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Osaka

Osaka is the commercial heart of the Kansai region. If you want to shop, here’s the place to do it. Umeda and Shinsaibashi offer a lot of shopping complexes. You can find everything, from great bargains at Uniqlo to the most expensive luxury brands. Osaka also features Universal Studios Japan, SpaWorld, a fantastic aquarium and some wicked awesome fireworks and festivals.

Fruit Picking

  There are lots of fruit picking choices in Kansai. Plenty of farms and facilities allow visitors to come in and choose their own fruit and vegetables. You can either purchase produce by volume, or do all-you-can-eat on site. Obviously, what’s available depends on the season. As far as we …

Minoh Falls

  Sometimes spelt Minoo, Minoh Falls (Official Website) is the jewel of Meiji no Mori Minō Quasi-National Park (Wikipedia). There’s a leisurely, paved …

Portugalia

  Official Site   Editorial Review: 😍 Romantic Great wine selection Lovely port wine selection (perfect with dessert) Amazing food Many foreign restaurants in …

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

  Official Site The biggest and best theme park in the Kansai region is Universal Studios Japan (Wikipedia), commonly called USJ. It’s …

Mount Takatori (高取山)

  Mt. Takatori is the site of Japan’s oldest mountaintop castle, and the hike takes you up, around, and through the ruins …

Kisen Alps (紀泉アルプス)

  The Kisen Alps are a series of rolling peaks located on the Osaka-Wakayama prefectural border. Despite their close proximity to the …

Takihata River Beach

 It may sound like a big deal, but putting in just a little effort in busing to Takihata Dam is guaranteed to …

Tokimeki Beach

  Tokimeki Beach (Tannowa Bathing Beach), almost on the southern-most tip of Osaka Prefecture, is an expansive beach with white sand and …

Nishikinohama Beach

  Visitors can enjoy digging clams at the beach from early April to early June and swimming from July 1 to August 31. …