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Time travelers' guide to 10 hidden Japanese treasures

Explore the history and mystery of 'Japan Heritage'

Otaimatsu, or great torch ritual, takes place at the summit of Mount Haguro in Yamagata Prefecture on New Year’s Eve.

TOKYO -- Though not quite in the same league as UNESCO World Heritage sites, ten underrated destinations in Japan, known for their natural beauty and cultural aura, rate highly as places of historical interest and are asking for increased public support.

Designated as "Japan Heritage" -- places the Agency for Cultural Affairs deem notable due to historical and cultural significance -- all ten locations have a distinctive vibe that makes for an interesting adventure into the past.

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