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Oni Fest on Mt. Yoshino, Nara

Embrace your demons on Yoshinoyama! The locals of this mountain welcome oni (demons) into their houses and inns ever since mountain wizard En no Gyoja tamed a demon couple 1,300 years ago. Want to know more about the local legend and shake hands with the oni, then visit Yoshinoyama for Setsubun, the beginning of spring!

Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations

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.

The Secret Spots of Setouchi

Not to far from Hiroshima City there are several towns rich in tradition and niche culture that offer a more local experience. Make sure to add Saijo, Onomichi, and Kurashiki to your list of places to visit in Japan.

Sendai Top 10 Things To Do

The Top 10 very best Sendai City has to offer. Sendai is Miyagi Prefecture's capital and Tohoku's largest city. From nature, cuisine, and samurai history, let this be your guide to enjoying the most out of your next visit.