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Fireworks festivals are BIG in Japan, both in scale and in popularity. They are held all over the country, particularly during the summer, with a visit to a fireworks festival being a quintessential Japanese summer activity.

See the list below for some of the most popular fireworks festivals around, throw on your yukata, grab some snacks (and beers, if you wish), and enjoy!

[ Festival, Summer | published 2012.07.11 | PermaLink ]

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Pictured above: Kozantei Ubuya

It goes without saying that seeing Mt. Fuji at least once is a must. You can visit the iconic (and volcanic) peak on tours or even climb it overnight to watch the sunrise from the top, but one of the most popular ways to enjoy Mt. Fuji is gazing at it from afar, particularly from a relaxing hot spring in the Fuji Five Lakes area for example. Below, find our top recommendations for hot spring-equipped inns and hotels that are ideal for taking in Mt. Fuji's splendor, listed in order of ratings given by JAPANiCAN.com customers.

[ Hotel, Mt. Fuji, Onsen (Hot Springs), Ryokan | published 2012.06.14 | PermaLink ]

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One of the things that makes Hokkaido so popular is its wide open spaces, but this same spaciousness can make getting around a bit tricky. Luckily, many hotels, ryokan, and resorts offer free shuttle service! Check out our recommendations below for some of the most popular hot spring resorts with free shuttle service from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport!

[ Hokkaido, Hotel, Onsen (Hot Springs), Ryokan | published 2012.06.01 | PermaLink ]

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Get the lowdown on some of what Ishikawa Prefecture has to offer!

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I was recently invited to Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, which just so happens to be the official hotel (and spa) of Fuji-Q Highland (Japan's premier amusement park that is not completely cartoon and/or movie themed). After scrutinizing my boss to see if she was jerking my chain when she asked me if I wanted to visit Fuji-Q on business, I feigned professionalism and calmly accepted the assignment (while inner me jumped up and down and giggled like a 5 year old). And thus, I was off to Fuji-Q on a somewhat sunny Saturday at the end of April.

[ Hotel | published 2012.05.18 | PermaLink ]

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