Himeji Castle, the White Heron Castle

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

Yoshida Shrine, the Shrine that Redefined Shinto

Right next to the most prestigious university in the Kansai region, Kyoto University, is Yoshida Shrine[吉田神社]. Many people overlook this shrine as there are many famous tourist sites nearby, this shrine played a major role in the Shinto religion and

The Onin War: Ancient Japan’s Biggest War

In 794 Kyoto became Japan’s capital for more than 1,000 years. However, if you compare Kyoto to Japan’s other very ancient capital, Nara, you will notice something odd; Nara has plenty of ancient buildings, many over 1,000 years old, but