Ben Groundwater

Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.

Japan's calendar has plenty happening throughout the year to keep visitors entertained.

The best time to visit Japan

There's always something to do in Japan. There's always a festival on, always a celebration taking place, always some particular food to eat or place to go.

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