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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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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.  

I offer personalised adventure tours to the off the beaten path places where tourists and companies don't know about. If you are interested, please get in touch!

If you need a Japan Rail Pass, click on any of the ads on this page. Buying a Japan Rail Pass will help you get around Japan easier and cheaper than buying tickets at train stations.

 

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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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Top 3 Permanent Cafes in Kansai

Monday 07 October 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!

Japanese culture and being a 'Hafu'

Thursday 19 September 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

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.

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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