Hyogo prefecture is part of Kansai region in Honshu island. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), located in Osaka. This itinerary was a full-packed one; starting the day early and ending it late. It’s a beautiful prefecture and I recommend it to include in your itinerary if you are visiting Kansai region. Here’s the list of places to go if it’s your first time in Hyogo.
Shiga is an underrated prefecture in Japan that needs to be recognized, too. Only few were written about this area yet there are much more to see on this part of Japan. This is because its neighboring prefecture, Kyoto, usually takes the limelight when it comes to tourism. Only about 0.02% of the total tourists visited Shiga in 2000 – a fact from Mr. Wiki. I hope I can convince you to have a stopover at Shiga while you are in the country after reading this.
Oftentimes than not, theme parks don’t appeal to me as it becomes too crowded and every ride or attraction has never-ending line just to get inside. “No pain, no gain” as they say. But thanks to my sister, we had a family trip in USJ that’s not too tiring and worth to recommend.
When local tile production was starting to decline in 1995, a few volunteers started building a collection of rescued and other “mosaic tiles”. They salvaged buildings earmarked for demolition and asked product samples from tile factories set to close down. They felt the need of the local tile industry to maintain pride in its manufacturing heritage and to continue this legacy in the coming years.
The hill of Mt. Chausu Plateau (Chausuyama) serves as home for six (6) varieties of shibazakura. Elevated at 1,358 meters, these moss pink cover a wide slope (22,000 square meters) of as far as the eyes can see. From May to early June, Shibazakura Festival (Moss Pink Festival) is held when this flora is in full bloom. Festival means the flowers are at its peak, more sightseers alike and more selection of food to devour.
Tourism in Japan is at its peak from March to April — when sakura shows its splendour to the world. They say travelling to/ in Japan is expensive especially during this season. Indeed, it is. However, one can still enjoy the blooming sakura without spending a single penny for entrance fees.
Snow is mesmerizing, magical and enchanting. Almost everyone living in tropical countries is dreaming of it. Memories of my first snowfall … More
Planning your dream Japan vacation for winter or spring? Why not allot 2 days of your stay to experience what Mie Prefecture can offer? Visit Nagashima Resort for a flower festival & illumination, and also for the best amusement park for roller coasters in western Japan.
Visiting Kansai region wouldn’t be complete without having a sidetrip to Nara in Nara prefecture which occupies the northern part and borders Kyoto prefecture. It is located just less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka. So why not make the best of your Kansai visit and find out how beautiful this city is?
Kyoto will bring you wide range of choices of scenic places and tourist spots to choose from. With its 2,000 religious places (1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines), together with its palaces, architecture preservations and gardens, Kyoto is a place you can’t get enough of and will surely make you come back as soon as you’ll be home from your trip. As for my one-day trip to Kyoto, here is the list for the sites/temples to visit and enjoy.