John Asano is a blogger, web developer and freelance writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he writes about the must see sights and attractions in Japan at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese culture and events on his blog Japan Australia.
See one of Tokyo’s biggest, best and wildest festivals close up at the Sanja Matsuri.
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.
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.
Otaru is a port city steeped in a rich history located near Niseko on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.
Originating in the 18th century, the burning of Mount Wakakusa is one of Japan’s most spectacular winter festivals.
The town is also famous for its spectacular festivals with one of the best and most famous being the Santera Mairi 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.
The highlight and main attraction of the event is the amazing ladder stunts, which have a long history behind them.
The Oga no Namahage Festival features namahage, a strange deity resembling a demon, which is known as oni in Japanese.
The legend of the 47 ronin is the ultimate story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence and honour.