When it comes to festivals, Japan is one of the best places to celebrate. It has a long list of matsuris many of which draw people from around the world. It also has a number of food festivals, which provide the perfect setting to taste Japan in all its culinary glory.
Miyajima Oyster Festival
Where: Miyajima, Hiroshima
When: Early February
Why go: Hiroshima is known for its excellent seafood and the oysters are definitely a must-try. And there is no better time to eat them than during oyster season that falls in the first quarter of the year. The Miyajima Oyster Festival is an annual celebration held in early February. You can eat great tasting oysters raw or take your pick from the selection of delectable oyster-based dishes.
Meguro Kumin Matsuri
Where: Meguro-ku, Tokyo
When: Early September
Why go: The Meguro Kumin Matsuri is a festival that features four different events — the Furusato Bussannten, Kodomo Hiroba, Meguro no Sanma Matsuri, and Omatsuri Hiroba. The most popular of which is the Meguro no Sanma Matsuri or Pacific saury festival where visitors can enjoy freshly-grilled Sanma (Pacific saury).
Hokkaido Fair (The Hokkai Shokudo)
Where: Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
When: Late September to early October
Why go: The Hokkaido Fair is a food festival that celebrates and showcases the scrumptious foods from the region. Spread over four days, the free event attractions hundreds of thousands of local and foreign visitors who come to enjoy a wide array of dishes and treats at affordable prices including the best quality seafood as well as Hokkaido’s famous beer — Sapporo.