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John Asano
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Japan traveler and blogger from Japan Australia
Japan traveler and blogger from Japan Australia

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Shirakawago has a special place in my heart with its beautiful scenery and traditional old farmhouses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Gifu Prefecture’s must-see travel destinations and is famous for its collection of thatched roof houses built in the gassho-zukuri style. One of the best times to visit the village is during winter for the Shirakawago Light Up Event, which runs every weekend from January 19th, 2019 to February 17th, 2019. The Shirakawago Tourist Association has partnered with Japankuru Funding, a crowdfunding service to create a community made guidebook for this amazing event https://japan-australia.blogspot.com/2018/11/shirakawago-light-up-event.html
Shirakawago Light Up Event
Shirakawago Light Up Event
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Fall colours at Lake Kawaguchiko with Mt. Fuji in the background.

Source: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forget-cherry-blossoms-why-fall-may-be-best-time-visit-japan-180970740/
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Sogenji Temple in Okayama is a monastery that welcomes foreigners from around the world seeking to learn about the Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.
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November in Japan is a great time to travel with clear blue skies and crisp autumn days. There are quite a few traditional cultural festivals happening around this time of the year. Check out some of our favourites in our latest post.

Festivals and Events for November 2018 in Japan http://japantraveladvice.com/festivals-events-november-japan/
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If you are a samurai fan like myself, check out the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Okayama Prefecture. Bizen was one of the five major sword making centres in Japan due to its iron rich mountains and location as a transportation hub. Here you can witness traditional sword forging techniques and view some of the many precious swords that are on display.
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Amazing view of Setouchi from the Ushimado Olive Grove. The Setouchi Inland Sea is called the “Aegean Sea of Japan”.
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Dry-aged Okayama Beef for breakfast. What could be better?
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Beautiful sunset tonight on the Seto Inland Sea in Ushimado, Okayama Prefecture. It is regarded as being one of the Top 100 Sunsets in Japan.
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Trying our hand at some Bizen-yaki Pottery in Bizen, Okayama. Can you guess which one is mine?
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Bizen Pottery is renowned for its strength and beauty throughout Japan. It is said to be so strong that even if you throw it, it will not break easily. It also keeps beer colder and coffee hotter for longer. Both good things in my book.
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