Furusato Matsuri

Sanuki Udon

When: 09/01/15 - 18/01/15: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Where: Tokyo Dome, 3, Koraku-1, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

Furusato can mean ‘hometown’ or some kind of ‘nostalgia’ in Japanese, and that link is especially meaningful in a huge city like Tokyo. Many Tokyo dwellers did not grow up in the megalopolis, hence the ghost-town feel around the New Year celebrations, when everyone goes back to their hometown.

Small towns in Japan are particularly known for always having a ‘famous’ food or art specialty. And when we say always, we mean it! Even the most remote, rural towns boast a local item you simply “must” try – perhaps Japan’s tourist industry at its best…

Regardless of where you’re from or whether or not you have a Japanese ‘hometown’, you don’t need to hop in the Shinkansen any time soon to try many of the best dishes they can offer as they gather under the roof at the Tokyo Dome for over a week.

If you expect a small-scale festival with a few stalls scattered around, you’ll be surprised to find out that this is actually a sizable extravaganza, with rows and rows of food stalls, and a large performance area. You may want to put those New Year diet resolutions on hold for a little longer…

Furusato Matsuri

More information: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/

How much: Adv ¥1,400/ same-day ¥1,600

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