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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa , Tokyo

Asakusa

The grand temple of Senso-ji looms large in the heart of Tokyo’s downtown.

Nara

Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites guarded by some very hungry deer.

sendai-tanabata festival

Sendai Tanabata Festival

Reunited lovers at Japan’s most iconic Tanabata celebration.

The Tomb of Emperor Nintoku (Daisen Kofun)

A distinct keyhole-shaped burial mound that's considered the largest in the world. Exactly who’s buried here, however, is a bit of a mystery.

Sado Island Earth Celebration

Every August, it's the beautiful island's main event: A post-hippie island drum fest.

Daimonji

Blaze and amaze. Praise the ancestral spirits during Kyoto's annual fire display.

Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks Festival

Head to Fukuroi for the biggest fireworks fest in Shizuoka.

edogawa fireworks fest

Edogawa Fireworks Festival

A display to rival the Sumida River Fireworks.

Pikachu Outbreak Yokohama

Yokohama Pikachu Outbreak

Gotta catch Japan's cutest summer festival.

Hachinoe Sansha Taisai - Floats (14)

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival

When the streets turn into the ultimate Japanese variety show.

Kanazawa

Kyoto's rival is a city of as much elegance and historical significance—just more compact.