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To Travel on the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen, Book Tickets Easily with smartEX!  (Osaka Departure Edition)

Osaka is a good place to enjoy delicious food and a unique atmosphere. If you're coming all the way to Japan, why not stretch your legs and explore beyond Osaka? Take the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet trains) to travel safely and quickly to all these popular tourist destinations: Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Tokyo and Mount Fuji. With the free smartEX app, it's easy to book Shinkansen tickets. In this article, I'll show you how!

Hyogo Prefecture – Himeji Yukata Festival

Himeji Yukata Festival is a popular early-summer event in which people, clad in yukatas, gather in the city! There’s plenty to enjoy, including parades, yukata fashion shows, musical events, food stalls, and more! The festival is held June 22nd through 24th every year. Be sure to put on a yukata and enjoy sightseeing at the World Cultural Heritage Site and national treasure Himeji Castle during this event!

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto – One of Japan’s 3 Greatest Festivals

A Festival that Spans a Full Month with Over 1100 Years of History. This article will introduce “yoiyama” and “yamaboko junko,” two of the top events during the month-long festival. The “Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Gyoji” is a registered UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine – “Yabusame-Shinji”

“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.
During the event, archers on horseback ride through the forest and shoot at targets. It is said that, if the arrows meet their marks, there will be an abundant harvest of crops that year and wishes will be granted.

A Kyoto Spring Tradition, “Aoi Matsuri” (“Hollyhock Festival”)

Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.

Enjoy Japan's Beautiful Flowers Whenever You Visit Osaka's Expo '70 Commemorative Park!

Are you aware of a spot in Osaka that you can visit to appreciate flowers in season? That spot is the Expo '70 Commemorative Park! This park stands on the former site of the Japan Expo, the first Exposition held in Asia in 1970. Its extensive grounds house the symbolic Tower of the Sun, facilities offering a variety of experiences, and an area where many different flowers can be appreciated in each season.