osaka castle

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

fushimi

Fushimi town/ A quieter Kyoto 4: Sake tasting

Fushimi town is developed as a castle town in the sixteenth century and is now best known for its sake production. It’s a nice place to visit after Fushimi Inari.

iwafune shrine

Iwafune Shrine/ Hidden spiritual power spots 2

Iwafune Shrine houses a huge 12 meter high and 12 meter deep rock. Japanese mythology says that “Nigihayashi no Mikoto” (the grandson of the Sun Goddess)

mihashira torii

Mihashira Torii / Hidden spiritual power spots

it’s symbol, is an unusual “mihashira torii” gate – a triangular structure that appears to be formed from three individual torii – that stands in the pond.

Sesshu-in

A quieter Kyoto 3: Sesshuji/ Funda-in Temple

A quieter Sesshuji is lovely sub-temple of its sprawling neighbour Tufukujiuji temple. Sesshuji has the oldest beautiful dry gardens.

A quieter Kyoto 2: Get up early and go out late!

You can only enjoy wandering around the historic parts of Gion and Higashiyama, if you get up early or go out late. A quieter Kyoto gives you an atmospheric tranquility.

osaka bay

Nishikinohama beach/ Osaka has Beaches!

Osaka is not blessed with beaches, but here are a few of my recommendations to help people in the area enjoy the beaches, ocean air and cool off with a swim.

daimonji

The best viewing spots for Gozan Okuribi/ Daimonji, Kyoto

“Daimonji Gozan Okuribi” is a famous as the Kyoto summer image. The best viewing spots for Gozan okuribi is Funaokayama park.

tofukuji

Tofukuji/ A quieter Kyoto 1: Far from the Madding Crowds

Tofukuji covers a wide area and contains two main gardens and the Sanmon Gate is the oldest zen main gate in Japan. The temple is a quieter in September.

gion matsuri

Gion Matsuri, Kyoto/ Japan’s three best festivals「日本三大祭り」

The highlight of Gion Matsuri festival is the “Yamaboko Junko” parade. Massive floats are pulled through the narrow, winding streets of Kyoto. See the schedule.

arima onsen

Arima Onsen/ Japan’s three best hot springs 「日本三大名湯」

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot spring towns in Japan. It has a recorded history going back to the 631 published Nihon Shoki, the second oldest book