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The Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto starts in late March, and from March 29 to April 14 you can experience its fleeting beauty in many of Kyoto’s parks, temple and castle gardens. Called hanami in Japanese, locals and tourists alike take this time to celebrate spring with a picnic underneath a full bloom of cherry trees. Whether you are eating, drinking, dancing or relaxing, look up and see a sea of flowers above you. At night, many places are lit up, with the blossoms taking on a magical glow. Here are Kyoto’s magnificent seven after dark.
Saint Maria Osaka Cathedral: Christianity’s history and driving forces in Japan
Starting back in 1987 on a department store stage, the festival soon moved outdoors into the streets. Recently the growing festivities have included the entire city
Zama's Sunflower Festival in July & August boasts 550,000 blooms. Flowers, music & a range of Sunflower products.
Japan is known for its strange restaurants, such as locked up in prison, fishing restaurants and more. The Robot Restaurant, one of its best, puts up a remarkable show for its customers.
In direct correlation to a city that seems to do as it feels the music scene is also varied and raw. Reflected in the many music shops in the Osaka area you will find Japanese and western versions rock, lo fi, psychedelic, noise, hardcore, 50's-90's and other cross genres that maybe new to your ear.
Okayama Symphony Hall is a world class performance venue that regularly hosts the best of local and international talent.