Area: Kansai (Page7)
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.
Like many art forms, wagashi making is an effort of practice and instructions, two things you can experience yourself in some of Japan’s most renowned wagashi shops. In Kyoto you have the chance to do make tradition with your own hands at Kanshundo Honten.
July 20, 2016
As these sunnier times come into focus and the deluge of the mid-June rainy season subsides, we are once again left to ponder how best to enjoy the rather clement weather while it is still here. For many people in Osaka, it comes down to one of 3 choices: the beach, the beer garden or the barbecue.
July 20, 2016
If you are looking for an unforgettable fireworks experience this summer and you’re in Osaka, check out the PL Art of Fireworks festival!
July 17, 2016
Japan, the dream travelling destination for so many, has a very small percentage of Muslim residents, mostly students or workers from Muslim countries. Nevertheless, the number of Muslim tourists, especially from neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, has been increasing yearly, making it necessary for Japan to accommodate the basic needs of these tourists.
June 27, 2016
It may only be the end of June as I write this, but already, rainy season is ending, the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the beer gardens are calling to me. Yes, dear readers and friends, summer is here in Osaka.
June 27, 2016
Japan is famous for its food. It was even recognized as the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013. Yet, when it comes to vegetarian, options can seem rather scarce. Recently we visited Kyoto and Osaka for sightseeing and had to find something we could eat, both meat-free and delicious.
June 25, 2016
What can you do on a rainy afternoon in Kyoto? The city of course is featuring wonderful museums, a testimony of its central role in Japanese history, culture and art, which you don’t want to miss. But if you really want to dig into the atmosphere of a neighborhood of Kyoto, never mind the rain.
June 22, 2016
Amongst all the various highlights, the two undoubted gems in the gleaming crown that is Kansai are Kyoto and Osaka. These two magnificent cities are frequently top of the travel list for those tourists brave enough to venture beyond the old favourites of Tokyo and Yokohama.
June 18, 2016
Well, it finally had to happen. It’s been more than 30 years now since the original movie came out, but nonetheless, I am very saddened to see the demise of the world famous “Back to the Future” ride at Universal Studios Japan. So what is new for 2016?
June 13, 2016
Only at Imamiya Shrine, can you find the 1000-year-old traditional Kyoto confection, aburi-mochi which is roasted rice cakes skewered on a bamboo stick. Just 2 kilometers from the famous Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). One may go to Kyoto for sightseeing, but in my opinion, you’re not in Kyoto yet if you haven’t tried it.
June 11, 2016
After the crowd in Central Kyoto, the wide and sprawling space and parks in Nara is such a welcome break. You can almost feel you are one with nature, especially since deer are roaming freely around. One such place is the Kasugayama Primeval Forest and the Garden of Kasuga Taisha Shrine. A World Heritage Site and considered a sacred forest. But then as you walk further down the road, this warm and cozy-looking café is right there by the roadside. Welcome to the Kasuga Ninai Jaya!
June 8, 2016
For those of us who are looking for something a little bit different and off the beaten track, I recommend “The Dragon Route of Central Japan”. This new route offers visitors beautiful natural landscapes as well as a taste of traditional Japanese culture and history in a way that lets you explore the heart of Japan and its culture.
June 6, 2016