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Captivating Koinobori: Exploring Japan's May Festivities

May 03, 2024

Captivating Koinobori: Exploring Japan's May Festivities

May is one of the most refreshing and delightful seasons for tourists visiting Japan.

As we step into early May, you may have noticed a charming sight across Japan - colorful carp streamers fluttering in the breeze, adorning the yards of homes and public spaces.

These are none other than the iconic "koinobori" - carp streamers - renowned as a symbol of Japan. For those visiting Japan for the first time, the vibrant display of these streamers is a must-see spectacle. Koinobori, a traditional decoration, is prominently displayed across Japan on May 5th, known as Children's Day.

This custom, rooted in ancient Chinese legend, tells the tale of brave carp swimming upstream, overcoming waterfalls to transform into dragons. Symbolizing the wish for children's growth and family prosperity, this legend traveled to Japan, where it became ingrained in tradition.

Koinobori represents not only Japan's traditions but also the bond of family. It offers a splendid opportunity to experience Japan's rich history and profound culture through its beautiful symbolism. So, if you find yourself in Japan in May, don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in this enchanting sight of koinobori dancing gracefully in the spring breeze.

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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