Risshun, the Lunar New Year, means “beginning of spring,” although the early February weather is still quite cold. Next comes Shunbun, the spring equinox, when people in Japan begin searching in earnest for signs of the end of winter. Despite the appearance of delightful plum blossoms and other blooms and sprouts, however, there are still only sporadic warm days. Practically speaking, Shunbun signifies the end of the long nights of winter, with six months of increased daylight ahead.
For a more traditional experience in Japan, many travelers prefer to stay at a ryokan or minshuku. Anyone who has stayed in one of these charming accommodations can confirm that they offer one of the best ways to experience the culture and traditions of real Japan. After all, Japan is known around the world for its unmatched hospitality. Though both ryokan and minshuku provide comfortable and traditional places to stay in Japan, what is the difference between them?
Tokushima City is the birthplace of Japan’s No. 1 summer dance festival, the over-400-year-old “Awa Odori,” which represents traditional Japanese culture. We are all waiting for your visit here in Tokushima, home of the Awa Odori.