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Preparing for your trip
Areas/Seasons to Explore
A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do
Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto
Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan
Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!
Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto
The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park
Things to do in Kyoto
Visit Kobe for the day

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Exploring spooky abandoned train tunnels in Hyogo

22 Nov 2019

Explore the abandoned train tunnels with us. Japan has many amazing Temples, Shrines and cultural stuff, but if you fancy a fun day or Urbex, read this blog post about exploring abandoned spooky tunnels!

Explore stunning Iya Valley

05 Nov 2019

The secluded, mountainous Iya Valley (???, Iyakei) sits along the stunning turquoise Iya River, right in the heart of Shikoku in Tokushima prefecture. Misty gorges and thatched-roof houses offer a glimpse into an idyllic lifestyle that somehow still clings on here, despite having utterly vanished elsewhere in Japan. Come and explore with Kansai Local!

Explore the Washuzan Highland

29 Oct 2019

Washuzan Highland was once home to the Guinness World Record for the longest rollercoaster ride, an uninterrupted 1,050 laps on the Star Jet Line lasting just over 35 hours. Come explore this fascinating, slightly post-apocalyptic place with Kansai Local!

Taiyo Park

29 Oct 2019

Taiyo Park: Travel the Wonders of the World in this Eerie Theme Park A nursing home for the elderly and people with disabilities sits adjacent to a run down replica of the Great Wall of China. Welcome to Taiyo Park. Explore the Kansai Local guide to the spooky Taiyo Park!

Top 3 Permanent Cafes in Kansai

07 Oct 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!

Tonomine Highlands

25 Sep 2019

Today we're heading to one of Japan's most unique landscapes, Tonomine Highlands in Hyogo Prefecture. With scenery like something out of Lord Of The Rings, or Game Of Thrones, we are sure you'll be intrigued to explore!

Japanese culture and being a 'Hafu'

19 Sep 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

01 Jul 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.

A weekend in Tokyo

28 Nov 2018

Tokyo might as well be the capital of Asia. On of the busiest cities in the world with so much energy, bright lights and buzz, it can be both awesome but intimidating. Take my hand, let me guide you through Tokyo for a weekend!

Haunted places in Kyoto

12 Sep 2018

We love adventure. We love to explore. And most of all, We love to explore haunted or creepy places. Here's Ed's blog post on the spooky stuff to explore in Japan. Keep the lights on for this one!