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3 Best Places to Wear a Yukata in Japan

This article will introduce sightseeing spots where you can experience traditional Japanese dress and opportunities to take photos while wearing “Yukata(浴衣)"!

What is Yukata?

Some of you may imagine “Yukata” as a typical example of Japanese clothing. It is one of the types of Japanese traditional casual dress which people typically wear in Summer. Mostly you will see people wearing Yukata at summer festival or at tourist places of interest. Have fun with Yukata during your summer vacation!! For more information about Yukata click here.

Mitama Matsuri(みたままつり): Tokyo Prefecture

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Matsuri is the Japanese word for “festival” in Japan, During such Matsuri, is common to wear yukata. One of the most famous summer festivals is the Mitama Matsuri held in Tokyo. This is one of the biggest festivals in Japan and held in July annually for four days at Yasukuni Shrine(靖国神社).

Mitama Matsuri is most beautiful at night. When you pass under the “torii” which is the entrance to Shrine, more than 30,000 lanterns are lit, and line the main street as if walking on the road to heaven. At the centre of the street that leads to the main shrine, there you will find a “Yagura” (tower for dancing) surrounded by Bon-Odori(盆踊り) dancers performing  Japanese traditional dances. The matsuri reaches its climax when Bon-Odori dancers and tourists with yukata dance together in the heat of the summer night.

Why not join the Bon-Odori and experience a new taste of Japanese culture?

Mitama Matsuri(みたままつり)

Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8246
Access:
- 10 minutes walk from JR Ichigaya and JR Iidabashi stations
5 minutes walk from Kudanshita Station
Season:
July 13-16, 2018

Nagaoka Festival(長岡まつり大花火大会): Niigata Prefecture

Yukata with Hanabi(fireworks) is said to be fixture for summer in Japan. The firework festival on this day is one of Japan’s three largest fireworks displays which is held in Nagoka Nigata-prefecture every August 2nd and 3rd. Over the two days over 1 million spectators attend and more than 20,000 fireworks light up the sky at night. Large firework displays are one of the popular summer features in Japan. Also, unlike other fireworks in Japan, most spectators view from areas which require tickets. It is also possible to reserve tickets in advance.

The large fireworks are simply breathtaking and is a veritable feast for the eyes. Once you see this display, others will pale in comparison. The 650-metre giant sanshakudama, waterfall and volcano fireworks are incomparable with other fireworks in Japan.

Nagaoka is just an hour from Tokyo. Why not add to your visit by visiting the coast?

Nagaoka Festival(長岡まつり大花火大会)

Address: Chosei Bridge, Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture  940-0000
Access: 30 minutes walk from JR Nagaoka Station
Season: August
 2-3, 2018

Arashiyama(嵐山): Kyoto Prefecture

Do you feel like experiencing a town with a historic atmosphere?

Needless to say, Kyoto(京都) is the most traditional and famous city in Japan. Countless temples, shrines and historical structures still feature around the whole city. Among them, Arashiyama  is a place where you will surely feel a sense of “Fuzei(風情)” which is a Japanese concept of an atmosphere of elegance. Arashiyama is a small mountain which is situated in the west region of Kyoto city. There you will be able to find unspoiled nature, in particular “Chikurin no michi” which is a 300-metre path surrounded by a forest of tall bamboos. Summer is the ideal time to feel “fuzei” as you can hear the sound of the wind blowing through the forest of bamboos, and the cool air is said to heal your mind and as well as replenish energy.

If you are feeling a little weary, why not experience “fuzei” to rejeuvenate your spirits? For more information about Kyoto click here.

Arashiyama(嵐山)

Address: Tabuchi Yama-cho, Sagaogurayama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture  616-8394
Access: By JR Train from Kyoto Station: Take the JR Sagano/San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station and walk for about 10 minutes.
Opening Hours: Always Open

Besides the areas we mentioned above, there are many other places to visit.

How about extending your visit to local areas? Kyoto, Kamakura, Nara, Asakusa are the most famous, although there are many other sights throughout Japan to discover. Let us know your favourites!

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