This post has been sponsored by Tourism Japan, but all thoughts are my own.
I absolutely love to travel and I’d rather spend money on making memories with my family than buying things. Ever since my husband and I first started dating, we always wanted to visit Japan. I am hoping one day that we make this possible because there are so many family friendly things to do in Japan – especially the festivals in Tokyo, Chugoku and Shikoku that celebrate cuisine, the outdoors, history and art.
Sanja Matsuri Festival in Tokyo
The Sanja Matsuri is the festival that represents Tokyo and tells of the early summer in Asakusa. The streets of Asakusa, filled with downtown charm, are bustling with tourists. The present day festival was established in the Edo period (1603-1868) which I find so fascinating. How amazing that these traditions are still being celebrated! Sanja Mastsuri is held on the third Saturday and Sunday every May
Awa Odori Festival in Chugoku and Shikoku
Awa Odori is one of the Japanese traditional arts that has lasted for about 400 years. Awa Odori is not only held in Tokushima prefecture but nationwide, although the largest scale “Awa Odori” is still proudly held in Tokushima City. The Awa Dance can be traced back to 1596! Every year the festival is held from August 12-15, during vacation period. If you happen to visit when the Festival isn’t happening, there is the Awa Odori Kaikan building where you can learn about the history of the dance and see it performed.
When traveling and exploring a new city, attending a festival is a great way to completely immerse yourself in the culture of where you are. I love seeing all of the art, food, music and just feeling the history all around me!
Have you ever visited Japan and attended a festival while there?