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Popular Seafood Markets and Ports in the Kansai Region

May 23, 2018 by Justin Hanus

One of the countries that’s so well known for their seafood and how they’ve gloriously incorporated it in their culture is Japan. Their sushi is a worldwide favorite and a must have in all Japanese restaurants in the world. But where else could you get the freshest and most delicately prepared seafood dishes than in […]

Day Tours for Kids in the Kansai Region

April 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 itinerary should include amusement parks, theme parks, museums for kids, zoos and the list goes on. Luckily, adults also can enjoy these tours and kids […]

Miyako Odori – Geisha Dancing in Kyoto

March 26, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

The geisha is perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan, an icon that conjures up images of beauty, grace and a time of pre-industrial Japanese tradition. Perhaps the most famous geisha are the geiko of Kyoto (geisha translates as “person of the arts”, yet the geisha of Kyoto prefer the name geiko, “arts child”). Centralized […]

Gozan no Okuribi – Kyoto’s Obon Fire-Fest

July 11, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

The festival of Obon, a buddhist celebration of ancestors, is celebrated across Japan from the 13th-15th of August (excepting some regional variants).  During Obon, the spirits of ancestors return to this world to visit family altars, though they are not limited to that location! At the culmination of this festival, in Kyoto, is the Gozan […]

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