Kansai (Kinki)

Check Out the Last Surviving Tram Line of Kyoto: The Randen

Transport systems in major cities of Japan have undergone a huge change over the past decades – be it the introduction of timely and reliable high-speed trains, the construction of subway tunnels, etc. However, there are some train or tram networks that were once extensively spread and used but are now confined to just a…

Planning to Join the Gion Festival in Kyoto This 2018? Check Out These Handy Tips!

The Gion Festival, locally known as Gion Matsuri, is one of the most important festivals in Kyoto. With a history of more than 650 years, this festival originated as a part of the purification ritual to appease the god that caused plagues, earthquakes, etc. Author’s photo Today, the Gion Festival continues to be held annually…

The Complete Schedule of Kyoto’s Biggest Annual Festival, Gion Matsuri!

In case you did not know, Kyoto’s biggest annual festival, Gion Matsuri, is actually held throughout the whole month of July, with the main parade falling on the 17th. Here is a complete guide to the one-month Gion Festival so that you don’t miss out on the fun! July 1 to 5 From the 1st…

Kobe Is So Much More Than Just Beef! Here Are 10 Awesome Things to Do in Kobe!

When people hear the name Kobe, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Kobe beef. And when I searched on the Internet, some sites told me that for Westerners, Kobe is not an attractive place to visit because one of the main tourist spots is an area full of Western-style buildings. However, Kobe…

Go on a Pilgrimage Aboard This Unique Sightseeing “Lens” Train in Kyoto

You might have already heard about cool, unique-looking trains in Japan. Some of them course through the air at exhilarating speeds, some make you feel like a royal with luxurious facilities, and some take you sightseeing in undiscovered places. Amongst all of them, there is one particular train that takes you on an amazing pilgrimage…

Check Out This Hotel in Osaka That Has a Striking European-Inspired Chapel

Most people choose a hotel based on the unique features and facilities it offers. While not all hotels are blessed to have historical facilities, some have an edge over the rest. One particular hotel in Osaka that has such feature is Hotel Monterey. It stands out like a magnificent European palace amid the tower blocks…

3 Ramen Shops You Need to Eat at in Japan’s Food Capital, Osaka!

Osaka City is becoming more and more of an attractive destination for people going to Japan. Since the number one thing to do in Osaka is to EAT, I will be listing three ramen shops I visited and recommend to travelers. Check them out! 1. Ichiran Ramen Author’s photo Ichiran Ramen is a popular ramen…

4 Adventurous Things to Do on a Day Trip to the Hidden Gem City of Kobe

Okay, so you’re done seeing the magnificent cherry blossoms during the spring season in Japan. (Or maybe you have missed your chance to see it.) You are now wondering what to do and where to go to enjoy your short spring trip in the country. If you are in the Kansai area, there are lots…

Visit This Unique Cafe in Osaka with Color, Art, and Tasty Desserts!

Are you into rainbows, fluffy clouds, and cute circus animals? Then you’ll surely love the concept of ECONECO Cafe & Sweet, a newly opened cafe in Osaka. ECONECO is actually a brand from an illustrator which sells different merchandise such as stationery, sundries, mobile goods, and more. The cafe, on the other hand, is a…

7 Japanese Sweets Shops and Cafes to Check Out in Kyoto

When one hears of Kyoto, the rich history and culture of Imperial Japan come to mind. Another thing that Kyoto is well known for is its Japanese sweets shops and cafes, with matcha or green tea as the most popular choice. This article lists some of the best sweets shops and cafes that Kyoto has…
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