4 Fantastic Tokyo Summer Festivals
As much as you might see about summer fireworks, there are also a number of other fantastic festivals happening in different corners of Tokyo that are very much worth heading out for!
Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route
After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.
Undiscovered Japan: Fukushima & Miyagi
While Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures were both badly hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the region has now largely recovered, and is looking to see travelers flock in once again.
Celebrate Tanabata at Tokyo Tower
On July 7, head over to Tokyo Tower for a dazzling Milky Way Illumination. And be sure to come in a summer kimono to get a discount!
Dance in the Center of Shibuya
The first-ever Bon Odori dance festival is coming to Shibuya Crossing! The famous intersection will be closed to traffic to allow everyone to participate in this traditional summer dance festival on August 5.
University Entrance Exam Adds Ninja Section
If you don’t know your 'mizugumo' from your 'kunai,' then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.
The 4 Most Powerful Clans of Early Japan
Japan's Heian Period was dominated by four clans known collectively as Gem-pei-to-kitsu. These clans produced countless famous officials and warriors, and have even influenced Japan all the way to the present day.
Dress as a Fox Bride at This Studio in Kyoto
One photo studio in the historical Arashiyama neighborhood is offering a makeover/photo package you won’t find anywhere else.
The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic
The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.
Test Your Ninja Skills
For the first time ever, Koga City's ninja exam was held in Tokyo and test takers dressed in ninja cosplay to earn an extra 10 points on the exam.
4 Awesome Fireworks Festivals Outside Tokyo
Tokyo may be the heart of Japan, but to see amazing fireworks this summer, you'll need to venture out of the capital.
Legendary Katana Now On Display in Tokyo
The legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan's Five Swords Under Heaven, is now on display and is a hit with history buffs and video gamers alike.
Astonishingly Beautiful Hand-Cut Paper Art
One Japanese artist is showing off her mad cutting skills with these intricate works of art.
Bonsai Artist Explores the Depths of Tradition
The Japanese botanical artist Makoto Azuma finds inspiration in presenting the natural world in an unnatural way.
Takayama Autumn Festival
One of the three largest festivals in the country, the Takayama Autumn Festival is not to be missed!
Nishimonai Bon Odori
While Japan's Bon Odori dances may be symbolic of the summer, if you want to really learn the dance, you'd better start in winter!
Tap Dancing Their Way Into Our Hearts
From graceful Awa Odori dance movements to routines in kimono at a New York subway, his tap dancing duo are turning heads everywhere they go.
Furubira's Dazzling Demon Dance Fire Festival
These stunning photographs truly capture the beauty of Hokkaido's Tengu no Hiwatari Festival.
3 Hot Tokyo Fireworks Festivals
Summer is always an eventful time in Tokyo. During July and August, there are countless summer firework festivals to see!
This Beer Garden is Offering Summer Kimono
Not only do you get an incredible view, a three-course meal and all-you-can-drink alcoholic beverages, but you even get a 'yukata' for an unbeatable price!