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Discover Nasu-Karasuyama

Nasu-Karasuyama in Tochigi is a small city that is surrounded by beautiful Japanese countryside. It is located only 2 hours north of Tokyo, which makes it a great day trip.

It is mostly known for its annual Yamaage Festival, a UNESCO World Heritage festival featuring the biggest outdoor Kabuki stage in Japan.

But there is so much more for visitors to enjoy such as cycling, making/buying Japanese Washi paper, seeing the stunning Ryumon waterfall, or tasting sake at the local sake brewery.

A journey to see Japan's outdoor Kabuki Festival

Main stage at Yamaage Festival (Kabuki Festival) in Nasukarasuyama city
Mac Local Writer

"Summer in Japan is matsuri time. Although festivals take place year-round in the land of the rising sun, the majority take place during the blistering hot and humid summer. Their origins, drivers and motivations are different and whatever the reason, they are almost always colorful, boisterous affairs involving the local community and enjoyed by all."

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Meets Nasu-Karasuyama

Special Interview Article

This month we met with the team of the Nasu-Karasuyama Tourism Department, Takano-san, Sato-san, Tanakajima-san, and Aoki-san for a friendly chat to learn more about the area.

They shared with us what Nasu-Karasuyama is famous for, including what to eat, its Famous Festivals, as well as its crafts, and local sake brewery.

The best way to enjoy Yamaage Festival in 2023

The best way to enjoy the Yamaage festival in Japan
Angus Founder Nearby Tokyo

"The ‘Yamaage Festival (山あげ祭り) is an extravagant outdoor Kabuki festival in Nasu-Karasuyama city that started more than 450 years ago. And is currently registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Every year at the end of July, the streets in the city center are blocked off and a stage 100 meters deep is set up. The backdrop of the stage is made of Karasuyama washi paper, and mountains made of the paper are raised to a height of about 10 meters, hence the name “Yamaage” which means raising mountains in Japanese."

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A Chat with Locals 5 'Rainy Season'

Are you planning to come to Japan this June/July? Join us for the fifth edition of “Chat with Locals ” for our monthly zoom event as we share all our secrets about how to get the best from the Rainy Season.

Not everyone is aware that June and July, being the Rainy season in Japan, could be a challenge for tourists. 
But worry not, we will tell you how to enjoy your time and where you should go to get the best experience ever!
From waterfalls to hydrangea flowers, we will share some local insider knowledge and of course, give you plenty of tips, so don’t miss this opportunity to get a taste of Japan and lest “singing in the rain” together!

And that’s not all! We will be holding a lucky draw at the beginning and end of the event, where you could win a special gift. RSVP now and be a part of the experience!

When: 16th of May 2023 at 8 pm (JST)

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Let us know if you can join us, everyone is welcome! Sign up to join the free zoom event. 

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