A Guide to the Kansai Region of Japan

The Best Day Trips From Osaka

The Best Day Trips From Osaka

So you’re planning to do some day trips from Osaka? Great! It’s the best city to base yourself in the Kansai region and further afield for just that. I have spent several months travelling in Japan (as of writing this) and several weeks of that was in Osaka. It's the...

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Why Osaka Is A Better City To Stay Than Kyoto

Why Osaka Is A Better City To Stay Than Kyoto

I better say this straight away that I loved exploring around Kyoto and seeing all the old temples, shrines, and gardens. It's one of the most culturally rich cities in all of Japan and definitely a must-see place. But I'm writing this from a travellers perspective...

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The Temples Of Kansai – Japan Photo Essay

The Temples Of Kansai – Japan Photo Essay

The Kansai region in Japan is packed full of old temples, shrines, pagodas and so on. It makes for one of the most cultural areas you can see in the country, with Kyoto being the jewel in the crown. I personally spent several weeks in Osaka to see the area on day...

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Urban Exploration at Abandoned Theme Park in Nara

Urban Exploration at Abandoned Theme Park in Nara

Ever had a dream that you were walking through a zombie apocalypse? Watched the Walking Dead? Read a lot of Stephen King books? Well there's an abandoned theme park in Japan called Dreamland where you can imagine that you are in that world. Empty for over 20 years in...

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Cycling Osaka To Nara On Japan’s Steepest National Road

Cycling Osaka To Nara On Japan’s Steepest National Road

What the hell am I doing...? I asked myself that a few times at the start of this trip cycling from Osaka to Nara, and for a very good reason. I had bought a cheap city bike in Osaka for around $50 as I knew I would be staying there for at least 2 weeks. Then I had...

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Catch a Game of Baseball in Osaka – Japan Travel

Catch a Game of Baseball in Osaka – Japan Travel

If you want to see the Japanese super passionate about a sport then you need to see a baseball game in Japan. If there is a sumo match on then you should go and see one, it's an interesting cultural experience, but many travellers won't get the chance. So I'm happy to...

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How to Spend a Day in Kyoto – Japan Travel

How to Spend a Day in Kyoto – Japan Travel

Kyoto is one of those cities that you can lose yourself in for days and never get bored. It was the imperial capital of Japan for over one thousand years and has a lot of history to show. It seems like everywhere you turn is a temple or a shrine to see, some of them...

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Nara Festival In Japan – The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Nara Festival In Japan – The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Nara in Japan is a good place to visit if you like temples and shrines. It was the capital of Japan a long time ago in 710-784 AD, and as such has a lot of old sites to see. If you time it right you could visit when there is a 'matsuri', meaning a festival. The Nara...

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