Osaka

Minoo Park (FREE)

Minoo Park (箕面公園) is a popular day drip from Osaka, a great place to go hiking or enjoy some local food and buy some souvenirs. It...

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is a popular hot spring town in Kansai. The town is full of ryokans (Japanese style lodge) and hotels that have...

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it's castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  It's a great place to check out on the...

Ise Shrines

The Ise shrines are often regarded to be in the top 3 shrine areas in Japan.  The simple, yet spectacular shrines really have to...

Miyajima

Miyajima is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site near Osaka and Hiroshima.  It's often near the top of the list for most travelers, and offers and easy to access...

Nara

Nara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of great shrines and temples, not far from Kyoto and Osaka.  A must-visit for most travelers coming to...

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddist temples in the mountains south of Osaka.  Even if you have...

Shitennoji Temple

If all the lights of downtown Osaka get too much, head to Shitennoji Temple, the oldest temple in Japan. It's very well known Buddhist temple...

Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade

Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade is the main shopping area in central Osaka.  It's always busy, and is full of all kinds of shops and restaurants.  Expect...

Dotonbori Canal

If you have seen a picture of Osaka before, it was probably of Dotonbori Canal.  The remodeled canal is an amazing area, and so much...