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John Asano

John Asano is a blogger and travel writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he writes about must-see sights and attractions at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese travel and culture on his blog, Japan Australia.

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Stroll Through Time to the Historic Edo Period in Takehara City

Explore Hiroshima’s ‘Little Kyoto’ while enjoying its handmade crafts, local noodles, sake heritage and traditional family homes and warehouses.

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Chasing the Gods’ Crossing On Lake Suwa in Nagano

Crackling ice forms this natural phenomenon over the lake that inspired the 2016 anime “Your Name” (“Kimi no Na Wa”). Will this elusive anomaly make an appearance this year?

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Festivals of Japan: Sanja Matsuri

See one of Tokyo’s biggest, best and wildest festivals close up at the Sanja Matsuri.

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A Guide to the Sapporo Snow Festival

Headed to Japan's most popular winter festival this year? Or thinking to book a last-minute trip? Here's a guide for what you need to know before you go.

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Top 5 Must-See Places in Japan for 2017

Dream of visiting Japan? There's no time like the present!

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Osaka Tenjin Matsuri

The Tenjin Matsuri, which literally means “festival of the gods,” first started in the 10th century and is held every year in Osaka on July 24th and July 25th.

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Top 5 Must See Places in Japan for 2016

Make 2016 the year you visit Japan!

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Festivals of Japan: Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Otaru is a port city steeped in a rich history located near Niseko on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

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Festivals of Japan: Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival in Nara

Originating in the 18th century, the burning of Mount Wakakusa is one of Japan’s most spectacular winter festivals.

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Festivals of Japan: Santera Mairi Festival

The town is also famous for its spectacular festivals with one of the best and most famous being the Santera Mairi Festival.

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Festivals of Japan: Nozawa Fire Festival

The event climaxes in a massive bonfire as the wooden shrine succumbs to the flames of the attackers and is offered to the gods.

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Festivals of Japan: Dezome-shiki (New Year’s Parade of Firemen) in Tokyo

The highlight and main attraction of the event is the amazing ladder stunts, which have a long history behind them.

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