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10 Fun Things to Do in Japan in July 2019

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July is a month packed with peak summer fun in Japan! Many of the nation’s most popular festivals take place in July, and well as a number of other fireworks festivals, dance celebrations, Tanabata decorations, and much more. Here are 10 fun things to do in Japan in July 2019!

Japanese Manners You Should Know Before You Visit

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Japan is known for its very polite society, and Japanese people are taught from an early age to follow an unspoken set of etiquette rules. The Japanese don’t expect foreign visitors to know all the rules, but a basic understanding of Japanese customs is certainly helpful. Here are some basic Japanese manners you should know before you visit!

Japan’s Top 10 Most Incredible Fireworks Displays

Fireworks, called hanabi (花火) in Japanese, have a long history in Japan and are a fundamental part of Japanese summers. Japanese fireworks displays are quite unique compared to other countries’.

10 Most Luxurious Japanese Foods

Did you know that Japan has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other country in the world? Japan is home to a variety of incredibly luxurious foods for both locals and tourists to try. Here’s a look at ten of the most luxurious foods in Japan – have you ever tried any of these delicacies?

Your Guide to Gion, Kyoto’s Famous Geisha District

If you’re fascinated by the atmosphere of old Japan, then Gion is the place for you. Gion (祇園) is Kyoto’s famous Geisha district, as well as the home of the large Gion Matsuri festival held every year in July. Here’s what to do when visiting Gion!

Gion Matsuri: Kyoto’s Famous Month-Long Festival

The Gion Festival (Gion Matsuri 祇園祭) is held every year for an entire month in Kyoto in July, and is one of the most famous festivals in all of Japan. Here is everything you need to know about this timeless, lively celebration!

10 Vending Machines You Can Only Find in Japan

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Japan is a vending machine heaven! Called jidōhanbaiki (自動販売機) in Japanese, vending machines can be found all over cities, towns and even in the countryside. And, there’s much more than just drinks for sale… here is a list of 10 crazy vending machines you can only find in Japan!

Your Guide to Namba, Osaka

Located in the South part of Osaka City, Namba is a popular area for shopping, restaurants, night life, with even a few well-preserved historic shrines and alleys. Here are the must-see spots in Namba!

Top 10 Best Places to See Hydrangea in Japan

Every year in June, along with the rainy season, pretty clusters of colorful hydrangea flowers bloom across Japan. The beautiful flowers are called ajisai (あじさい、紫陽花) in Japanese. Some places are even famous for the incredible number and variety of hydrangea flowers. Here are 10 popular hydrangea-viewing spots in Japan!