Annual “Furusato Matsuri Tokyo” is back for this year for the ninth time. “Traditional performances and foods from all over Japan” is the theme of this event, which is held at Tokyo Dome from January 7th to 15th, featuring regional festivals and more than 300 local foods from all over Japan.
The main attraction is, above all, the lively performances. A variety of local festivals is re-enacted including “Aomori Nebuta Festival” (Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture) that visitors voted the best festival and “Hirosaki Neputa Festival” (Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture) that features parade floats with paintings of brave samurai. You can experience local culture and traditions, watching lively local dances like Eisa Dance of Okinawa, Morioka Sansa Odori and Yosakoi Dance of Kochi and listening to powerful beats of Japanese drums.
In the popular program called “Japan Local Donburi Championship,” 15 kinds of donburi will compete for the first place. The contestants are 9 donburi that won the preliminary contests held in September, 5 donburi that were ranked high in the last year’s contest and 1 donburi that is recommended by the organizers.
In addition, “Tasty! Spicy! Local Spicy-Hot Colosseum” will open for the first time. Under the theme of “extremely spicy,” five restaurants from Hokkaido, Tochigi, Tokyo and Kyoto will present their spicy yet delicious foods. Check out the “Furusato Matsuri limited-in-Tokyo extremely spicy menu,” a special menu for this year’s event only. Spicy food lovers will surely find joy in the numerous spicy foods that are waiting to be tasted.
There are various sections that host different events at “Furusato Matsuri.” “Choinose Ichiba (Tasty Little Bowl Market)” lets you have a taste of side dishes from all over Japan such as spicy cod roe from Hakata and Omi beef steak skewer from Shiga. Local Sweets Marche presents new line of unique local desserts made by famous restaurants all around Japan. “Ikemen Stamp Rally” is a special event where you get to try a number of different kinds of noodles. Please come and enjoy the fusion of festival performances and delicious foods from all over Japan.
A guide app for “Furusato Matsuri” is scheduled to be launched. Audio guidance and information about the event including introductions of donburi in “Japan Local Donburi Championship” are offered in Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified Chinese) and Korean for free.
Duration: From January 7th, 2017 - January 15th Hours during the event: 10:00 – 21:00 (10th to 19:00/15th to 18:00) Admission fee: At-the-door ticket: 1,600 yen (advance ticket: 1,400 yen) There are advance tickets that come with specially assigned seats as well as weekday tickets and evening tickets. http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/ http://furusato-matsuri.net/