Great Street Food in Kansai

Jan 21, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There are plenty of street food outlets across Kansai for those looking for food-on-the-go. Street food gives you the chance to sample some tasty dishes unique to the region, all at pretty reasonable prices. Here is a selection of top bites to look for. Takoyaki The quintessential Osaka street snack,...[ Click to read more ]

Watching Sumo matches in Jungyo Exhibition Tour

Dec 25, 2019 By Chiho

Watching sumo is one of the most authentic attractions in Japan. The annual grand tournaments are held only in odd months; January, May, and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya, and November in Fukuoka. You don't want to miss the tournament matches if you happen to be...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2019 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 ]

Traditional Kansai Winter Drinks

Nov 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The winter months in the Kansai region can get pretty cold, so what better way to warm yourself up than with a nice warm drink. These tasty beverages can be enjoyed throughout the year but make an especially welcome treat during the winter period. Japanese tea Tea is the most...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Kansai

Nov 19, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai region. Get out of the house and away from your kerosene heater to see as many of the winter illuminations as possible this December. They’ll leave you feeling full of...[ Click to read more ]

The Nipponbashi Street Festa in Osaka

Oct 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Back in 2005, Osaka was not nearly as popular a tourist destination as it is today. The city decided to host a cosplay and otaku festival called Nipponbashi Street Festa to improve things, and it was a huge success. In the first year, 130,00 tourists came to see the festival,...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

With the growing community of American expats, Thanksgiving Day is starting to make its mark in Japan. This traditional American feast takes place on the third Thursday of November. Japan has its own Labor Thanksgiving Day, on the 23rd of November, but an increasing number of restaurants and food stores...[ Click to read more ]

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Great Places to Spot Wildlife in Kansai

Sep 24, 2019 By Justin Hanus

People often associate Japan with busy neon-lit modern cities, but there are plenty of beautiful open spaces across the country where you can enjoy nature and wildlife. The Kansai region has parks, rivers, and mountains where you can head along to and see if you can spot creatures roaming or...[ Click to read more ]

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka

Aug 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

With more than 300 years of history, the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is the oldest Danjiri Festival in Japan. Such festivals are held right throughout the country, but for most Japanese, if you say 'Danjiri Matsuri' this is the one, with its raucousness and inherent danger, that springs to mind. The...[ Click to read more ]

Top Cat Cafés in Kansai

Aug 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Big cities in Japan are known for their vibrant energy, but sometimes residents and tourists want a break from all this activity. In response, cat cafés have been popping up all over the country. These are much like regular coffee shops but there are cats wandering around freely for patrons...[ Click to read more ]