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.

  • Mount Mitake
    December 5th, 2012By Category: Outdoor/Sports
    Mt Mitake also called Mitake-san (御岳山) is a great day trip from Tokyo that you will not find in most travel guides. It’s the prefect escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and a place to appreciate some beautiful nature and views. At this time of the year it is ... » Continue Reading
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    Winter Illuminations in Japan
    November 2nd, 2012By Category: Events
    During the colder months in Japan a lot of places put on spectacular night time illuminations. The illuminations usually start late autumn and last until early February. Most are FREE and definitely worth checking out as they are a highlight of winter in Japan. ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Onsen (Hot Springs)
    October 22nd, 2012By Category: Culture, Travel
    Japanese onsen (温泉) are a must try experience in Japan and are pretty much everywhere due to all the volcanic activity. There are thousands of onsen spread across the country. Onsen can range from everyday bath-houses to mountain retreats and onsen towns that specia ... » Continue Reading
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    Hanami – Cherry Blossom Viewing
    October 10th, 2012By Category: Culture, Events, Travel
    Hanami (花見) or cherry blossom viewing is a popular past-time during the spring in Japan. The Japanese love to celebrate this time of year with hanami parties under the blooming cherry blossom trees. It is a traditional custom that has taken place for hundreds of ... » Continue Reading
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    The Tastes of Japan
    September 18th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    Japan is one of the best foodie places on the planet with a wide variety of dishes and regional specialities. Japan as we know it today is a relatively modern invention. Before the Meiji Restoration, Japan was a collection of states and regions each with its ow ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Ryokan
    September 11th, 2012By Category: Travel
    What is a Japanese ryokan Staying at a Japanese ryokan (旅館) or traditional style inn is one of the must have experiences on any trip to Japan. A Japanese ryokan provides the opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture and customs. These include staying in a ... » Continue Reading
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    The Japan Rail Pass
    September 4th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Japan’s rail services are one of the best in the world. They are extremely efficient and go just about everywhere in Japan. If you plan to do a lot of travelling in Japan then you should consider the Japan Rail Pass. The pass allows for unlimited travel on ... » Continue Reading
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    10 Things to do on a Budget in Tokyo
    August 28th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Tokyo, Japan’s modern capital is one of the most exciting places on the planet, but this doesn’t mean a holiday to this amazing destination has to break the bank. Like most places in the world, a trip to Tokyo can be done either in luxury or on a shoestring ... » Continue Reading
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    The Rules of Sushi
    August 28th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Like most things in Japanese life there are precise codes and formalities involved with eating the national dish of sushi. Its preparation, presentation and consumption are subject to a surprising number of rules. Here are some of the most important sushi eti ... » Continue Reading
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    Getting to Tokyo from Narita Airport
    August 21st, 2012By Category: Travel
    There are a few options available for you to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport and these include taxi, bus and trains. Taxis are the most expensive means with a taxi to downtown Tokyo costing between 20,000 yen – 30,000 yen depending on the final destination ... » Continue Reading