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HEADS UP! Japan Consumer Tax is going up by 10% by 1st October 2019. As a result, JR Pass prices are going up then. We recommend buying your Japan Rail Pass before then to make use of the old cheaper prices. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR JAPAN RAIL PASS FROM THE OFFICIAL VENDOR

We are currently undergoing a few updates and housekeeping bits on the website until Sunday the 29th of Sept, so parts of the website will look odd/may not function as normal. We do apologise for the inconvenience. 

Kansai Local are doing private tours and adventures to places that tourists don't know about. If this sounds awesome, get in touch with us and we will get back to you! 

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Autumn

Autumn


With its pleasant temperatures and stunning foliage (koyo), Autumn is widely considered one of the best times to visit Japan.

As the weather cools, leaves begin to change colour and the landscape becomes a dramatic palette of red, orange, yellow, brown and green. Kyoto, Nara and Yoshino have fantastic colours starting around the 10th of November through to early December (depending on temperature and weather conditions). However sometimes, you can be unlucky with the weather, so finding the right balance between the timing of the foliage and avoiding rain and the occasional late Summer/Autumn Typhoons which can carry into Autumn.

The Japanese summer ends in the final days of September, but the weather remains warm, sometimes even hot, way into mid-October. This is why it's essential to time your visit right. The leaves will start changing colours depending on the latitude of where you are in Japan. Kyoto, for example, is fairly low down and remains warm into late Autumn, which means the leaves tend to change colour late. The best time to see the colour changes in Kyoto is around the middle of November onwards for a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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Got a few days in Osaka? Find out the best things to do

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Visit Kyoto this Autumn

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Visit Yoshino this Autumn

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Top 3 Permanent Cafes in Kansai

Monday 07 October 2019

If you're into all things cute and geeky in Japan, here is the Kansai Local up to date guide on the best permanent character cafes in Kansai!

Japanese culture and being a 'Hafu'

Thursday 19 September 2019

A small taste of the strange and quirky aspects of Japanese culture, as well as life as a 'Hafu'

Awaji volunteer trash pick up

Monday 01 July 2019

Single use plastic in Japan is a massive issue. A few friends and I organised a volunteer trash pick up with on the pretty island of Awaji.

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A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

Things to do in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

Visit Kobe for the day

Visit Kobe for the day