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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
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Spring in Japan

Springtime is undoubtedly one of the best (but by far the busiest) times to visit Japan, as of course, you have the Sakura (cherry blossom) to enjoy.

The Japanese take the art of cherry blossom appreciation to new levels. Cherry blossom (Sakura) is a real national treasure, and appears in everything from paintings and literature, down to Starbucks coffee and company logos. If there would be a visual representation of Japan, the hallmark would be Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom).

Depending on weather conditions and temperatures, late February brings the plum blossom, which is a darker pink colour. This lasts just over a week or two. Then following that, from around mid-March, is the famous Cherry Blossom. If you have picked this season, you’re in for a treat! Explore the amazing towns and spots and enjoy the Japanese cherry blossom.  

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Best places to enjoy the Cherry Blossom in Kansai

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Kyoto in Spring

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Nara in Spring

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Yoshino in Spring

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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!

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