Kansai (Kinki)

Escape Reality and Enjoy Nature by Climbing Mt. Rokko in Kobe!

Most people who visit the Kansai region go to Osaka for the food and shopping, or to Kyoto and Nara for the temples and traditional culture. However, roughly an hour and a half away from these prefectures, you can actually visit a paradise with a panoramic view of Osaka Bay, natural scenery, and excellent hot…

Ride a Panda-Themed Train and See Japan’s Largest Panda Family in Wakayama!

Crazy about adorable pandas? Make your merry way to this theme park with the largest panda family in Japan aboard a panda-themed train for the ultimate panda experience! Panda Kuroshio “Smile Adventure Train” In celebration of JR West’s 30-year anniversary and Adventure World’s 40-year anniversary this 2018, a panda-themed Kuroshio Limited Express train made its…

Visit the Miho Museum, an Art Paradise in the Mountains near Kyoto!

Kyoto is a beautiful city because of its temples and traditions, and attracts many visitors every year both from Japan and overseas. However, regarding art, there are not a lot of museums where you can enjoy a day of cultural understanding and really spend a whole day admiring the art of Japan. The Miho Museum…

Enjoy Fluffy Pancakes at These 4 Tempting Cafes in Osaka!

Fluffy pancakes have been a popular and trending food in Japan in recent years. They are especially popular among women in Japan, both young and old, who often enjoy eating pancakes with friends or alone. It is certainly a peaceful and enjoyable moment for yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. I have…

Visiting Osaka in February? Here Are 3 Interesting Events to Look Forward To!

Winter season is one of the busiest and most eventful seasons in Osaka. From December through February, parties, illuminations, and other colorful holiday events are held everywhere. Check out some activities and events that you can enjoy if you plan to visit Osaka this February 2018! 1. Plum Blossom Viewing Want to experience flower viewing…

Don’t Miss This Spectacular Snow Lantern Festival in Kyoto This Winter 2018!

With many places to visit and activities to do during winter in Japan, this cold season is popular among tourists. One of which is to visit Shirakawa-go and marvel at old, snow-covered thatched roof houses illuminated at night. Unknown to many, there’s actually another place in Japan that has traditional thatched roof houses as beautiful…

Have Some Winter Fun at the Newest Ski Resort in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan!

Enjoy the snow and the great outdoors by skiing at the newest ski resort in Japan this winter! There are currently 16 ski resorts in Hyogo Prefecture. After 14 years, the newest ski resort opened in December 2017 in the town of Kamikawa in the Kanzaki District – the Mineyama Kogen Resort White Peak! Check…

Get to Know This Japanese Math Rock Band and Catch Their Performance in Otsu!

Japanese rock music is highly innovative and its constant stream of popular musicians touring the United States and Europe proves this. One refreshing band to enter the rock scene recently is called “tricot.” This super creative band has released their third studio-length album which is entitled “3.” They will be performing in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture…