5 Culinary Festivals in Japan You Must Visit!

Of the dozens of culinary festivals in Japan, here are 5 culinary festivals in Japan that you must visit!
6 Oct 2022 · By Ayurizka Purwadhania
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Japan is a country that has various cultures and also tourist destinations that are always fun to explore. You can try multiple anti-mainstream activities while in Japan, one of which is exploring unique and exciting culinary festivals in Japan. This culinary festival is usually held in a particular month and in various areas in Japan, ranging from Kyoto to Osaka.

Of the dozens of culinary festivals in Japan, here are 5 culinary festivals in Japan that you must visit!

1. Sake Spring, Kyoto

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Sake Spring is a festival that serves a variety of food and rice wine typical of Kyoto. This Japanese culinary festival features over 150 types of Sake and traditional food in Kyoto. Well, here is a bit of additional information for those of you who are planning to come to this festival.

There are 2 words to remember, namely “Kanpai,” which means “Cheers!” and “Nihonshu,” which means Sake. These two words are mandatory for local people to say when they drink rice wine together. This festival is held in April-July annually.

2. Ramen Expo, Osaka

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It's not complete if you visit Japan but haven't tried various authentic ramen spots in this country. Osaka has a culinary festival called Ramen Expo, which is held in December every year. At this festival, there will be a famous ramen chef who is different every week. To reach the festival location, you must take 20 minutes by Shinkansen.

3. Summer Festival, Sapporo

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The following list of culinary festivals in Japan is the Summer Festival which is located in Sapporo. This festival is held in July-August annually and serves various authentic Japanese food and drinks that can only be found here. You can also find various accessories and knick-knacks from Sapporo that are suitable as souvenirs when returning from Japan.

4. Furusato Matsuri, Tokyo

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Nataliya Hora / Alamy Stock Photo

Have you ever tried grilled eel culinary in Japan? This cuisine is also known as Unagi or, in Japanese, eel. This festival not only serves traditional Tokyo food, but you can also enjoy traditional Japanese art performances that are always present at this festival. The Furusato Matsuri is usually held at the beginning of the year, more precisely in January.

5. Miyajima Oyster Festival, Hiroshima

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Are you a seafood lover? If so, don't miss the Miyajima Oyster Festival in Hiroshima every year in February. One of the most popular menus here is the raw oyster shell menu which is guaranteed to be fresh and delicious at a more affordable price.

So, those are 5 recommendations for culinary festivals in Japan. Which number do you most want to visit?

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