All About Japan Travel Awards 2017

All About Japan Travel Awards 2017

The best of Japan—as chosen by you!

All About Japan (AAJ) was launched in September 2015 with the aim of growing the number of Japan fans around the world. Last year we started the All About Japan Travel awards to mark our first anniversary, and we're happy to have brought them back to mark yet another great year of promoting the land of the rising sun! We asked readers to vote for their favorite pieces on AAJ, receiving thousands of votes from around the world. What pieces and what regions of Japan were most popular this year? You can see the results below!

  1. 01

    The Hill of Buddha — An Architectural Marvel

    Spoon & Tamago
    Hokkaido

    Normally a cemetery wouldn’t be on our list of recommended sites to see, but the Makomanai Cemetery is one of the most awe-inspiring places we’ve ever been.

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  2. 02

    Top 5 Spots on Tropical Ishigaki Island

    Robert Kodama
    Okinawa Pref.

    Ishigaki Island is home to some of the best places to visit in Japan. With frequent flights out of various domestic and international locations to Ishigaki, the island is becoming one of the hottest spots to visit in Okinawa Prefecture.

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  3. 03

    8 Ways to Go Deeper in Kanazawa

    Katrina Vinluan
    Ishikawa Pref.

    Kanazawa is a charming city, with pockets of - Nature - and a history of gold and other luxuries. Fairly accessible from Tokyo, it even serves as a good gateway to other nearby scenic spots in Nagano or Gifu Prefectures.

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  4. 04

    10 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Spring

    Nicholas Rich
    Tohoku Area

    Tohoku, the northernmost region of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, is perhaps best known for its incredible winter scenery and sports.

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  5. 05

    Hikone Castle: A National Treasure at 410

    Jinichi Segawa
    Shiga Pref.

    Hikone Castle is one of just four registered as National Treasures, and it celebrates the 410th anniversary of its construction in 2017.

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    All About Mount Fuji: A Comprehensive Guide

    Wendell T. Harrison

    Japan is known for many things around the world, but nothing stands out quite like Mount Fuji.

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    Top 20 Power Spots in Japan

    Michael Kanert

    "Power spots" are places believed to endow visitors with refreshing or healing energy.

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    Guide to the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route

    Robert Kodama

    Shinanami Kaido is 70-kilometer (43.5-mile) route connecting six islands over the Seto Inland Sea in west Japan.

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    Hoof It to Soma-Nomaoi Festival in Fukushima

    Robert Lewis

    The Soma-Nomai festival has been held, quite aptly, in the Soma region of Fukushima for a thousand years and it's still a modern-day thrill ride despite its firm ties to tradition.

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    Takayama Autumn Festival

    Josh Asano

    Along with Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and the Chichibu Yomatsuri in Saitama, the Takayama Festival rounds off the three largest festivals of Japan.

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  11. - Experience -

    10 Things to Do in Hokkaido After Yuki Matsuri

    Katrina Vinluan

    Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is the place where a snowy spectacle happens every February.

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