Road Trips in Kansai

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Road trips are a great way of experiencing the natural visual delights a country has to offer. Japan has an excellent public transport network, but many people prefer to travel by car. For those living in the Kansai region, there are some great day trips and short trips to by...[ Click to read more ]

Watch Some Sumo Wrestling at the 2019 Grand Tournament in Osaka

By Justin Hanus

Sumo wrestling is a sport uniquely associated with Japan. Although not all professional sumo wrestlers are Japanese, the sport originated in Japan, and it remains the only country where it is practiced professionally. When people across the world think of sumo, they will undoubtedly conjure up images of two heavyweight...[ Click to read more ]

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Crab Season in Kansai

Jan 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the crustaceans across Japan. During the winter, crab imports from the Sea of Japan spread throughout the country providing restaurants and...[ Click to read more ]

Fun Things to Do in Kansai 2019

Dec 22, 2018 By Justin Hanus

The New Year is upon us and attention turns for many on resolutions for the year ahead. For those of you who have pledged to get out and try new things in 2019, here is a selection of fun things on offer in Kansai that will create a few memories...[ Click to read more ]

How to Use your Suica on the Shinkansen

Nov 30, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

One of the first things anyone traveling around Tokyo should do is to pick up a Suica or Pasmo transit card. The main advantage being that it speeds entering and exiting the fare gates, and gives a small discount since all transit agencies round up their cash fares to avoid...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 22, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese lunar calendar where the dates each year were not fixed. But now the New Year is locked into January 1...[ Click to read more ]

Local Music in Kansai

Nov 19, 2018 By Justin Hanus

If you relocate to the Kansai region and are interested in live music, you'll be pleased to hear that there is a vibrant music scene spanning many genres. Japan has a good reputation internationally for producing artists from pop to avant garde, and Kansai is a hub where you can...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving Dining in Kansai

Oct 15, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Although Japan has its own Thanksgiving Day in November, the holiday isn't celebrated in quite the same style as in North America. However, with a growing American expat community in Japan, Thanksgiving on the third Thursday in November is beginning to take hold in the Japanese calendar. Outside of Tokyo,...[ Click to read more ]

Unusual Attractions in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Kansai has plenty of attractions that draw millions of tourists in each year, but perhaps you're looking for something a little less obvious than the many castles, temples, and parks that can be seen in its cities. Fear not, for there is plenty to see and visit that will give...[ Click to read more ]

Popular Winter Meals in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

With the winter season fast approaching, it will soon be time to stock the cupboards with ingredients to make some warming meals. Japan has plenty of popular dishes for the winter season, and the Kansai region has its own take on winter cuisine. Here are a few of the most...[ Click to read more ]

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