Trekking in the Kansai Region

August 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 parts of a city or country and enjoying their cuisine is good enough to experience what the place has to offer. Others find it more […]

Experience a Firelit Noh Performance at Nara’s Kofukuji Temple

April 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 experience. Noh, which is derived from a Japanese word meaning “talent,” is a coveted musical drama performance that began in the 14th century and has […]

8 Most Popular Hiking Tours in the Kansai Region

March 23, 2018 by Justin Hanus

One of the best ways to enjoy a new place is to walk around and visit the attractions. But if you’re up for adventures that take hours of marveling beautiful landscapes and historical sites, it calls for leisurely hikes along popular trails and pilgrimage routes. Many countries boast of the best and most scenic trails […]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

August 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 being ruled from the city (present-day Nara) this time has come to be known as the Nara period. Today Nara is a small and compact city that, […]

Take a Dip in Nara’s Water Holes this Summer

May 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Looking to get outside as the summer season heats up? Although there are many places throughout Kansai to explore, checking out some of the region’s natural water spots might be in your best interest, especially as those temperatures rise! Of course the beaches lining Osaka Bay are worth a visit or two, but heading further […]

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