When it comes to Nara and Kyoto, people can easily name a few ancient buildings. On the other hand Kobe, and to a greater extent Hyogo prefecture, does exactly conjure up the word “ancient” in most people’s minds. Indeed, Kobe
Right in front of Kobe station is Minatogawa Shrine [湊川神社]. Although this shrine is the most famous shrine in Kobe, few know why a shrine is near such a big station like Kobe. The truth is that this very shrine
For many, one of the most iconic foods in Japan is ramen. Ramen is very popular in Japan as well as the world over. While it feels that a new ramen restaurant pops up every few weeks there are, of
When people think of the city of Himeji, their first thought is of course Himeji Castle. However, Himeji definitely has more than just its castle! Another one of Himeji’s most popular sites among Japanese natives is Engyo-ji Temple [円教寺]. While
Everybody seems to agree: Osaka is the place for takoyaki. Sources indicate that the origin of this very popular snack is akashiyaki. A local favorite of the city if Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture, akashiyaki features the city’s specialty, octopus.
Along with Horyu-ji Temple in Nara, Himeji Castle [姫路城] was one of the first Japanese World Heritage sites. Though this castle is a bit far from central Kansai and takes at least an hour from Osaka, it is well worth
Just 20 minutes from Osaka City is Nakayama-dera Temple. Located in Takurazuka, Nakayama-dera is a huge, historic temple and is part of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Popular as a temple for safe birth, Nakayama-dera is also a very popular place