Top 5 Autumn Color Spots in Kyoto and Kansai

Just like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in the Kansai region have some great spots for viewing the colorful autumn leaves. Here are the best! Unless otherwise noted, the best time is usually Mid November to early December. 1. Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺) In our opinion the best place in Kyoto for autumn colors, his temple becomes a hugeContinue reading “Top 5 Autumn Color Spots in Kyoto and Kansai”

Osaka and Around Kansai in 1-2 Weeks

While Tokyo and the surrounding areas are great, a holiday down south around Kyoto and Osaka has its own charm and delights. This itinerary uses a few bus/train passes for each tourist area, so you probably don’t need a  Japan Rail Pass or  Japan Bus Pass.  For long distances use a night bus. Cost: 120,000 yen – 140,000 yen per person DayContinue reading “Osaka and Around Kansai in 1-2 Weeks”

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 with a nice little garden, treasure house and plenty of temple buildings to have a look around in. Budget travel tips For a wider selection of shrines and temples, go toContinue reading “Shitennoji Temple”

How to get to Osaka

By Air Osaka is served by Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Itami Airport (ITM).  Both are close. It’s best to compare prices online, so check our air travel guide Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your local travel agent specializing in Japan travel and ask for anyContinue reading “How to get to Osaka”

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

How to get into Kyoto From Kansai Airport station, take the Nankai Airport Express to Shinimamiya station.  Then take the JR Yamatoji line or Osaka Loop Line (JR lines) to Osaka station.  From here, take the JR Special Rapid train (JR line) to Kyoto station (1780 yen, 105 minutes) How to get into Osaka From Kansai Airport station, take the NankaiContinue reading “Kansai International Airport (KIX)”