Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan

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Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head to Japan in spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms and other flowers, how about checking out a traditional festival and experiencing the rich history and local culture? Let's check out six spring festivals around Japan.

 

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival | Aomori Prefecture

Beautiful cherry blossom trees at Hirosaki ParkBeautiful cherry blossom trees at Hirosaki Park. | Photo by photoAC

If there’s one spring flower festival you shouldn’t miss, it’s the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival (弘前さくらまつり). Hirosaki Park is considered one of the Top Three Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan (日本三大桜の名所)―along with Takato Castle Ruins Park in Nagano Prefecture and Mount Yoshino in Nara―and its scenery is truly incomparable. The park has around 2,600 cherry blossom trees, which have applied apple cultivation techniques to create denser flowers.

 

Cherry blossom carpet at Hirosaki Castle’s outer moatCherry blossom carpet at Hirosaki Castle’s outer moat. | Photo by photoAC

A special sight here is that of the cherry blossom carpet (花筏 hana ikada), which happens slightly after the full bloom period. Cherry blossom petals fall off and accumulate on the still waters of the outer moat to form a pink carpet.

 

Hirosaki Park’s Western Moat during the daytime and night timeHirosaki Park’s Western Moat during the daytime and night time. | Photo by Carissa Loh

Another enchanting sights is the night time cherry blossoms (夜桜 yozakura) around the Western Moat (西濠). Both sides of the moat are lined with cherry blossom trees that form tunnels which you can leisurely stroll under. At night, the reflection of the illuminated cherry blossom trees in the moat is nothing short of magical.

 

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival (弘前さくらまつり)
Festival Period: 19 April–5 May 2024
Access: Hirosaki Castle Park is a 5-minute walk from Shiyakushomae Bus Stop, which can be reached via the Dotemachi Loop Bus from JR Hirosaki Station (弘前駅).

 

Sendai Aoba Festival | Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai Aoba FestivalSendai Aoba Festival. | Photo by宮城県観光プロモーション推進室

Over in Miyagi Prefecture, the Sendai Aoba Festival (仙台青葉まつり) is Sendai’s second largest festival after the Sendai Tanabata Festival, and is held on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of May each year. Sendai is known as the “City of Trees” (杜の都 Mori-no-miyako), and has hundreds of beautiful zelkova trees (欅 keyaki) that sprout beautiful green leaves in May.

 

Suzume Odori danceSuzume Odori dance. | Photo by宮城県観光プロモーション推進室

The eve of the festival (宵まつり Yoi Matsuri) on Saturday features exciting activities and the Suzume Odori (すずめ踊り) dance. Suzume Odori is a folk performing art representative of Sendai, and its name comes from the dance moves resembling sparrows (suzume) fluttering. During Yoi Matsuri, around 5,000 performers holding folding fans dance and jump to the music, dancing to the beats of cymbals, drums, and flutes. 

Yamaboko float processionYamaboko float procession. | Photo by宮城県観光プロモーション推進室

The main festival (本まつり Hon Matsuri) is held on Sunday, when yamahoko (山鉾) floats are paraded along Jozenjidori Avenue. These floats can be up to 6m high and weigh up to 6 tons, and are manually pulled by members of the community. Joining the floats are people dressed as samurai warriors, donning armour and marching down the streets, making for a thrilling atmosphere!

 

Sendai Aoba Festival (仙台青葉まつり)
Festival period: 18–19 May 2024
Access: Festivities take place along various locations around Sendai’s city centre. The Suzume Odori dance site is a short walk from Kotodaikoen Station (勾當台公園) on the Sendai Subway Namboku Line, while the Yamaboko display is a short walk from Aoba-dori Ichibancho Station (青葉通一番町) on the Sendai Subway Tozai Line.

 

Sanja Festival | Tokyo

Tokyo's Sanja Festival welcomes up to 2 million visitors each year.The Sanja Festival welcomes up to 2 million visitors each year. | Photo by photoAC

The Sanja Festival (三社祭) is one of Tokyo’s Three Great Festivals (江戸三大祭), along with the Kanda Festival and Sanno Festival. Held over the third weekend of May, close to 2 million visitors come to watch the energetic festivities, which feature around a hundred portable shrines (神輿 mikoshi) being paraded around the streets to bring good luck. 

 

A Mikoshi being paraded at the Sanja FestivalMikoshi being paraded. | Photo by photoAC

The Sanja Festival celebrates the three founders of Sensoji Temple (浅草寺), Tokyo’s oldest temple. These founders are enshrined in the neighbouring Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社). On Friday and Saturday, smaller neighborhood mikoshi are carried through the streets, while Sunday's main festival features Asakusa Shrine's three large, elaborate mikoshi parading through the districts of Asakusa from 6am to 8pm.

 

Large crowds in the evening at Sensoji and Asakusa ShrineEvening crowds at Asakusa Shrine. | Photo by photoAC

The last day of the festival can get especially chaotic, as the mikoshi bearers jostle and bounce the mikoshi vigorously, an act that is believed to generate more good luck. 

 

Sanja Festival (三社祭)
Festival period: 17–19 May 2024
Access: Sensoji Temple is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station (浅草駅).

 

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Spring Takayama Festival | Gifu Prefecture

Spring Takayama Festival in GifuSpring Takayama Festival. | Photo by 飛騨高山観光コンベンション協会

One of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Festivals (日本三大美祭), the Spring Takayama Festival (春の高山祭)―also known as the Sanno Festival (山王祭)―is held annually from 14 to 15 April, and celebrates the arrival of spring. Originating in the 18th century, the Takayama Festival is made up of two parts: the Spring Takayama Festival held by Hie Shrine in April, and the Autumn Takayama Festival held by Hachiman Shrine in October.

