Furusato Matsuri Tokyo

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Coming on like a turbocharged version of the free festivals that take place in Yoyogi Park throughout the year, the annual Furusato Matsuri gives a chance for prefectures around Japan to dazzle Tokyoites with their culture – and, of course, their food. There'll be stalls at Tokyo Dome hawking everything from sake to seafood, with special sections devoted to ramen, donburi, craft beer and the like. When you've sated your appetite (or tired of fighting through the mobs of drooling gastronomes), you can sit back and watch large-scale recreations of popular festivals like Aomori's Nebuta Matsuri and the Akita Kanto Matsuri, or the costume character dance contest. Afternoon tickets (¥1,100, entry after 4pm) are also available, inviting you to swing by casually after work. Note that all-day tickets cost ¥1,600 on weekends (¥1,400 adv) but only ¥1,300 on weekdays.

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We went to the Matsuri festival on Bank holiday Monday. It was very busy but very exciting to see so many different traditions from various areas of Japan. We saw music, singing and dancing and then went down onto the floor of the stadium which was covered with stalls selling all sorts of local produce, but mainly food and drink. There were loads of free samples!