Things to do in Kansai, Japan

2018.10.19 NEW
How to Spend a Weekend in Kyoto: An Efficient Two-Day Itinerary
With its deep, rich history and thousands of temples and shrines, a visit to Kyoto is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. I've had the pleasure of
2018.10.09
Discover Saihoji: The Ancient Moss Temple of Kyoto
It is said that Kyoto is home to thousands of  temples and shrines. You've probably already heard of the most famous ones: Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavil
2017.08.04
The beautiful Bugaku and Noh play are performed at the stage on the pond in Nara Tōdai-ji temple to commemorate a deed of Emperor Shomu!
’The Emperor Shomu Festival’ is held for Emperor Shomu, for his contribution to the construction of Tōdai-ji Temple and the Great Buddha, on every May
2017.07.27
Emperor Shomu Festival, Nara Tōdai-ji Temple. Don’t miss the 300-Buddhist monks’ procession!
The Emperor Shomu Festival is a Buddhist memorial service held annually for Emperor Shomu on May 2 at Tōdai-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture. The famous G
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2017.05.20
Don’t miss the Manjyu festival and famous Japanese sweets shop中西与三郎(Nakanishi Yosaburou)!
Rin Shrine (林神社) enshrines Jōin RIN (林 浄因) who brought steamed bean-paste buns (Manjyu) from China, and it is located on the ground of Kongo Shrine (漢
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2017.04.14
Let’s find Onigawara! A part of traditional Japanese architecture at temples in Nara!
When visiting temples in Nara Prefecture, you’ll see ‘Onigawara’ on the roof tops and on the ends of the ridges of a gate. Onigawara is a roof ornamen
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2017.04.12
【SPRING】The symbol of Mt.Yoshino! Let’s take a walk around Kinpusenji Temple under the cherry blossoms in full bloom!!
Simo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon and Oku-senbon in Mt.Yoshino all bloom in chronological order starting from early April through late April. So
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2017.04.08
【SPRING】The best place to see cherry blossoms at Mt. Yoshino! Takizakura is a must go spot!!
Mt. Yoshino is well known since the old times for the best cherry blossom site in Japan. Simo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon and Oku-senbon in Mt.
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2017.04.07
【SPRING】See cherry blossoms, deer and temples altogether at Nara Park
When you visit Nara, please stop by Nara Park. You can enjoy the scenery of their shrines and temples, as well as the deer and cherry blossoms. Nara
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2017.03.15
【SPRING】Mt. Yoshino in Nara is Japan's best location for viewing cherry blossoms! You can enjoy 30,000 cherry blossom trees!
Mt. Yoshino has many cherry blossom trees as well as 200 different other types of trees. These cherry blossom trees are called Hitome-Senbon(一目千本), a
2017.03.05
【SPRING】The Keage Incline in Kyoto is a great photo spot! Walk on the train tracks in a shower of falling cherry blossom petals.
Each year during the cherry blossom season, the Keage Incline shows us beautiful scenery. You can enjoy walking along beautiful rows of cherry blossom
2017.03.04
【SPRING】Yawaragi no michi along the Nanatani River, is a hidden place to see gorgeous cherry blossoms in Kameoka, Kyoto.
Kameoka city in Kyoto is my favorite place to enjoy beautiful nature and delicious food. It is located 8 minutes by train from Arashiyama, the most po
2017.02.19
Roof tiles that ward off evil called Shōki-san. Tips for finding Shōki-gawara in the Naramachi area!
“Naramachi” is a district that covers one fourth of the south side of the old town of Nara city, and many townhouses from the end of Edo Period to the
2017.02.14
The only Manju shrine in Japan! Visit Rin Shrine in Nara to get to know the history of Manju.
Rin Shrine (林神社) enshrines Jōin RIN (林 浄因) who brought steamed bean-paste buns (Manju) from China, and it is located on the ground of Kongo Shrine (漢國
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2017.01.19
The Great Buddha is surprisingly big! The beautiful statues at Nara Todai-ji temple.
Nara’s famous Buddha statue is a colossal piece of artwork by 8th century craftsmen. How large is it? Its palm is 2.56 meters and its total height is