First-time travelers to Japan can often be overwhelmed when putting together their itinerary, as the country offers so many delicacies, festivities, and traditions spread throughout many faraway regions. Fortunately, the ongoing Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2020 event at the Tokyo Dome is the perfect one-stop event for visitors to sample the very best of Japans food and performances all under one roof.
Running from Jan 10 to 19, the Furusato Matsuri is a gigantic event that showcases the charm of each prefecture in Japan through food, festival performances, and arts and crafts. Guests can simulate a nationwide gourmet (many of which are selected winners of national contests) and entertainment journey throughout Japan by visiting a seemingly endless number of stalls and a stage area where performers from around the country demonstrate the extravagance of their respective region's festivals.
One of the spectacular festival performances on display is the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, which features a giant glowing warrior float and skilled dancers and musicians putting on a lively show unique to the region.
Also on featured is the Nihama Taiko Festival, a unique and enthusiastic taiko performance highlighted by an ornately decorated float.
Of course, when traveling through every prefecture in Japan, you'll need fuel to keep up the journey. Fortunately a number of regional delicacies are available, including donburi that include Kagoshima's black pork, Shimane's rockfish, and Wakayama's toro katsu.
You can wash down all the regional cuisine with a wide variety of sake from around the country, or create your own original cocktail by using local teas and soft drinks.
To finish it off, there are just as many booths offering a treasure trove of desserts including delicious custards and even Turkish ice cream using region-specific ingredients such as Hokkaido milk.
The Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2020 offers a unique opportunity for eager travelers to experience some of the best food and festival performances found all over Japan in one convenient location, so be sure to attend and check out the access information below.
Dates: Jan 10-19
Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Jan 10-18); 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Jan 19)
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