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New Year Celebrations in Kansai

Dec 27, 2023 By Justin Hanus

New Year (Shogatsu) is a time for big celebration in Japan. Seen as a period of cleansing and renewal as well as an opportunity to welcome in the New Year,...[ Click to read more ]

Best International Schools in Kobe

Dec 27, 2023 By Justin Hanus

It may not be among the most famous cities in Japan but Kobe is one of the best locations for international schools outside of Tokyo. This is on account of...[ Click to read more ]

Best Gyms in Kobe

Sep 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Whether living in Kobe or spending some time in the city, you may want to hit the gym at some point. You have plenty of options, including day passes (which...[ Click to read more ]

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Boat Trips in Kansai

Jul 24, 2023 By Justin Hanus

With so many picturesque waterways spread across the region, Kansai is the perfect Japanese location for a boat trip. Whether you fancy a relaxing cruise or a white-knuckle downriver jaunt,...[ Click to read more ]

Fruit Picking in Kansai

Jul 23, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Picking fresh fruit is a popular – and refreshing – pastime in Japan. In the Kansai region, there are many farms and orchards where you can roam around and pluck...[ Click to read more ]

What You’ll Find at Shinkaichi Art Plaza in Kobe

Jun 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Kobe has long been an important place for pop culture in Japan. Shinkaichi Art Plaza provides a venue to nurture all kinds of art forms, including theater, film-making, music, visual...[ Click to read more ]

Skate Parks in Kansai

Jun 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Japan is experiencing something of a skateboarding wave since it showcased the sport during the recent Tokyo Olympics. Many purpose-built skateboarding facilities have sprung up over the last few years,...[ Click to read more ]

Seeing Seto, a Four-Day Tour Around the Seto Island Sea

Jun 27, 2023 By Bert Wishart

Recently, when enjoying a couple of leisurely afternoon pints in The Hub, my wife Mai and I chatted with an Aussie lad in Japan on his 'trip of a lifetime.'...[ Click to read more ]

Camping in Kansai

May 19, 2023 By Justin Hanus

With summer on our doorstep, our attention turns to the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy nature for a few days than heading off on a camping excursion? Kansai...[ Click to read more ]

The Best Hostels in Kobe

May 19, 2023 By Justin Hanus

If you want to spend time in Kobe but are on a tight budget, staying at a hostel may be your best option. The good news is you have some...[ Click to read more ]