VOL. 82 August 2022
August Festivals in Tohoku
Japan’s north is home to three of the nation’s most colorful summer celebrations. In Aomori, the Nebuta Festival, held between August 2 to 7, consists of a daily parade of dancers, taiko drummers, and giant, colorful paper-lantern floats, almost too beautiful and fantastical to believe they were crafted by mere teams of humans. Head southwest to the long-standing Akita Kanto Festival, where candlelit paper lanterns are hoisted up on heavy poles in hopes of a good harvest of the five grains. And the Sendai Tanabata Festival celebrates an ancient legend of star-crossed lovers with massive streamers, stunning decorations, and fireworks. All three can be experienced on one trip.
Whirlpools of Naruto Strait in Summer
Animated by some of the fastest moving currents in the world, the Naruto Strait is 0.8 miles wide and lies between Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. When the waters of the Seto Inland Sea collide with the opposing Pacific Ocean currents at high and low tide, they create one of nature's most unique phenomena: the Naruto Whirlpools. There are several ways to appreciate this incredible force of nature. One of the most popular is to board a sightseeing boat and set off to see the whirlpools from the deck, up close. Visitors can also watch these powerful, swirling eddies from the Onaruto Bridge, which spans the strait.
Japan’s Surprising Sand Dunes
Located in the Tottori Prefecture, the Tottori Sand Dunes have existed for over 100,000 years and are the largest sand hills in Japan. Over millennia, the sand deposits have created a 11-square mile golden landscape that stretches nearly 10 miles along the coast. Some of the dunes reach a towering 160 feet. Take to the skies in a beginner-friendly paragliding experience over the dunes and enjoy the scenic coastline before landing on an environment free of obstacles, with sand providing a soft landing.
Practice Yoga at 1476 feet Above the Ground in Tokyo
"SKYTREE® YOGA" is held on the 21st of every month, offering yoga lessons in TOKYO SKYTREE's extraordinary space 1476 feet above the ground. The lessons are held after TOKYO SKYTREE's business hours, and are suitable for all levels. Enjoy its spectacular views before, after and during the lessons.
Japan Airlines Updated Flight Schedules
Japan Airlines (JAL) flight schedules are now available through October 29, 2022. Enjoy convenient travel options to Japan from JAL's ten North American gateways, including daily flights from New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Honolulu. Starting October 1, JL011 from Dallas Fort Worth to Haneda will also increase to daily operations.
Special Packages
Guided 9-Day Package Tour: Japan's Golden Route (Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto and Hiroshima)
This tour package combines popular tours that visit major sightseeing locations in Japan, such as Nikko, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Nara over the span of 9 days. The tour returns to Tokyo on Day 8. An English-speaking interpreter guide will lead the tour. Even people who are not used to traveling in Japan will have no problem participating worry-free. Starting from $3,509 per person.
Tokaido Trail - Japan Small Group Tour
by InsideJapan Tours
“Tokaido Trail proves that you can cover the classic “golden route” sights of Japan without breaking the bank or missing out on unforgettable cultural experiences.” Starting from $2,574 per person (twin-share).

August is a great time to visit Japan because you get the chance to experience some wonderful and exciting festivals! Which of these festivals takes place in August?

A) Kanto Festival

B) Nebuta Festival

C) Awa Odori

D) All of the above

Three lucky winners will be selected among those who answer correctly. The prize will be a a set of Japanese chopsticks.

How to enter:

Enter your answer by September 5, 2022, at
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