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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Osaka

Top Cities to Visit in the Kansai Region

Feb 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Osaka and Kyoto, but there’s so much more to see in the Kansai region of Japan. Some cities are vibrant and noisy, others are peaceful and...[ Click to read more ]

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...[ Click to read more ]

Heijo Palace in Nara

Top Things to Do in Nara

Jul 16, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With numerous temples and shrines, Nara is an important city for Japanese history and culture. It is also a top location for outdoor activities, especially during the fall for the...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Museums to Visit in Kansai

Jun 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

If you’re interested in culture, history or art, some of the best places to visit are museums. There are some fascinating and unique museums throughout Japan, and nowhere more so...[ Click to read more ]

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Your Guide to a Day at Nara Park in Nara City

May 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

There are numerous things to do and see in Nara City, but the most important attraction has to be Nara Park. Located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, it became...[ Click to read more ]

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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...[ Click to read more ]

Mt. Ikoma

Trekking in the Kansai Region

Aug 20, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Exploring the flora, fauna and historical attractions of a new place is sometimes the best way to appreciate it. Some people might think just walking around in the more populous...[ Click to read more ]

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Day Tours for Kids in the Kansai Region

Apr 25, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Traveling with kids can be very tricky business because not all places adults would love to visit can be kid-friendly or even interesting to little ones. A part of your...[ Click to read more ]

Noh Performance

Experience a Firelit Noh Performance at Nara’s Kofukuji Temple

Apr 24, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Traditional Noh performances might occur at temples across Japan, but Nara’s Kofukuji Temple is the original home of the sacred event, and seeing a performance there is a truly unforgettable...[ Click to read more ]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Some 1,300 years ago the Empress Genmei established the seat of power in the mountainous area of Heijō-kyō, and in doing so created the country's first ever permanent capital. With the nation...[ Click to read more ]