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Articles and travel guides on famous and not so famous destinations in the Kansai Region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō): Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga
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  • Miho Museum
    Thanks for sharing this, seems to be a truly serene location!
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
    I lived in Kyoto for a few months last year, and although there are many striking temples and historical areas, this one will always be among my...
  • Kyoto Prefecture
    Hello! My nephew and I had great service at the information centre at the Kyoto train station when we spoke with Yamamoto. She was knowledgeable...
  • Travel Amanohashidate

    Amanohashidate (天橋立, "Bridge to Heaven") is a sand spit at the northern tip of Kyoto Prefecture. It is located in Miyazu in the western part of...
  • Travel Miho Museum

    The Miho Museum (ミホ ミュージアム) is located near Shigaraki City in the mountainous hills of southern Shiga Prefecture. It was designed by star...
  • Travel Izushi Castle Town

    Located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Izushi (出石) is also known as the "Little Kyōto of Tajima". The small castle town - merged into Toyooka in...
  • Travel Toyooka Travel Guide

    Toyooka (豊岡市) is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture in the centre of the San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク). While the city stretches over 700...
  • Travel Kinosaki Onsen

    Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is one of the oldest onsen resorts in Japan with a history that dates back to the 8th century. Kinosaki is located in...
  • Travel Engyo-ji Temple

    Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺, "Temple of Complete Teachings") is a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located northwest of Himeji City.History...
  • Travel Minakuchi Castle

    Minakuchi Castle (水口城 Minakuchi-jō), located in Kōka, Shiga Prefecture, is a hirayama-style (lit. "hill-top on a plain") castle also known as...
  • Travel Kiyomizudera Temple

    Kiyomizudera (清水寺 “Clear Water Temple”) is a temple of the Hossō sect of Buddhism. It is located on a high hill in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto...
  • Travel Ryoanji Temple

    The Ryoanji temple (竜安寺 or 龍安寺, Ryōan-ji, “Temple of the Peaceful Dragon”) is a temple in the Ukyō Ward of Kyoto, belonging to the Myōshinji...
  • Travel Todaiji Temple

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple) is a...
  • Travel Shiga Prefecture

    Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県) is part of the Kansai Region and borders the prefectures of Fukui, Gifu, Mie and Kyōto. Shiga is one of the eight...
  • Travel Kyoto Travel Guide

    The ancient Imperial Capital of Japan is one of the few places that is a must on almost any itinerary. With a wealth of temples, shrines and Nijō...
  • Travel Ginkakuji Temple

    Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺), the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, formally known as Jishō-ji (慈照寺, “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is located in Kyōto’s Sakyō Ward...
  • Travel Kinkakuji Temple

    Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺), the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, formally known as Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 “Deer Garden Temple”), is located in Kyōto’s Kita Ward and...
  • Travel Kyoto Prefecture

    Located in central Honshū, Kyoto Prefecture (京都府 Kyōto-fu) is bounded by Fukui, Shiga and Mie prefectures on the east, Nara Prefecture on the...
  • Travel Kansai Travel Guide

    The Kansai Region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō), sometimes coterminous with the official geographical designation “Kinki Region” (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō)...
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