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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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Nara

Things to do in Nara

Nara city was once the capital of Japan, from 710 to 794 AD, lending its name to the Nara Period. Nara is the capital of Nara Prefecture, located in the very heart of the Kansai region.

Many temples and shrines still remain in Nara, and along with the kasugayama Primeval Forest, all form ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nara park is famous for it’s amazing preserved history, but perhaps more so due to the free roaming and sacred deer (shika). There are over 1200 deer roaming around Nara park. You can take selfies with them, feed them and even communicate with them by bowing. They will bow their heads to say please and thank you when you feed them deer senbei (rice crackers).

All of this stunningly well-preserved history and cultural importance make it an essential place to visit during your stay in Japan. Nara city and Nara park (where all the action is at) is very accessible and sits just over 25 km east of central Osaka, and around 30 km south of central Kyoto.

Train rides from either of these cities are no more than 45 mins, making it a great day trip from either Osaka or Kyoto. Nara is on the Kintetsu lines, which don't need Japan rail passes to get to, but a Japan Rail Pass will be useful if you're travelling around Japan. It'll save you money, hassle, and by buying yours via this website, you're supporting this website, so thank you!!! Click here to buy one, or on the ad below.

 

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Nara Temples and Shrines

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Nara Deer

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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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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