osaka castle

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

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.


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/ 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

nachi water falls

Nachi water falls/ Japan’s three best water falls「日本三大名滝」

The 133 meter waterfall – Nachi no taki – is the tallest waterfall in Japan.Visitors will be impressed by the natural power and beauty of the falls.


Amanohashidate/ Japan’s three best scenic views 「日本三景」

Amanohashidate, the meaning of which is roughly bridge to heaven, is a 3.6km long, pine tree covered sand bar. Miyajima and Matsushima are also best views.

himeji castle

Himeji Castle/ Japan’s three best castles 「日本三大名城」

Himeji Castle is the most beautiful castle and is one of the few that has escaped the ravages of civil war, earthquakes. Renovation was completed in 2015.

castle view point

Castle view point / Osaka castle

You can still have a quick look at Osaka castle from the distance at JR Morinomiya station on the loop line, if visiting the castle is not a priority.