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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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The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park
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Visit Kobe for the day

Preparing for your trip

Preparing for your trip

They say that in the beginning, there was nothing but ocean. Two young gods Isanagi and Isanami came together. One Day they plunged a spear into the ocean and when they removed the spear, drops of water fell back into the ocean. These drops became the Islands that formed Japan.

There's not a country you'll have visited before that is quite like Japan. With a country that is so incredibly rich with unique culture, it can be quite daunting to know what to do, and I believe the big tourism websites will give you very touristic and perhaps not so authentic advice. My mission is to get you guys off the beaten track to experience the REAL Japan.

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Before you do anything, you’ll want to buy a Japan Rail Pass - Click here to buy online. Trains are the best way to get around Japan - the rail network in Japan is super efficient and there is no such thing as strikes or delays! Buying a Japan Rail Pass allows you to not have to fiddle around the confusing ticket machines at stations, and will allow you to save up to 62% on JR train travel, as opposed to actually buying tickets at the station. When you buy it, you'll get sent an exchange order, which you must take to a major Japanese train station and use to pick up your JR Pass.  Driving is not a good idea as there's always traffic, and toll prices of roads are expensive. However if you'd like to rent a car (perhaps you are travelling with your family etc), then click here to compare prices of rental cars in Japan.

I do offer off the beaten path adventures and tours, to the places tourists and companies don't know about. If you'd be interested in this, click here to get in touch!

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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