Okinawa Castles

Okinawa Castles
Okinawa, formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, existed as a separate and independent nation-state from Japan. The Kagoshima Domain from the Japanese mainland invaded these islands in 1609 and shortly..
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Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri
Home > Travel > Tokyo Travel Guide > Festivals > Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri Tokyo is undoubtedly famous for many things – but not many realize that it’s also a great destination for flower viewing. The Bunko Tsutsuji Matsuri is but one of many such flower viewing events held throughout the year. Keep reading to find out when, where, and how to attend. […]
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The Tedako Festival

The Tedako Festival
Home > Travel > Okinawa Travel Guide > Festivals > Tedako Festival The Tedako Festival The Urasoe Tedako Matsuri is an Okinawan festival that takes place over two days each year in Urasoe City in October. The celebrations are held to honor the three royal king descendants – one of them being King Tedako (also known as the son of the sun), who ruled over […]
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Martyrdom of the 26 saints

Martyrdom of the 26 saints
No other Japanese prefecture has received as much Western influence as Nagasaki since it was the only area of Japan that allowed foreigners to dock and trade during the isolationist period. On the other hand, not all types of Western influences were tolerated, as you will see at the Martyrdom of the 26 Saints Museum.
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Onsen Tours

Onsen Tours
Having someone guide you through an onsen experience is of tremendous help which is why we have compiled this list of onsen tours for you to choose from.
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Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Races
Haarii, or dragon boat races are an ancient Okinawan seafaring custom celebrated as a festival to thank the ocean for the blessings it provides. For these races sabani’s, which are elongated boats used by Okinawan fishermen for centuries, are used..
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Koenji Awa Odori Dance Festival

Koenji Awa Odori Dance Festival
The Koenji Awa Odori is the Tokyo version of an enormous dance festival which originated in Tokushima City approximately 400 years ago. It takes place in various cities across Japan as part of the O-bon festival but the Koenji Awa Odori, as the name..
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Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa

Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Okinawa between late January and early February you will be among the first people in Japan to experience the yearly cherry blossoms. Actually, Spring is a period when the archipelago becomes famous..
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The Aoi Matsuri Festival

The Aoi Matsuri Festival
The word Aoi Matsuri translates to ‘Hollyhock Festival’ and is sometimes referred to as the Kamo Festival. The event, which is over a thousand years old takes place yearly on the 15th March and is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. It involves a procession..
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The Asakusa Samba Carnival

The Asakusa Samba Carnival
If you thought the Samba Carnival only takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then think again. It originated in Brazil and many people do not know this but it’s also celebrated in other countries around the world. The Asakusa Samba Carrnival held each August in..
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