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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.

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Festivals of Japan: Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri in Nara Park

The Grand Festival of Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine was first held in the 12th century to pray for the end of an epidemic plague and for a rich harvest.

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Festivals of Japan: Chichibu Yomatsuri

The Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of the most spectacular winter festivals in Japan and is only a short trip away from Tokyo.

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Festivals of Japan: Arashiyama Momiji Festival in Kyoto

The Arashiyama Momiji Festival is a beautiful and colourful autumn festival that takes place in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto.

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Festivals of Japan: Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu

The Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu commemorates the journey of Japan’s daimyo from the capital Edo to the provinces during the Edo Period.

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Festivals of Japan: Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri

The Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri features daily parades, spectacular historical floats and powerful performances.

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Festivals of Japan: Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto

The Jidai Matsuri is held every October 22, which is the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto.

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Festivals of Japan: Takayama Autumn Festival

The Takayama Autumn Festival is one of Japan’s biggest and most famous festivals attracting a large number of spectators every year

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Festivals of Japan: Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

The Nagasaki Kunchi Festival is one of Japan’s most colourful and vibrant festivals.

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Festivals of Japan: Gifu Nobunaga Festival

The highlight of the festival is the warrior procession featuring several of Japan’s most famous historic figures and warriors.

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The National Treasure: Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle’s main tower is the oldest in existence in Japan and has been designated a National Treasure of Japan

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Festivals of Japan: Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is considered to be Osaka’s wildest festival and is kind of like their running of the bulls.

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Festivals of Japan: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Matsuri in Kamakura

The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Matsuri is a traditional festival full of ancient rituals and powerful performances.

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