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Top 5 Festivals in Tokyo to Visit in Spring

Spring in Japan is well-known for the full bloom of sakura (桜; cherry blossoms). If you are going to visit Tokyo for the cherry blossoms this spring, then you can’t miss some of these popular spring festivals. Festivals, or matsuri (祭り), in Japan are common events. Almost every shrine celebrates their own festival. In Tokyo,…

Experience the Beautiful Torii Gates Tunnel at Hie Shrine in Akasaka

If you have been wanting to see beautiful torii gates (鳥居) for a long time but have not had the chance to go to Kyoto yet, the Hie Shrine (日枝神社) is a good alternative. It is located strategically around Akasaka area, in central Tokyo, between Akasaka (business district) and Nagatacho (national government building residence). Hie…

The 3 Biggest Summer Festivals of Japan

Matsuri are conducted year round in Japan and are celebrated for many different reasons. Originally matsuri were religious celebrations to pray to the Gods for a good harvest or to ward of disasters such as earthquakes or fire. Today matsuri are still widely celebrated across the whole of Japan but are more than just religious…