Kansai Living

BBQ Time in Japan

Golden Week is a great time to have family and friends over. And for those of you who are choosing to stay put and stay home away from the heavy traffic that many roads will carry this Golden Week, a great way to spend Golden Week is to have a BBQ! »

Prepare for Some Major Traffic!

This Golden Week will be like no other this year. Why? Because the Japanese government has lowered the fees for toll roads to 1000 yen for 2 years! »

Flower Fesitval

The Nagai Botanical Garden in Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka will hold a flower festival from May 12 to 17 beginning at 10am until 4:30pm. Various events will be held during the festival. People attending the festival will be able to enjoy handicrafts and gardening lessons. Herbal tea will be served for free during the event. Admission... »

Mankai Blossoms

The day the cherry blossoms reach their peak and come into full-bloom, the weather is warm, almost even hot if you are in a light jacket. It reached 20 degrees Celsius in some parts of the Kamsai region! Today, sakura cherry blossoms are completely opened at 100% and will from this point on begin... »

Kyoto Cherry Blossoms at 70%

For cherry blossom lovers, Kyoto is not yet in full bloom. Blossoms are currently at 60 to 70 percent. With the latest rain and warm weather cherry blossoms should begin opening up and be mankai, be in full bloom, soon. »

Japan Toll Road Fee for the Next Two Years

Do you drive a car in Japan or want to but are afraid of the high toll road fees? Well, at least for the next two years, you will be able to drive anywhere outside the Kansai region for a total of 1000 yen. That's right, 1000 yen! »

Take the Torroko Romantic Train in Arashiyama

The famous Romantic Train in Arashiyama begins running its scenic tour along the Hozugawa river on March 1st and will continue running until December 29th. »

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