osaka castle

A list of places to visit sorted by your interests in the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga).

Yoshimine-dera Temple 「善峯寺」/ Kyoto

Yoshimine-dera is a hidden mountain side temple with various flowers located in Kyoto’s western mountains. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossom, hydrangeas and autumn color.

Ishikiri-san

Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine/ Osaka

Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine, well known as Ishikiri-san in Osaka is a very popular shrine since ancient times as the home of a deity who cures tumors and boils.

Takeda castle

Takeda Castle Ruins/ Hyogo

Takeda Castle, a stunning set of castle ruins located in the mountains of Hyogo is often called as the Castle floating in the sky or the Machu Picchu of Japan”.

nachi falls

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama-Kumano

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, located in south Wakayama, is a part of a large religious complex site with Seiganto-ji Temple and Nachi-no-taki waterfalls.

kumano hayatama taisha

Hayatama Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama

Hayatama Taisha Shrine, with a 800 year old conifer tree and a sacred rock, located in Shingu City on the southeast of Wakayama, is home of nature worships.

Kumano Hongu O-torii

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama

Kumano Hongu Taisha, a world heritage registered shrine with the biggest torii gate is located at the center of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Wakayama.

okazaki shrine

Okazaki Shrine/ Kyoto

Okazaki Shrine, located on the east of Heian-Jingu, filled with a lot of cute rabbits as its guardian deity, is a place to pray for safe births of children.

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple/ Higashiyama, Kyoto

Yasaka Koshin-do, a small temple nearby Yasaka-no-to pagoda in the Higashiyama district welcome you with colorful monkeys and protect you from illnesses.

yasui konpira gu

Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine/ Kyoto

Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine is located in the Gion geisha district between Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Pagoda, to end bad relationships and start good ones.

ikutama shrine

Ikutama Shrine/ Osaka

Ikutama shrine, the oldest shrine in Osaka is located in the heart of the city. The shrine, loved by locals for long time, was an imperial shrine of the first rank.