Top Owl Cafés in Osaka

Mar 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

There are all sorts of animal cafés around Japan, most of which feature pets like cats, dogs, hedgehogs, and reptiles. However, nothing beats spending time with some majestic owls while...[ Click to read more ]

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What to Expect from the Reopened Kansai International Airport

Mar 25, 2024 By Justin Hanus

After closing for renovations in 2021, the international terminal of Kansai International Airport reopened in December 2022. This was its first major renovation since it opened in 1994. A variety...[ Click to read more ]

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Easter in Kansai

Mar 25, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Are you an expat from a Christian country living in Japan? If so, you may have noticed a lack of general excitement each year around the Easter period. Although the...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Hanami Spots in Kansai

Feb 29, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Hanami is an annual event unique to Japan. The word means “flower viewing” and it relates to the springtime blooming of the flowers on cherry blossom trees (sakura) across Japan....[ Click to read more ]

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Sample Kansai Utility Bills and Usage Notices

Dec 04, 2023 By Admin

In Japan, residents are signed up for water, electricity, gas and Internet as utility payments - with the exclusion of some properties that have no gas, and are all electric...[ Click to read more ]

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Osaka

Sep 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest annual events at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. From the popular street zombies to frightening mazes, it features numerous attractions just for...[ Click to read more ]

Owning Pets in Kansai

Sep 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Are you moving to Kansai with a furry (or scaly) friend or looking to get one after settling in? Luckily, Japan is very pet-friendly, so you shouldn’t have too many...[ Click to read more ]

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Fascinating Towns Near Kyoto: Otsu, Uji, & Fushimi

Jul 24, 2023 By Justin Hanus

As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto is a huge city with plenty of things to see, but sometimes you may want a change of scenery and perhaps a bit...[ 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 ]

Exploring the Sacred Mountains of Kansai

Apr 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Mountains are sacred places in many cultures for reasons ranging from the inspirational views from the summits and their impressive heights (which are said to reach the heavens) to the...[ Click to read more ]