 

Lanterns are hung on the floats during the night festival in Takayama, GifuLanterns are hung on the floats during the night festival. | Photo by 飛騨高山観光コンベンション協会

The Takayama Festival is known for its float displays (高山の屋台行事), which has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The 12 floats (屋台 yatai) are displayed throughout the two-day festival along Yasukawa Street near Takayama’s old town district. Aside from the procession and marionette parades, one of the festival’s highlights is the night time festival (夜祭 yomatsuri) on 14 April where 100 lanterns are hung and lit up on each float, and paraded through the city.

 

Spring Takayama Festival (春の高山祭)
Festival period: 14–15 April 2024
Access: The floats are displayed across different locations in Takayama.



Kyoto Aoi Matsuri | Kyoto

Aoi Matsuri in KyotoAoi Matsuri Festival is one of Kyoto’s most important festivals. | Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Held on 15 May each year at Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine, the Aoi Matsuri Festival (葵祭) is one of Kyoto’s top three most important festivals. The festival originated as the Kamo Festival―named after the shrines where it took place―and people performed rites to appease the gods and pray for bountiful harvests in the coming year. 

During the Heian Period (794–1185), when Kyoto was the capital of Japan, the festival incorporated more formal rites and rituals. Most of these rite and rituals have been faithfully continued and observed to the festival today. Now, the festival is known as the Aoi Matsuri due to the aoi (葵 hollyhock) pinned to the attire and carts of the participants.

 

The Aoi Matsuri processionAoi Matsuri’s procession. | Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Aoi Matsuri is known for its long procession that starts at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, passing by Shimogamo Shrine, and ending at Kamigamo Shrine. The procession features men and women dressed in Heian Period attire walking an 8km path. Watching the procession with its detailed outfit and props, you’ll feel like you’ve slipped back in time into the Heian Period!

 

Aoi Matsuri Festival (葵祭)
Festival period: 15 May 2024
Access: The procession can be watched from various points along the route, accessible from Marutamachi Station (丸太町駅), Demachiyanagi Station (出町柳駅), and Kitaoji Station (北大路駅).



Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival | Oita Prefecture

Beppu in a hot spring town in KyushuBeppu is abundant in hot spring water. | Photo by photoAC

Beppu City in Oita Prefecture is well-known for its hot springs (温泉 onsen), and produces the largest volume of hot spring water in Japan. Thus it’s no surprise that the city has a festival celebrating its hot springs: the Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival (別府八湯温泉まつり)!

Beppu has eight different hot spring areas (八湯 hatto), each with different characteristics and therapeutic qualities, making for a varied hot spring experience. A uniquely Beppu festival, the Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival expresses gratitude for the abundance and variety of hot spring water in Beppu, and is held each year starting from 1 April―which is Onsen Appreciation Day (温泉感謝の日) in Beppu―and ending on the following Sunday, creating a week-long bonanza during which many of the city’s hot springs offer free admission. 

 

Mount Ogi on fireMount Ogi on fire. | Photo by ツーリズムおおいた

Other events are also held throughout the week as part of the Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival, such as the Ogi Fire Festival (扇山火祭り), where Mount Ogi is set ablaze, creating a striking sight when viewed from Beppu. The festival signals the arrival of spring, and gives offerings to the gods of the hot springs, who are believed to reside on Mount Ogi.

 

Yubukkake Festival in 2023 | Video by別府八湯温泉まつり実行委員会 on YouTube

The largest event of the Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival is the Yubukkake Festival (湯・ぶっかけまつり), which takes place on the last day. Portable shrines are paraded along the street in front of Beppu Station, with participants sitting atop them splashing hot spring water all round, creating a lively and energetic atmosphere. If you love hot springs, don’t miss this festival!

 

Beppu Hatto Onsen Festival (別府八湯温泉まつり)
Festival period: 1–7 April 2024 (Ogiyama Fire Festival: 2 April, Yubukkake Festival: 7 April) 

 

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Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers from Akita by Kanaeya
Sue Lynn

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as an example, a prefecture where lush landscapes meet premium rice fields. Renowned for its exceptional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as...

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from Takachiho (Winner of JR East Omiyage Grand Prix 2023 - Koshin’etsu Area Prize)
Sue Lynn

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the perfect souvenir or omiyage (お土産) to bring home for your loved ones and colleagues. While...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the...

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival Celebrating Girls’ Day
Sue Lynn

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the Hina Matsuri | ©photoAC Have you ever heard of Japan’s Hina Matsuri (雛祭)? Otherwise known...

Dawn Sim Culture

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the...

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Through The Eyes of Japanese Writers
Sue Lynn

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of literary giants and look no further than Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), which lies just about 1-2...

Dawn Sim Travel

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of...

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground
Sue Lynn

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its...

Carissa Loh Travel

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is...

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in Japan to Meet Feline Friends
Sue Lynn

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have noticed how beloved cats are over there. Think maneki-neko (招き猫) cat figurines that beckon luck,...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have...

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s Day in Japan
Sue Lynn

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day is universally celebrated across the globe where presents like chocolates, candies, and flowers are gifted...

Wendy Ng Culture

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day...

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the Izu Peninsula
Sue Lynn

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your loved one, but where to start? Here are our top five picks for romantic dating...

Carissa Loh Travel

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your...

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo”, Cafes, and the Railway Museum
Sue Lynn

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is the gateway to the neighbouring Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). It is also a stop on more...

JAPANKURU Travel

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is...

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi by Kameya Foods
Sue Lynn

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the Japanese horseradish is a unique spice native to Japan and is a staple in Japanese...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the...

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan and Must-do Activities
Sue Lynn

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in regions lying alongside the Sea of Japan (日本海), otherwise known as Yukiguni (雪国), or Snow...

Dawn Sim Festival

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in...