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Japan Travel Guide in Sep

Aug 18,2023 | Tim

Well, it soon will come to September, have you thought of traveling around Japan to have a taste of distinctive scences and Japanese culture? (Warmth hint: do not forget to choose a Japan eSIM if you don't want your mobile devices out of data traffic in JP. Of course if you have no idea how to install your devices with eSIM, PLS click the link https://bytesim.com/pages/faq )

Now, let's go ahead!

Brief introduction of Sep. in JP.

Mt. Fuji, Japan Mt. Fuji, Japan

"Although September is nominally one of the three autumn months in Japan, most parts of the country still remain very hot. However, this does not include Hokkaido. As September arrives, some areas in Hokkaido start to cool down and leaves begin to change color. With the end of the beach season, seaside resorts usually become sparsely populated. Nevertheless, considering the decrease in crowds, a trip to the beach is still a good choice."

Although September is technically one of the three autumn months in Japan, most parts of the country still experience high temperatures. However, Hokkaido is an exception to this. As September arrives, certain areas in Hokkaido begin to cool down and the leaves start changing color. With the official end of beach season, seaside resorts are usually empty. Nevertheless, considering the decrease in crowds, a trip to the beach can still be a great choice.

Ethnic events: a flawless fusion of tradition and modernity.

Baseball

people standing near white metal fence during daytime people standing near white metal fence during daytime

  • Since its introduction to Japan in 1872, baseball has been a major sport in the country. Every year, during the season's final playoffs, twelve teams compete for the league championship flag and rankings. Although September is not the main time for baseball matches in Japan, and Japan already secured the ultimate championship of the 2023 World Baseball Classic back in March, currently, the highly popular 105th Summer Koshien Baseball Tournament (Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture) is underway. If you are a baseball fan, you can still catch the final match around the 22nd.

F1 Car

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  • If you are interested in F1 racing, you may want to visit the Suzuka Circuit in Me (the Japanese Grand Prix in Osaka from September 21 to September 24) or the Motegi Ring Circuit in Tochigi. Both tracks host a variety of racing events in September.

Sumo Match

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  • If you want to take a view of traditional Japanese sports, visit Tokyo during the second to fourth week of September. The Grand Sumo tournament will be held at the Kokugikan Arena in Sep. The door can be pre-ordered up to one month in advance.

Festivals all over Japan

Owara Wind Basin Dance Festival

Owara Kaze-no-Bon, a Festival for Wind in Japan | tsunagu Japan Owara Kaze-no-Bon, a Festival for Wind in Japan | tsunagu Japan

  • September is the time to celebrate the traditional festivals of sacrifices (to pray to the gods for protection from disease and good health). In Yachio, near Toyama City, the Owara Wind Basin Dance Festival is held during the first three days of September. This is the largest annual festival in Toyama Prefecture. Hundreds of thousands of people danced, marching in the streets lined with ancient wooden buildings.

Kishiwada Chachi Festival (Oibaki Wada City)

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is for the Thrill Seekers - Osaka.com Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is for the Thrill Seekers - Osaka.com

  • With a history of more than 300 years, Kishiwada is the largest and most luxurious float festival in Japan. In mid-September, every year, more than 100 men parade through the streets, pushing and pulling hand-crafted floats that stagger through alleys and rampage through narrow street corners. A man standing on the float, caught up in the excitement, would shout enthusiastically while jumping back and forth.

Tsuruoka Hachimaga (Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture)

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine - Kamakura Travel Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine - Kamakura Travel

  • With a history spanning more than 300 years, you can witness the unique martial arts of horses with dysprosium, as well as traditional dance performances. You will be amazed by the power, skill and fighting spirit displayed by the participants on horseback in this riding show dating back to the Heian Period (794-1185). During the annual festival, Tsuruoka Hachimaga also holds a tea party to worship the gods, accompanied by traditional dance performances. The koshi will be parading through the streets. The annual festival takes place in Kamakura on September 14, 15 and 16th.

Hokkaido& Daisetsuzan National Park

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  • In late summer and early fall, you can imagine a scene: taking a hiking trip along Hokkaido's autumn hiking trail, then heading to the beaches of western Japan or the Pacific islands to sunbathe together with your parents or beloved... Oh, it's definitely worth to take a try! You can also explore Daisetsuzan National Park, which is considered one of the best destinations for an early autumn hike in Hokkaido. By mid-September, the leaves here transform from their original color to a vibrant red after changing in early September.

Izu Peninsula & Wakayama Coast

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  • The beach resorts along the Izu Peninsula and Wakayama are also great places to go, in addition to the preferred locations on the outlying islands of Okinawa and Kyushu. With beautiful beaches and hot spring resorts, these places also offer a variety of nearby attractions to visit when the weather is not suitable for beach activities.

Volcanoes of Japan

Viewing the Aso Volcano Crater | KYUSHU x TOKYO (JAPAN) Viewing the Aso Volcano Crater | KYUSHU x TOKYO (JAPAN)

  • For those interested in Japanese volcanoes, Mount Fuji is a must-see. It is not only the highest peak in Japan but also the symbol of the Japanese nation, known as the "sacred mountain" by the Japanese people. Located in the south-central part of Honshu, 80 kilometers east of Tokyo, Mount Fuji covers an area of 90.76 square kilometers and is 3,776 meters above sea level. The mountain is conical, like a hanging fan upside down. Since Japanese records began, Mount Fuji has erupted 18 times, the last time in 1707, before becoming a dormant volcano. In addition, there is the Aso volcano, which is currently the only active volcano sightseeing in Japan, and if the weather is good, you can even get up close to the crater.

