A list of places to visit sorted by your interests in the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga).
Mangetsu-ji Temple, known as the Ukiumi-do, a floating temple is located in Katata on the southwest of Lake Biwa, to provide you one of the 8 beautiful landscapes of Shiga.
Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Hieizan in Shiga. The shrine is famous for beautiful autumn colors and monkeys known as divine messengers.
The majestic red torii gate of Shirahige Shrine is floating in Lake Biwa. Shirahige Shrine, located on the western side of Lake Biwa in Shiga blesses visitors with a long life.
The Biwako line runs along the east side of Lake Biwa and the Kosei line runs along the west side. you can make a day trip around the lake by using those lines.
Jonan-gu Shrine, located in the south of Kyoto station, offers the elegant atmosphere of the Heian aristocracy with its expanded beautiful garden.
The Ono-ji Temple Cliff-Carved Buddha stands before the water’s edge. The temple is also known for its two 300-year-old weeping cherry trees blooming in spring,
Domyoji Tenmangu, located in Fujiidera city of Osaka, a large shinto shrine is well known for worshiping the deity of study. The shrine offers a panoramic scenary of beautiful plum blossoms.
Byodo-in Temple「平等院」, located in Uji city, Kyoto is a good example of Buddhist Pure Land architecture. The Phoenix Hall is featured on the back of 10 yen coin.
Tatsuno Castle is located just 15km from Himeji castle in Hyogo. You can walk around the lovely castle town whle enjoying the historic atmosphere and see the view from the remains of the old castle.
Sasayama castle, located in Hyogo is rustic and tranquil, but it offers nice views of the surrounding countryside. The castle is a famous spot for cherry blossoms.