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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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Things to do in Kyoto

Welcome to the Kansai Local guide on what to do in Kyoto. Take a tour of Kyoto as if you are being shown around by a local. By the way, Kansai Local does epic adventure off the beaten path tours of Kyoto.

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Kyoto is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Japan. It is the ambassador for Japan's tradition, history, and arts. Kyoto prefecture lies in the sweet spot of being away from the coast and away from tectonic hot spots meaning it's relatively safe from tsunamis and earthquakes. The result is that Kyoto is the most well-preserved city in Japan in terms of cultural and historical importance, especially as Kyoto was once the capital of Japan. 

Kyoto tourism is increasing massively. These days the main tourist attractions are simply too crowded. On this page are up to date, off the beaten path things to do in Kyoto, all from the recommendation of a local, to get you away from the crowds and to the real true Kyoto. 

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and holds massive cultural and historical importance.

â–ºHere are a few interesting facts!

  • There are more than 2000 temples and shrines in Kyoto
  • 20% of Japan's national treasure and 14% important cultural properties are in Kyoto.
  • The highest amount of UNESCO world heritage sites exist in Kyoto
  • Kyoto (along with Tokyo) has the most Michelin star restaurants of any city worldwide.

Kyoto sits in a basin due to the surrounding mountains. Expect a very humid and tropical climate during the summer, and cold icy winters as a result.

You may want to purchase a Japan Rail Pass. If you are travelling around Japan by train, it will definitely be worth buying one as it saves time at complicated ticket machines in stations, and you can save up to 60% than buying tickets. Click here or on the ad below to buy one from the official vendor. 

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A guide to the Shrines & Temples of Kyoto

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Kyoto Machiya Experience

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Kyoto Hotels and Accommodation

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Ultimate Kyoto Eating and Drinking guide

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Things to do in Kyoto

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Exploring Northern Kyoto's Tango Peninsula

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Day adventures out of Kyoto

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Best Ryokan Hotels in Kyoto

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Arashiyama

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Uji

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Kibune

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Hieizan / Mount Hiei

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What to do in Kyoto when it's raining

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Fushimi Inari

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Gion

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Best places to stay in Kyoto

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Kyoto Nightlife

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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.

A weekend in Tokyo

Wednesday 28 November 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

Wednesday 12 September 2018

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

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Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

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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

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