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Discover The Best Spot and Festivals in Japan

Updated on March 31, 2009

The Best Spot in Japan

I have many reasons to state that Japan is a fabulous country. Beside their unbelievable rapid growing industries, like the telecommunication industry, machinery, computer, architecture, automobiles, robotic, and many more. Japan also has many best places to visit and not mention the best festivals yet.
Start from Tokyo, the capital city of Japan and one of the great city in the world. Tokyo has numerous interesting spots and attractions like :

Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Imperial Palace in Tokyo
  • Asakusa if you love to experience the historical Tokyo, when the city was named Edo. The Sensoji Temple is the main attraction, but the street vendors in the area always has food for sale and amazing crafts. If you love tempura there are many fine restaurants along the street.
  • The Imperial Palace is the most equisite spot in the central Tokyo that has very fabulous garden.

Ginza, Tokyo
Ginza, Tokyo
  • Ginza is a fun visit anytime especially at night. For food and shopping lovers Ginza is the best spot.
  • Shinjuku, is a business and shopping area. The best time to visit is at daytime, someone told me that in the evening this area could be a little bit "rough". Whatever that means.
  • Shibuya a newer shopping and entertainment area in the western side of Tokyo.
  • Akihabara is a must visit spot for gadgets and computer freak :)
  • Roppongi is the best place for a nightlife lovers.

Nikko Yomeimon in Tochigi prefecture
Nikko Yomeimon in Tochigi prefecture

Next from Tokyo, there is Nikko a city that has a heritage site protected by UNESCO. The area is closely assosiated with Tokugawa Shogun. The surrounding area of National Park is amazing.

Kamakura Japan Guesthouse
Kamakura Japan Guesthouse

Kamakura is a city that not far from Tokyo too that has many great collections of shrines, temples and monuments.

Osaka is another Japan big city that combined its history and modern economy in a harmony.

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji

Fuji Mountain in Hakone Izu National Park is a must visit location. If you have time to visit Japan, you definitely have to visit Fujiyama. It's the most famous and sacred mountain in Japan.

The Best Festivals in Japan

Speaking about Japan, you could not forget the festivals (Matsuri). Many many festivals have been held in Japan. The Japanese people appreciate their culture and tradition very much. There are about 5 (five) most important festivals in Japan.

  • Sapporo Snow Festival in early February, large snow and ice sculptures are built in Odori Park during the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (Sapporo Snow Festival)
  • Takayama Matsuri, is a large fastival that held in spring and autumn about April 14-15 and October 9-10. In that festival a huge and elaborately decorated floats are pulled through the old town of Takayama.
  • Sanja Matsuri, is one of the big three festival in Japan. The festival is held in Asakusa shrine. The Mikoshi are carried through the street of Asakusa.

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Sapporo Snow FestivalTakayama MatsuriSanja MatsuriAwa Odori FestivalChichibu Yomatsuri
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Takayama Matsuri
Takayama Matsuri
Sanja Matsuri
Sanja Matsuri
Awa Odori Festival
Awa Odori Festival
Chichibu Yomatsuri
Chichibu Yomatsuri

  • Awa Odori, that held in Tokushima City (Tokushima Perfecture) is the most famous festival in August 12-15. It's the dancing festival that held across Japan during the Obon season in mid August. Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. It is believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives.

  • The Chichibu Yomatsuri festival in Chichibu prefecture is one of Japan's three best festivals that featuring large festivals floats (yatai). The festival's takes place in the evening of December 3 every year.


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      Hamza abdallah 

      8 years ago

      I love Japan it is wonderful countrie

      "I want to visit japan"

    • febriedethan profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Indonesia

      lilian_sg, thank you for visiting :)

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      8 years ago from Singapore

      thanks for the hub!

    • febriedethan profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi emohealer, thank's for your sweet compliment :) I feel really honored if this hub could help your niece's assignment, have a nice week and send my regard to your niece and her friends...:)

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Just found your hub...My niece has an assignment to share events and information about Japan and I am sending her a link to share your hub with her class this week. This is really superb! Thanks!!!

    • febriedethan profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Wanderlust, glad if this could help u :) If you'd like to find out the real Japan, try to visit Mr Nice's hubs, he definitely know about the country very much, his photo collections are awesome..Have a nice day ..

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      9 years ago from New York City

      Thank you very much for answering my request. I've never been to Japan and I am really eager to know more about the country and places. Your hub is definitely a help!

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      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank's tony0724 and einron for visiting my hub. I love to go to Japan too, someday. Wish me luck :)

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      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      I have visited Japan many, many years ago on a ship cruise and we stopped in about 10 towns. It was spring time and there were lots of sakura. Very beautiful. I have studied Japanese for about 3 years and love their songs. i was told that if I saw Fuji Yama, I would have a chance to see it again. The chance never came.

      I had relatives who do business in Jakarta and I am sorry I did not have a chance to visit Bali. Have a nice day.

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      I wanna go to Japan ! I like eastern culture and the US Is fallin apart anyway ! Nice pictures too there .

    • febriedethan profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank's for stopping by :) Well yes, Japanese people always show deep respect each other, especially for elders and leaders. They're also very discipline and hard worker.

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      Dame Scribe 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Japan looks very beautiful and thank you for sharing. My father went to Tokyo for a business trip and brought me back a little Saki set for my birthday. I loved how he said there is shows of deep respect paid between the people. :) I will have to visit there myself n now I know where to look around.

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      Mr Nice 

      9 years ago from North America

      Hi febriedethan! I just know few sentences of Indonesian language because one of Indonesian friend taught me. I already visited the hub. Have a nice day.

    • febriedethan profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Kabar baik Mr. Nice, wow..I'm surprise you can speak my language :) I love Nasi goreng too, especially when you mix it with bacon and veggie. Well I have a hub about Indonesia, maybe you'd like to read it. Have you been to Indonesia ? Have a great day.

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      Mr Nice 

      9 years ago from North America

      Appa kabar febriedethan!

      Very interesting hub, I love Japan. Please my hub about my visit to Tokyo. I am sure you will love it. I love Nasi goreng, may be you should publish a hub about Indonesia too. Have a nice day


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