August is the last burst of summer before the weather starts to cool, so everything is happening! From Obon celebrations to festivals and fireworks... August in Japan has it all!
The Awa Odori (Awa Dance Festival) is held in mid-August as part of the Obon celebrations in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island. Awa Odori is the largest dance celebration in Japan, as groups of dancers take to the streets performing the traditional dance. 
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From first time visitors to repeat travellers, Japan has it all: coming to the tail-end of summer, Japan is starting to wrap up its outdoor events, with the fireworks and matsuri festivals coming to an end. But the beginning of autumn brings out a different colour in Japan, with the red and gold hues of the trees starting to poke out. 

Take a look below to see what new and exciting things you can incorporate into your next trip to Japan!

To stay on top of weather warnings and other major notifications, please download apps such as the Japan Official Travel App for alerts on natural disasters. This app also allows you to find your nearest free wi-fi spot and foreign card-friendly ATM and offers many more features when travelling in Japan. 

Road Tripping in Japan: The Checklist

Ever thought about taking a road-trip in Japan? Here's everything you need to know to be confident in your knowledge of all things driving (in Japan). 

Shikoku #2 on LP's Best in APAC

Shikoku Island has been given the great honour of being ranked #2 on Lonely Planet's Best in Asia Pacific 2019, highlighting the amazing cultural and relaxing experiences you can find there (Awa Odori being one of them)
15 Things to do in Kyoto

Japan's ancient capital is packed with so many things to see, do, try and fall in love with! To help with your planning, we've put together a list of 15 recommended things to do!
Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts council will hold a special event to help pass on the unique tradition of tea ceremony to everyone who is interested. The events will be held on 5-6 October in and 19-20 October in 2 separate locations. 
Sushi Making Experience in Hiroshima

Learn how to make your own sushi from a Japanese sushi chef at Sushi Nigiriza in Hiroshima. The restaurant can even cater for those that don't eat raw fish. 
Take a sneak peak into 'Soaring: Fantastic Flight' at Tokyo DisneySea
Follow Leah of Kid Bucket List to experience Tokyo DisneySea's newest attraction 'Soaring: Fantastic Flight', a flight motion-simulator attraction that will take guests on a soaring journey over famous landscapes. 

Kimono Rental in Aikawa, Sado Island

Hire a kimono or summer yukata and take a walk around the historical streets of Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. 

Take a Pilgrimage through Mt Hiei

If your style of travelling is heading to places that are usually untouched by visitors, this is the perfect place for you. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Hieizan Enryakuji Temple is a great opportunity to disconnect from the world.


Weathering With You Movie Tickets Giveaway!

From the Director of the acclaimed anime "Your Name" comes the new heart-felt romantic fantasy drama "Weathering With You". 
Our good friends at Madman Australia are giving away 5 Double Passes and 5 Buy-1-Get-1-Free Passes to our readers!(✿◠‿◠)
To enter, simply email and tell us in 50 words or less:
Which place in Japan do you think looks like an anime film set and why? 
Entries close midnight (AEST) 21 August 2019 and open to Australian residents only. 

Win a Trip to Universal Studios Japan!

Being crowned TripAdvisor's most popular amusement park in Japan, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) wants YOU to come and see why!
Together with JTB Australia, USJ are giving you the chance to win a $4,000 gift voucher to get yourself to Osaka and Experience the wonders for yourself. 
The competition closes noon (AEST) 31 August 2019 and open to Australian residents only

Deals and Campaigns

Discover Japan with Wendy Wu Tours

Marvel at the iconic Mt Fuji, discover the legacy of ancient Japan in Kyoto through atmospheric temples and traditional tea houses, meander through Japanese gardens and ride the bullet train.

Book before 27 September and save up to $300pp on selected 2020 tours!

Introducing the Tokyo Starter Kit

The Tokyo Starter Kit is a special passenger ticket to help overseas travellers who need help with hospital visits, communication whilst at the hospital and the high costs of medical treatment in Japan. 

Hiroshima Bay Night Cruises

If you're looking for something different to experience whilst you're staying in Hiroshima, consider experiencing the Seto Inland Sea on a cruise. There are 6 different cruises ranging from a casual boat ride at 500 yen to a luxury dinner cruise. 

3-Star Route Option Ticket

The 3-Star Route Option Ticket offered by JR EAST is a great bus excursion ticket allowing you to explore the Mitsuboshi Kaido, including Kanazawa, Gokayama, Shirakawago, Takayama and Matsumoto. 

Festivals and Events

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
17-25 August
The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019, hosted by the Cumberland Council will be held at Auburn Botanic Gardens again this year! We'll be there on the last weekend, Sat 24 Aug and Sun 25 Aug, so come by, say hi and get the latest Japan info. 

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