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5 Festivals in Japan You Cannot Miss


General Knowledge  •  14 Aug, 2023  •  45,263 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Japan, a land of rich history and vibrant culture, has a profound respect for traditions and rituals. Throughout the year, the country celebrates a plethora of festivals that not only reflect its cultural diversity but also serve as a bridge between the ancient and the modern. Here are five festivals in Japan that you simply cannot afford to miss, should you find yourself in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami)

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When: Late March to Early April

Few sights are as iconic in Japan as cherry blossoms in full bloom. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a tradition that has been celebrated for centuries. Families, friends, and tourists gather under sakura (cherry blossom) trees, enjoying picnics and gazing up at the fleeting beauty of the blossoms. Famous spots for Hanami include Tokyo's Ueno Park and Kyoto's Maruyama Park. The soft petals, with hues ranging from white to deep pink, create a magical ambience, making this festival a must-visit.

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