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Tokyo Events This Week: Golden Dragon Dance, Festival of Colors and AnimeJapan

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Tokyo events for Monday, March 18 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
This week puts on social meet-ups, Holi celebrations, the annual AnimeJapan tradeshow—and awakens a giant dragon.
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Golden Dragon Dance
Asakusa commemorates the founding of Tokyo’s most famous temple—Sensoji—with a golden dragon dance every March. As the story goes, the night the temple was founded back in 628, a golden dragon swooped down from the skies and created a forest of 1,000 pine trees—a symbol of prosperity, longevity and abundance.This legend is celebrated with the impressive dance of a 60-foot dragon marionette wielded by 8 dancers.

Golden Dragon DanceDates:18th Mar, 2019

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Matsushima Travel Guide: Zuiganji, Fukuurajima and Other Gems

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A short train ride out of the city of Sendai lies Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. A small town on an island-dotted bay so beautiful that it rendered famous poet Matsuo Basho speechless. And not much left Basho lost for words: he managed a haiku about this gorgeous place, after all. Four hundred years later, Matsushima has lost none of its charms. Still considered one of the Three Great Views of Japan, the Bay of Pines rewards visitors with temples, bridges, caves and islands, with a view at every turn. In this article we explore the temple complex of Zuiganji, the island of Fukuurajima, and a one or two other drawcards.
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Zuiganji, Matsushima Town
Zuiganji was founded in 828 as a temple in the Tendai Sect of Buddhism, converted to Z

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Renting a Wifi Router in Japan: Best Options

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Traveling with multiple devices? Renting a pocket (mobile) wifi router in Japan is the best way to get connected.
If you’re wondering how best to stay connected while you’re traveling around Japan, a pocket wifi router might be the solution. Often easier to set up than SIM cards, especially useful if you are traveling in a group or have multiple devices (e.g. two phones, a tablet, laptop and so on), and super simple to collect and drop off, these mobile wifi routers are a clever choice. Here, we explain how you can rent a wifi router in Japan, as well as what the top options are in terms of value, data usage and length of stay.
Sushi Wi-Fi offer fast, unlimited mobile wifi, with bonus power banks and early-bird discounts. Find

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Japan’s 7 Most Incredible Castles

Japan has over 200 castles, called shiro (城) in Japanese. Many of these ancient, well-preserved fortresses are Japanese National Treasures and World Heritage Sites. Here are some of the must-see castles in Japan and what they’re famous for!

Intro

At one time, Japan had over 25,000 castles. This was due to the fact that during the 15th century, Japan entered a period of civil war called the “sengoku jidai” (戦国時代). Castles were built by the thousands and played an incredibly important role during that time. They are more than just beautiful – they are good protection during times of war.

Although we are now in a time of peace, today, over 200 castles are still open for visitors to explore in and around. These incredible fortresses contain elements that are beautiful remnants of history, and appreciated by millions of visitors every year. A handful of these castles have towers which stand in their original, unaltered forms, and others have been carefully and accurately recreated.

Here are the top 7 most incredible must-see castles in Japan:

1. Himeji Castle (姫路城)

Hyogo Prefecture (built 1609)

This Japanese National Treasure is Japan’s biggest and most-visited castle. Also called the White Heron Castle for its stunning white exterior, it is also Japan’s only UNESCO World Heritage Castle. It is also one of the country’s 12 “original” castles, as it was never destroyed by war or natural disaster and still stands tall in its original form today.

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2. Matsumoto Castle (松本城)

Nagano Prefecture (built 1594)

Matsumoto Castle is also known as the “Crow Castle” for its incredible black exterior. The castle is actually a hirajiro (平城), or a castle built on flat land as opposed to a hill or mountain. It is also one of Japan’s 12 original castles.

Official Website

3. Osaka Castle (大坂城)

Osaka Prefecture (built 1583)

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Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri 2019

The Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) will be held again this year in the Fukagawa area of Tokyo, near Monzen-nakacho Station.

One unique feature available at this festival is the boat rides!

You can enjoy gazing at the twin rows of cherry blossoms lining the banks of Oyokogawa River while being rocked along in either a traditional Japanese boat, or a powerboat.

The wooden traditional boats in particular paint a pretty picture, as they are rowed by hand. Since these first-come, first serve boat rides are extremely popular and the line-up can be up to an hour long, we recommend coming in the morning for the best chance for a smooth experience.

You can also visit the area at night, when the cherry trees are lit up, to experience a different facet of the festivities.

Both the flowers overhead, decked with LED lights, and their reflections on the surface of the river are brilliant sights to behold.

The Monzen-nakacho area is also great for exploring.

Many food stalls will be set up on the weekends, and nearby hot spots, like Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, will be hosting a variety of events.

There’s plenty to see in addition to the cherry blossoms, so we hope you’ll come to Fukagawa and enjoy Japan’s spring to its fullest extent!

Dates

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 – Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Place

Kurofune-bashi Josen-jo Pier, 1-1 Monzen-nakacho, Koto City, Tokyo

Access

3 minute walk from Monzen-nakacho Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line T-12, Toei Oedo Line E-15)

Traditional Japanese Boat Rides

Available weekends during the festival, and on Wednesday, April 3rd. (**Subject to cancellation if there is bad weather.)

Registration hours are between 9:30 – 14:30, and the ride lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Cost

500 yen

Powerboat Rides

Available every day during the festival between 9:30 – 20:05.
One boat will leave approximately every hour.
Registration is available until 20 minutes prior to departure.

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