10 Not-To-Be-Missed Festivals To Attend In Japan

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Japan by experiencing their vibrant matsuris (festivals)

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1. Gion Matsuri

Taking place throughout July, Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s biggest annual matsuri. As the festival of Yasaka Shrine, the month-long event is centered on a collection of 32 magnificent parade floats known collectively as “yamaboko” (strong man of Yamato), each one requiring more than a dozen people to pull. Visitors can dress in traditional yukata (light cotton kimono) and enjoy festival snacks.

Shijo Karasumae Area, Kyoto, Japan

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