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Summer tradition! One of the three top Tanabata festivals in Japan "Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival"

Shonan Area 4h30m

Hiratsuka is famed for the Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival. Please enjoy the most vivid Tanabata decorations in all of Japan! The main venue "Shonan Star Mall" is filled with these splendid decorations.

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Hiratsuka City Museum

At this museum located in Hiratsuka, the exhibits on each floor have individual themes, and there is even a planetarium set up in the star-themed area. The rich content that includes amusing stories about the constellations and the latest information about our universe is very popular with children.

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Fureai Zoo

The Fureai Zoo is home to many small animals, including small birds like parrots and Java sparrows and large birds like peacocks. There are also raccoons, and even the rare squirrel monkey. The zoo has a petting area where visitors can hold and touch cute little guinea pigs and bunnies. Spend a relaxing time getting close to a variety of animals.

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Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

The Tanabata Festival is held all throughout the city, with its base in the Hiratsuka Station North Entrance shopping district. As one of Japan’s big three Tanabata festivals, this huge festival is immensely popular. The highlight of the festival are the food stands lining the main shopping street, above which hang large Tanabata decorations that color the entire arcade. Countless tourists floc...

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