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 …

Goldfish Scooping (Nara)

  Believe it or not, goldfish scooping (金魚すくい, 金魚掬い Kingyo-sukui) is a national sport in Japan. Although, while national, it should be noted …

Akame 48 Waterfalls

  The Akame 48 Waterfalls is the collective name for a string of waterfalls in the forests of Akame-cho, Mie. There aren’t …

Nijo Castle

  In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudallords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which …

Kinkakuji Temple

  Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, is one of Kyoto’s most iconic landmarks. It’s somewhere absolutely everyone visits when they go to Kyoto, …

Philosopher’s Path (Kyoto)

  The Philosopher’s Path (Wikipedia) is a beautiful stone path through the northern part of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. The path follows a small canal which …

Ginkakuji Temple

  There are two ‘metallic’ temples in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (Official Site | Wikipedia) is the silver one. While not as famous as …

Koyasan Pilgrimage Route (Hike)

  Hiking in Japan? The ancient pilgrimage routes to Koyasan, Koyasan’s Choishi Stupa Route, Koya Sanzan Route and the Women Pilgrims Route, have been …

Arashiyama Scenic Area

  Arashiyama (嵐山) (Wikipedia) is a lovely, nature-centric area in western Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185). Arashiyama is particularly …

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 …

Kobe Luminarie

  The Kobe Luminarie (Official Website | Wikipedia) is an annual Christmas illumination. It’s probably the most famous and most visited in …

Kobe Chinatown

  Kobe Chinatown (Official Website | Wikipedia) is a blaze of Chinese red within the international city of Kobe. Unlike the only …

Kobe Harborland & Meriken Park

   Kobe Harborland (Official Website) is a very famous seaside location. There are many shops and restaurants, some featuring legendary Kobe beef. …

Suma Aqualife Park & Aquarium

  Kobe’s Suma Aqualife Park is an aquarium next to Suma Beach. There are plenty of tanks full of wonderous marine life, …

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 Hiei (比叡山) Area

  Mount Hiei Hike Garden Museum Hiei Enryakuji Temple Kokuhoden Museum Mt. Hiei (Wikipedia) is the second highest mountain in Kyoto, at 848 meters …

Takedao Tunnel Hike (武田尾)

  Also known as: Mukogawa Gorge (武庫川渓谷) This is a gentle afternoon stroll along the old, abandoned  JR Fukuchiyama Line railway tracks. There …

Soni Kogen (曽爾高原)

  Soni Kogen is a huge, open plateau renowned for its vast swaths of Japanese pampas grass, picturesque marshes, and stellar views. …

Odaigahara (大台ヶ原)

  Odaigahara (大台ヶ原) Odaigahara ranks up there with Utsukushi-ga-hara, Mt. Hachimantai and Kirigamine as the most accessible of the Hyakumeizan, as you can …

Mt. Shiraga (白髪岳)

  Mt. Shiraga is a bald, rocky peak sandwiched between Sanda and Sasayama cities in central Hyogo Prefecture. The unspoilt panoramic views …

Mt. Ōe (大江山)

  Mention Mt. Ōe to any Japanese person, and they’ll likely start indulging you in the legends of the many oni (demons) that roam …

Mt. Minago (皆子山)

  Mt. Minago is the tallest peak in Kyoto Prefecture and one of the most secluded mountains in the Kitayama range. The …

Mt. Hakkyou (八経ヶ岳)

  Mt. Hakkyou (Wikipedia) is the highest point of the Omine mountain range, and the tallest peak in the Kansai area. It’s …

Mt. Bunagatake (武奈ヶ岳)

  Mt. Bunagatake is a day hike in Shiga Prefecture and is the highest peak in the Hira Mountains. It’s connected to a …

Mt. Aoba (青葉山)

  Mt. Aoba, also known by the nickname of Wakasa-fuji, is a twin-peaked volcanic cone rising proudly from Wakasa bay in northern …

Mount Yura (由良ヶ岳)

  Rising from the mouth of the Yura river in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Mt. Yura is a fantastic day hike for those …

Mount Yoshino (吉野山)

  Mt. Yoshino is the most famous place in Japan for Yamazakura (mountain cherry blossoms), so expect huge crowds every day of …

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 …