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!
Just a heads up...This summer (2018) Japan saw a major heat wave that has been declared a National Disaster. Temperatures have been highest since records begun. The death toll is 180 people in the past months. While the summer time is a fantastic time to come to Japan for all the Natsu Matsuri (Summer festivals) and beach trips etc, do consider that it gets incredibly hot and humid and what with global warming, it's likely to get worse next year. It regularly gets to around 38-40 degrees and combined with an average of 80% humidity, it really is dangerous.
From summer festivals (Natsu matsuri) and firework shows (Hanabi taikai) to beetle hunting and beach days, summer is by far my favourite.
The noise of the cicadas in the trees bring back the most nostalgic feelings for me. Cicadas are insects that come out in July and live for 2 months. They make incredibly loud noises and, to me, are the true sign of summer.
When it comes to putting on a festival of spectacular proportions, Japan wins hands down. Festivals (matsuri) are held throughout the year but the summertime ones are among the very best – they energetic, exciting and enjoyable, and anyone is welcome to participate.
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!
Thursday 19 September 2019
A small taste of the strange and quirky aspects of Japanese culture, as well as life as a 'Hafu'
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.