Harvest Time in Kansai

Sep 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Harvest time in autumn/fall is important across the world. Each region has different rituals associated with this time of year (September – November). In Japan, the autumn harvest is celebrated with festivals and events in each region, many of which aren't that different from those you'd find in the US...[ Click to read more ]

Water Sports in Kansai

Aug 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Are you looking for a chance to try your hand at some water-based activities in the Kansai region? You can find plenty of lakes, rivers, and beaches where qualified instructors offer the chance to try a range of sports ranging from the relaxing to the nerve-racking. Sumo Tubing on Lake...[ Click to read more ]

Great Camping Venues in Kansai

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Camping is a great way to experience the outdoors in an authentic fashion. Camping is a popular pastime for those wanting to escape the crowded neon-lit urban areas of Japan. With an abundance of parks, beaches, mountains, and forests surrounding its cities, Kansai offers many natural delights to campers. You...[ Click to read more ]

Practicing Shibori in Kyoto

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Although most people associate tie-dye with 60s hippie fashion, it’s also a traditional art in Japan. However, shibori is quite different from Western tie-dye. For one thing, pieces are often far more detailed. For another, it has a much longer history. Shibori dates back to at least the 8th century,...[ Click to read more ]

Best Beaches in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

The Kansai region is perhaps better known for its urban life and attractions in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe but the area also has a surprising number of beaches along its coastlines in both the north and south. These beaches attract many locals and tourists in the summer...[ Click to read more ]

How to Learn Zazen

By Justin Hanus

People from around the world are becoming more interested in learning zazen — the Zen style of meditation — due to its benefits for mental and physical health. Practicing zazen regularly is ideal if you feel like you’re rushing through life, as it gives you the chance to slow down...[ Click to read more ]

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Museums in Kansai Offering Virtual Tours

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

It’s frustrating to know that there are numerous things to see outside when you’re stuck indoors. The good news is you can now visit multiple museums throughout Kansai without leaving your home by taking a free virtual tour. Kobe City Museum Discover archaeological artifacts, artwork, historic documents, and maps all...[ Click to read more ]

Great Summer Walks in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Kansai is famed not just for its bustling cities such as Kyoto and Osaka but also for its many mountains, parks, and trails that offer a great walking day out. Whether you're looking for a gentle scenic stroll or something a bit more challenging, there are many options across the...[ Click to read more ]

Great Places to See a Sunset in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Sunsets can provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening or be a fitting endpoint for a nice walk. With many high vantage points across the region as well as great natural scenery, Kansai boasts several ideal spots to watch the sun go down in the evening. If you fancy...[ Click to read more ]

Best Capsule Hotels in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

An experience every visitor to Japan needs to have is a stay in a capsule hotel. These budget accommodation options provide you with a cubicle rather than a full-size room. Although they tend to be basic, they can be very comfortable and often provide you with everything you need, including...[ Click to read more ]