Experiencing Japan in summer


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 02 Mar 2019

In this picture taken on May 19, 2017, heron-hooded dancers parade during the Sanja Matsuri Festival in Tokyo. Over 1.5 million people flocked to Tokyo’s Asakusa district during the three-day annual festival, which heralds the coming of summer in the Japanese capital. — Photo: AFP

THE four seasons in Japan bring different experiences to visitors to the country.

After the vibrant spring months comes summer, the best time to witness the many colourful festivals in Japan.

Some of the best matsuri (festivals) include Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri, Aomori’s Nebuta Matsuri and the Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima, which are only held during the summer months.

Summer is the best time to hike the legendary Mount Fuji and take in the breeze from the summit.

The summer months are usually from June to August.

In autumn, from September to November, travel back in time when you stroll through old streets covered in fall foliage, and do not miss the chance to take the best pictures during this time of the year.

The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) will be at MATTA Fair (March 15-17) at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur to present all the information visitors require about visiting Japan.

This year, JNTO will be inviting representa­tives from Japan to be at MATTA Fair.

The JNTO booths at MATTA Fair are at Hall 1 (1161-1184) and its 21 exhibitors include prefectural offices, local governments and private organisations as well as hotels and services companies.

Learn more about what you can experience on the island of Okinawa, the Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido and Tokyo Disney Resort.

Join in the activities such as a salmon-cutting demonstration and cosplay meet-and-greet (March 16 and 17), yukata photo sessions and a summer kimono exhibition.

Also, get a free travel adapter or bag when you purchase Japan travel packages or travel pass at MATTA Fair KL 2019.

There will also be a lucky draw. For details, visit www.jnto.org.my

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