Places of Historical Interest

Tokyo Tower& Tokyo Skytree

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  • Tokyo Tower, located in the city of Tokyo, is the tallest tower in Japan and was completed in 1958. It is the highest point in Tokyo, reaching a height of 332.6 meters, and was built after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Bright and dazzling, the tower body pyramid is adorned with two colors - red and white. As for Tokyo Skytree, there are various attractions in the tower, including aquariums, restaurants, shops, cafes, and other facilities. Furthermore, the tower features two observation towers, measuring 150 meters and 250 meters in height. Standing here, you can have a panoramic view of Tokyo.

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkakuji (Kyoto) - Japan's Most Spectacular Views in Winter | hisgo.com Kinkakuji (Kyoto) - Japan's Most Spectacular Views in Winter | hisgo.com

  • Built in the 14th century, the villa was originally owned by Minister Kyokenori Nishionji and later acquired by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It underwent extensive renovation and expansion. The temple, known as the "Golden Pavilion Temple", gets its name from the gold foil that covers the second and third floors of its outer walls, making it shine like gold from afar. At the end of its tower, there is a gold and copper phoenix that adds beauty to this building. As the centerpiece of the garden, the mirror lake pool in front of the temple reflects the grandeur of the golden pavilion. This serene and graceful view offers a unique perspective and is considered a signature attraction in Kyoto.

Ginkaku Temple

Free Ginkaku-Ji Temple photo and picture Free Ginkaku-Ji Temple photo and picture

  • In 1482, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the grandson of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, constructed Ginkaku Temple at the foothill of Higashiyama Mountain in Kyoto, resembling the shape of the Kinkaku Temple. The Silver Pavilion Temple is known for its pure and elegant style, while the Golden Pavilion Temple stands out with its brilliant contrast. In this exquisite two-story attic, the first floor is known as the Heart Empty Hall, where monks chant Buddha and practice. The second floor, called Chaoyin Pavilion, serves as a Zen Buddhist hall.

Historical Village of Hakusan

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama - Wikipedia Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama - Wikipedia

  • In the long course of history, the village Hakusan has relied on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the development of sericulture to survive in the mountainous area, which has been almost forgotten by mankind. In order to relieve the pressure of the snow in the cold winter, the residents have increased the slope of the roof and built the unique double thatched steep slope of the wooden roof. This kind of wooden house is generally 18 meters long, 10 meters wide, there are 3-4 floors, generally live a large family. The house is called "a palm house" or "triangle house" because its roof shape is similar to the Japanese people's hands when they worship God. These villages serve as a testament to the ingenuity and diligence of ancient laborers in adapting to their surroundings and advancing the economy.

Odaiba

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  • Odaiba means fort and takes its name from the sea fort built in the 19th century to defend against the arrival of American black ships. In the 1990s, the mayor of Tokyo made the decision to redevelop Odaiba as a place of future innovation and modern living, transforming these Marine batteries into parks and waste dumps. Odaiba, known for its shopping plazas, dining, futuristic attractions and museums, is a popular destination for Tokyo locals and international tourists, all within walking distance. You can enjoy a relaxing beach vacation without leaving Tokyo. Odaiba's beach and its surrounding attractions offer a pleasant and fulfilling day away from the concrete jungle.

Sensoji Temple

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  • Founded in 628, it is the oldest temple in Tokyo. This place was designated as the shogunate's prayer house by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the general of the Edo period. After entering Sensoji Temple, wash at the pool on the right side of the door, which means washing the soul and body. To wash your hands, start with the left hand using the bailer, then move on to the right hand. After that, scoop some water with the left hand for gargling. You can also use the water to pat your eyes and forehead. Finally, clean the bailer and offer incense in the desired location. Wave the smoke over your body to show that you are feeling confident and lucky.

Toshodai Temple

Tōshōdai-ji In Japan: Histroy,Facts,Worship Method,Opening Timing & How to  reach Tōshōdai-ji In Japan: Histroy,Facts,Worship Method,Opening Timing & How to reach

  • Toshodai Temple, located in Nara city, Japan, is an ancient temple that was built in 759 AD by the Chinese monk Jianzhen from the Tang Dynasty. Its purpose was to promote and study Buddhism. It includes a gold hall, lecture hall, Sutra collection, treasure and auditorium, drum tower, and other buildings. There is a seated statue of Master Jianzhen as well. All of them are honored as national treasures.

Osaka Castle

Japan - Shrines and Temples: Ikukunitama Jinja Osaka Japan - Shrines and Temples: Ikukunitama Jinja Osaka

  • In Osaka Castle, there are two pavilions: the Tenshou Pavilion, which is ancient, and the Tenge Pavilion, which is modern. The Totenkaku, with a height of 103 meters, is an outlook tower that holds the meaning "leading to the sky". "Totenkaku" is considered one of the landmarks of Osaka." It was named after the Meiji Confucian scholar Daegu Minamitosawa and was completed in 1956.

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