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Osaka Tenjin Festival (Tenjin Matsuri): Guide to Events, Schedule and Access to Japan's Major Festival!

Osaka Castle, Tenmabashi, Kyobashi Japanese Festivals (Matsuri)

Tenjin Festival is Osaka's iconic grand festival drawing in 1.3 million people every year. Various events are held in about one month with the biggest spectacle happening on July 25. The festival, also known as Tenjin Matsuri in Japanese, features magnificent events such as a parade of around 3,000 people called Rikutogyo and the river procession known as Funatogyo. As the grand finale, a huge fireworks display kicks off along with lantern lights on the Ōkawa River. This scenery is why the Tenjin Festival is also called the fire and water festival. The Tenjin Festival Gal Mikoshi is also a regular event that many spectators enjoy. *In 2020, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, all parades, boat processions, and fireworks have been canceled. Only the Hokonagashi Shinji and Shinto priesthood rituals within the vicinity will be held.

These Are Japan’s Top 30 Best-Selling Beauty Products (And Where to Find Them!)


Japan is a great place to get your hands on top-quality cosmetics at very reasonable prices. So it’s no wonder that pharmaceuticals are so popular amongst tourists. But what exactly are the products that everyone is raving about? Find out for yourself below!

Purikura: Change Yourself Up with Photo Booth Fun!


You simply cannot take a trip to Japan without trying one of the mega-popular sticker photo booths known as purikura! For just a few hundred yen and a few minutes, you can take home a souvenir that is as fun to make as it is to share. Purikura isn’t just about the final photos, but about the experience and fun of posing and decoration. This is not your average photo booth! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to the purikura area of the Taito Station game center in Shinjuku to try purikura for ourselves and to take you through the process step by step!

Farm Tomita: Complete Guide to the Breathtaking Hokkaido Lavender Fields You Must See!

Noboribetsu / Lake Toya Other Nature

Farm Tomita is one of Hokkaido’s largest tourist attraction site that brings in over 1 million people annually from all over Japan and the world. Lavender blooms from late June to early August. The vibrant purple scenery sprawled across Furano is a sign of early summer for Hokkaido. Here we will share some of the various beautiful flower fields in Farm Tomita with you!

World’s Longest Suspension Bridge! Vibrant views from the Akashi Kaikyo "Bridge World" tour

Himeji, Akashi Landmarks

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is a suspension bridge about four kilometers long linking Kobe City and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. The distance between the two main towers standing in the Akashi Strait is 1,991 meters and is famous for being the longest in the world! Did you know that there is a tour that enables you to experience the size of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge? Not only can you walk along part of the bridge, but you can also go up to the top of one of the main 300-meter high towers. 300 meters is the same height as Tokyo Tower! Read on to learn more about the great panorama awaiting you at the top.

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