white and purple irises at shirokita park in Osaka

Shirokita Park, Osaka’s Hidden Iris Garden

You might think that there are few parks in Osaka, especially in the city center. But this isn’t true! Just...

baby monkey in Arashiyama Monkey Park

Arashiyama Monkey Park, Wild Monkeys in Kyoto

Arashiyama is one of the most beautiful places in Kyoto. Not to mention, it is full of famous temples such...

Imashirozuka Kofun: Historic Site and Family Park

There are many key shaped burial mounds, or Zenpokoen-Fun, in Kansai region, especially Nara and Osaka. However, the public is...

Entrance of Engyo-ji Temple

Engyo-ji Temple, Himeji’s Best Kept Secret

When people think of the city of Himeji, their first thought is of course Himeji Castle. However, Himeji definitely has...

Akashiyaki, the Predecessor of Takoyaki

Akashiyaki, the Predecessor of Takoyaki

Everybody seems to agree: Osaka is the place for takoyaki. Sources indicate that the origin of this very popular snack...

Kinryu Ramen: Dotonbori’s Most Popular Ramen

Dotonbori is easily the most tourist-visited area in Osaka. Not only is there tons of nearby shopping in Dotonbori, but...

people using the mizugumo ninja

Koka Ninja Village, Ninja Experience for a Day

Koka is one of the most popular ninja places in Japan, so it stands to reason that there’d be a...

Entrance of kokoa ninja house

Koka Ninja House, Japan’s Only Historic Ninja House!

A good number of visitors to Japan are very interested in ninja and may even hope to do some ninja...

main building of taga taisha in Shiga

Taga Taisha, Shiga’s Home to Izanagi

Kyoto certainly wears the crown for most well-known historic spot in Japan, but we shouldn’t forget about nearby Shiga Prefecture,...

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