Free tour guides in Osaka

Thought Osaka is just a concrete jungle? Getting a guide to show your around is a great way to really get to know this city and its surrounds. Even better if they are free! Foreigner Guides Net Osaka This group are able to offer guides in various languages and can take you anywhere you want.Continue reading “Free tour guides in Osaka”

Top 5 Free Tour Guide Services in Japan

Just about to book that expensive tour guide to show you around Japan? No need! There are hundreds of FREE volunteer guides in Japan. Here are our top groups and organisations: Goodwill Guides The official, national organisation for free guides in Japan. The volunteers are Japanese people who want use their foreign language skills toContinue reading “Top 5 Free Tour Guide Services in Japan”

Enjoy Eco Card + Osaka Visitors’ Ticket

If you want to spend a whole day exploring Osaka, then the Enjoy Eco Card is a good choice. It provides unlimited use of the subways, tram and buses for 1 day. It also includes some discounts to tourist spots in this large city. What does it cost? Enjoy Eco Card: Adults 800 yen (600 yen on weekendsContinue reading “Enjoy Eco Card + Osaka Visitors’ Ticket”

Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass

The Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass allows unlimited travel on JR (national rail) trains for 5 days within Kansai and southern Chugoku, from Miyajima in the west to Nara in the east. This includes the use of trains to major cities such as Hiroshima, Himeji, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. What does it cost? 5 days: Adults 13,000 yen (about $105/€95),Continue reading “Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass”

Osaka Amazing Pass

Are you only going to be in Osaka for a day or two and want to really pack a lot in? Then the ‘Osaka Amazing Pass’ might be for you. The pass gives unlimited use of the Osaka subway, tram and bus network and passes to 28 tourist attractions for 1 or 2 days, suchContinue reading “Osaka Amazing Pass”

Kansai Thru Pass

The Kansai Thru Pass is a super cheap way to explore the Kansai region. It allows unlimited travel on non-JR trains, buses and subway trains within the free area stretching from Himeji in the west to Nara, Kyoto in the east and south to Koyasan. It also comes with discounts to 350 tourist attractions, restaurants and hotels along theContinue reading “Kansai Thru Pass”

Kansai WIDE Area Pass

The Kansai WIDE Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains for 5 days, within the free area stretching from Okayama in the west to beyond Nara in the east.  This includes the use of Shinkansen (bullet) trains and limited express trains to major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. The pass has a much widerContinue reading “Kansai WIDE Area Pass”

Kansai Area Pass

The Kansai Area Pass is an interesting pass for exploring the Kansai region. It allows unlimited travel on JR (national rail) trains, within the free area stretching from Himeji in the west to Nara in the east. This includes the use of trains to major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. What does it cost? 1 day:Continue reading “Kansai Area Pass”

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecasts for 2015

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) is fast approaching and so it’s time to check when it’s on in your area or travel destination!  It’s one of the best times to visit Japan. Please try to allow some flexibility in your holiday schedule, as the actual timings can change. Check our homepage for regular updates and reports City/Area,ForecastContinue reading “Japan Cherry Blossom Forecasts for 2015”

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”