Rich in culture and history, the Kansai area includes seven prefectures: Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga. Kyoto, Nara and Osaka are popular tourist destinations.
The inner sanctuaries of Japan’s original capital are high on anyone’s list when visiting Kyoto. Yet walk out beyond the inner walls and into the surrounding public park and you will be rewarded with just as many discoveries.
June 10, 2017
So, what’s hot (no pun intended) this summer, as far as beer gardens in the Kansai region go? This year sees the return of a few old favourites as well as the emergence of a number of new contenders to the crown.
June 3, 2017
Japan is considered by many to be homogenous but Chinatown in Kobe really highlights how multicultural it can be. With some fun entertainment and surprising things to eat, this is definitely an escape from everyday Japanese life.
May 20, 2017
In Osaka, there are many locations with beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, such as the iconic Osaka Castle. This time, I would like to introduce a district where a huge part of it is covered in cherry blossoms, Sakuranomiya.
April 8, 2017
Basically, friends and family gather together, get lots of food and drinks, find some space near the trees in a local park, and proceed to eat, drink and be merry. Lets take a tour of the top 5 places to enjoy this hanami season in Hyogo prefecture whilst avoiding the big crowds.
March 15, 2017
Takeda Castle is now one of the top 100 famous castles in Japan due to its stone walls and spectacular views, despite being in ruins. It is possible to witness a sea of clouds surrounding the castle, making it appear as a castle floating in the sky, commonly referred to as “Castle in the Sky” or “The Machu Picchu of Japan”.
March 4, 2017
Taking slower trains allows you not only the time to relax and unwind...but it also allows you to reconnect with nature and remind yourself of just how beautiful a country Japan really is.
February 27, 2017
I love understanding history and the relationship between our different cultures. Living in Osaka presents me with the door to the biggest Korean community in all of Japan located in Ikuno’s Tsuruhashi.
February 24, 2017