Izu Culture

Anjinsai – Ito’s Biggest Summer Festival

Japanese Summer Festival Summer festivals in Japan are some of the most enjoyable experiences for locals and tourists alike. Some of the biggest ones are the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, the Awa Odori Matsuri in Tokushima, and the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori.  Just about every community in Japan, big or small, has a summer festival. […]

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Anjinsai – A Local Izu Festival

The Anjinsai Festival in Ito, Shizuoka, is a captivating local festival on the Izu peninsula that draws locals and tourists alike to experience a fusion of traditional customs and exhilarating festivities. Known for its breathtaking fireworks display, energetic yosakoi dances, thrilling taiko competition, and lively outdoor Wakuwaku-ichi market and beer garden at Fuji no Hiroba, the Anjinsai Festival is a true celebration of the rich cultural heritage and lively spirit of Ito.

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Shimoda Black Ship Festival

Shimoda’s biggest annual festival commemorates that era with the Kurofune Matsuri (Black Ship Festival). The first festival was held in 1934 as a way to honor the five crew members of Admiral Matthew Perry’s expedition to Japan who died at sea or during their time in Japan. Today, the festival also honors the friendship between Japan and the US.

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Japan’s Izu Peninsula – A Hidden Gem

If you’re looking to explore Japan and take a break from the crowds in Tokyo and Kyoto, Izu may be just the place you’re looking for. This peninsula located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture and is packed with natural beauty, history, and culture, making it a great option for tourists seeking an off the beaten path destination.

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