the rainy season! When you carefully look at the hydrangea, the color is different in each stock even though it’s the same type of hydrangea. Today, I’d like to show you the reason why!

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26/03/2016 Destinations  Travel Destinations

Let’s relax at Shiraito Falls in Shizuoka Prefecture after visiting Mt. Fuji!

Shiraito Falls

There are several waterfalls called Shiraito in Japan, and the most famous is in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is relatively large compared to others in Japan and its appeal is more feminine than masculine. It feels much colder than the actual temperature, so don’t forget to bring warm clothes. There are two major ways to get there from Tokyo.

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17/10/2014 Foods & Drinks

“Kawara Soba,” the regional cuisine you definitely want to try when you visit Yamaguchi Prefecture

A clue about the unique cooking method is that it stems from battle Let me introduce a unique regional cuisine that utilizes kawara tile, a material used traditionally for roofs in Japan. In the City of Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there is a local cuisine called “kawara soba” that consists of “cha-soba”, or noodles with tea kneaded into the dough and various toppings that are served on a heated kawara tile. Where did the idea of serving food on a kawara tile come from? In 1887 Japan experienced what would become its final civil war. There are stories from that time talking about the intervals between long field battles in […]

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