Food festivals, wellness escapes and more - there is plenty to do in Japan's resorts over the coming months.
While we are all very excited to welcome the return of international travel to Japan, for those of you lucky enough to be in the 'Land of the Rising Sun' right now, the coming months present a world of opportunity to get out and explore*. We showcase some of the best events and things to do in this blog.
Niseko Autumn Food Festival
The annual Niseko Autumn Food Festival moves this year from its previous location in Hirafu to Niseko Village, bringing with it the many restaurant pop-ups and food stalls, the live entertainment and great buzz that the event is becoming famous for. Vendors such as Robata Niseko Naniwatei, Bar Gyu+, Kikoz and La Villa Lupicia are among the 20+ participating in this years event organised by Niseko Tourism.
Dates: September 16th - 19th, 2021
Nozawa Onsen - Women's Wine and Wellness Retreat
The traditional onsen town of Nozawa Onsen is a must-visit all-year-round destination offering spectacular scenery in summer and some of Japan's best ski terrain in winter. This autumn, yoga instructor Rowie Geraerts (@SpiritualPretzel) is presenting a Women's Wine and Wellness Retreat, including a luxury stay at Residence Yasushi, a range of incredible dining experiences, wine tastings from some of Japan's best makers, nature excursions on foot and bike, and six yoga sessions. Sounds to me like the perfect mix between relaxation and indulgence!
Dates: September 10th - 13th 2021
Furano - A Kaleidoscope of Colour
Sadly, it seems that the Furano event calendar is looking quite bare this year - no thanks to you, COVID! But that's not to say that September and October isn't a great time to visit this Central Hokkaido masterpiece of a town. Flower season peaks in August with bright lavender fields the main drawcard, but the autumn colours from September onwards are, according to some, just as breathtaking to see. And there is plenty more to see and do in Furano all year round.
Rusutsu Harvest Festival
Two days of live jazz music, a farmer's market and all the delicious, seasonal food you can possibly devour - that's the promise as the Rusutsu Harvest Festival takes place on September 4th and 5th at Villa Rusutsu. Brought to you by Niseko Portfolio, vendors include Roko Sando, Hakko Ginger (pictured above) and the Villa Bar & Restaurant.
Okinawa Kento Eisa Festival - well... for next year!
Few events offer an insight into Japanese life and culture than local 'Matsuri' (town festivals). Food, music, dance and more, usually centred around a theme, bring people together in the spirit of celebration. One of the best is the Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri. A traditional festival hosted to pay respects to the prefectures Ryukyan heritage, expect traditional dress and dance, taiko drumming and food from a bygone Okinawan era. Unfortunately, this years Zento Eisa Matsuri has been cancelled, but pencil it in to your diary for 2022 and beyond!
* The COVID-19 situation is Japan is serious and ever-changing. The above events are subject to change and cancellation without notice. Check with organisers before visiting. Travel with caution and always follow government travel advice.
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