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The Kansai Region Travel Guide

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Try, Try, Try Again

Toshodai-ji Temple was built in 751 for Ganjin, a Chinese priest who traveled to Japan at the invitation of Emperor Shomu. At that time, Japanese...


Top Reasons to Go

Architecture: Skyscrapers share Osaka's 1,500-year-old skyline with 4th-century burial mounds, while Nara's wealth of classical temples, pagodas...


Sake, the Japanese Drink

Sake, or nihonshu, is the essential Japanese drink. Ranging in taste from fruity and bright to rich and mellow, there is a nihonshu for virtually...


Nara's Sacred Deer

Of all the attractions in Nara, there is one that no visitor can miss. At some point, as you wander between temples, the city’s sacred deer...


On the Menu

Osakans are passionate about food. In fact, they coined the word kuidaore —to eat until you drop. They expect restaurants to use the freshest...


Venice of the East

When Tokyo was but a fishing village and Kyoto a mountain hamlet, big things were happening in Osaka. The Osaka-Nara region was the center of...

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