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.
Japan has many different ways to travel cross-country. When all has been said about the common methods–bullet train, airplane, and bus–what is it like driving by automobile? This experience made me see a different side of Japan from behind the wheel.
September 16, 2017
As the lazy days of summer fade away and energy returns, the autumn brings with it wonderful seasonal festivals all across the beautiful country of Japan. Here is a sampling to wet your appetite and get you excited about this fantastic season!
September 11, 2017
Shinsaibashi is one of Japan’s most vibrant and fastest-growing shopping venues. Be sure to drop by for a visit next time you are in Osaka!
September 2, 2017
With a shaded sitting area, a children’s park, a beautiful view of Awaji Bridge, and most importantly the opportunity to enjoy a barbeque meal at the corner of the beach, Asagiri Beach is a highly attractive summer destination.
August 24, 2017
Soft meowing played over a loudspeaker outside the cafe. For me, a feline fan, the lure was irresistible!
August 5, 2017
Located in the mountains north of downtown Kyoto, Kifune Shrine is considered a power spot with a Shinto deity that grants wishes for love and matchmaking. The area is also famous for river dining called kawadoko, and nagashi somen.
July 15, 2017
The Gion Matsuri, and the events in and around it, runs for an entire month: beginning on July 1st and running until July 31st.
July 10, 2017
And nowhere, perhaps, are the origins of the country more numerous and varied than along the road known as the Yamanobe-no-michi.
July 1, 2017
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