The Daimonji Fire Festival, also known as the Gozan no Okuribi, takes place yearly on the night of the 16th August. It’s the highlight of the three day long Obon festival and is celebrated by lighting 5 large fires in the shape of kanji characters on different..
The Naha Matsuri is the largest and oldest festival in Okinawa. Not only that but it’s also the largest tug-of-war event in the world. It started in the Ryukyu Kingdom almost 600 years ago as a thanksgiving ceremony for plentiful rain and the..
Each year in August, close to 1,000,000 people gather in various venues to watch a spectacular display of 12,000 perfectly co-ordinated fireworks going off against the Tokyo night sky. The event is known as the Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival and first..
Kyudo is the ancient Japanese art of archery and for the last 400 years practitioners of this martial art have been demonstrating their skills at the Sanjusangen-do temple in Kyoto. The word toshiya translates to ‘passing arrow’ and the festival has its origins..
Okinawa has a reputation for attracting a lot of tourists – but did you know that humpback whales are drawn to these islands too? Every year from January to March hundreds of humpback whales gather off the Zamami Island coast to..
The Gion Matsuri, which takes place for the entire month of July, is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. The event draws many thousands of spectators from all over who come to watch the daily religious parades held throughout the streets of this small..
Nagasaki has many attractions which include a handful of beautiful cities, small towns, islands and a whole lot of historical attractions – not to mention that scary active volcano! But its beaches, many of which are comparable to those found in..
Tokyo’s food culture is legendary and even surpasses Paris. But it’s hard to know where to begin with a city of such enormous magnitude. Which is why we composed this list of recommended Tokyo food tours so that you can easily enjoy the best culinary..
Kyoto is just as famous for its food as it is for geisha’s, temples and shrines. And what better way is there to experience the ancient capital by partaking in a locally held cooking lesson? Below we have listed 5 of the best cooking classes in Kyoto for you to enjoy.
The art of making sushi takes years to master. The basics doesn’t require such a demanding level of commitment because there are a number of one day sushi making classes held in Tokyo. They will teach you the basics so that you can impress family..