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Our most recommended Kansai Activities

  • Kyoto Studio Park Admission Ticket

    1. Kyoto Studio Park Admission Ticket

    Enter Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, an incredible period drama theme park. Walk around the park and enjoy a variety of architecture inspired by the Edo period, 1603 - 1868, often used for filming dramas and TV series. Enjoy a welcome by staff in traditional Japanese attire and if you are lucky, find where crews are filming. There are many different attractions that you can enjoy with your family, like ninja shows, a ninja maze and ghost house. There are also a variety of live performances, street performances and reenactments with traditional performing arts. Learn the movements and ways of the samurai sword and Samurai-style sword fighting techniques. Try on samurai, geisha, and ninja costumes from a selection of over 30 designs.

  • From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    2. From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    Explore the most popular sights of Nara and Osaka in just one day on this tour from Kyoto. Starting with visits to the Todai-ji temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Todai-ji temple, one of Nara’s top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, houses a 15-meter bronze statue of the Great Buddha, Vairocana. Learn about the unique Japanese religious culture inside the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and discover the magical, wood-built architecture and the thousands of lanterns that decorate the inside. Along the way, walk through Nara Park and meet some of the local deer. Here, deer are divine protectors of the ancient capital who live in harmony with the locals. Experience the unique traditional arts and crafts of Naramachi street, a well-preserved merchant's district. Next, visit the famous Namba and Dotonbori districts in Osaka, where you...

  • Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    3. Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    Start at the vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the Market and learn about its history and taste the various dishes unique to Kyoto including: Tofu Skin, Sesame Cracker, Japanese Pike Conger Eel, Sake, and etc. Then, rest your appetite by visiting a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education. Head for Pontocho Street by crossing through Teramachi Street, Shijo Street, and Kiyamachi Street- all of which will enable you to immerse yourself in modern Japanese culture. Pontocho street is very special, even for locals, because it is one out of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto. From here, you will walk across the majestic Kamo river and taste local sweets. The final section of the tour will lead you to Gion district (which is also another Geisha district). The guide will take y...

    My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

  • Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    4. Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    Explore the Kansai region, the spiritual heart of Japan which is home to some of the country's most interesting cities. Once you’ve picked up your pass, you’ll be able to ride the JR West railways and buses throughout the Kansai region down to Hiroshima.  Discover the vibrant city of Osaka and its amazing food scene. Visit the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto. See Nara's natural beauty, try the beef in Kobe, visit Himeji castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or connect with nature in the forests and waterfalls of Wakayama. Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo in Kishi, admire the best dunes in Tottori, relax in the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring, or take amazing photos in the top Japanese garden of Okayama's Korakuen.  Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima by ferry. Take the road-less traveled and use the JR West bus network to see cities such as ...

  • West Japan: 7-Day Railway Area Pass

    5. West Japan: 7-Day Railway Area Pass

    Book the ideal multi-day Japan Rail Pass covering an extensive part of the Kansai region. This JR West Sanyo-San’in pass offers a great value 7-day pass that allows access to the high-speed Sanyo Shinkansen link between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, conventional lines in Okayama and neighboring regions, ferry, bus, and more. Travel between Osaka and Hakata with reserved seats at no additional cost. If you want to see the major sites like Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka, the Sanyo-San’in pass has you covered. This convenient and affordable pass is highly recommended for multi-city travelers. The main stations you can go to are Kyoto, Otsu, Nara, Wakayama, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Universal City (Universal Studios Japan), Shin-Kobe, Kobe, Kansai International Airport, Takamatsu, Okayama, Uno (port to Naoshima Island), Hiroshima, Miyajima, Fukuoka, Hakata, and Fukuoka Airport.

  • Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

    6. Shin-Kobe: 1 or 2 Day Car Rental

    Pre-book a 1 or 2-day car rental in Kobe and benefit from a stress-free and seamless car rental service. Simply pick up your reserved car from the rental office at Shin-Kobe Station, start the engine, and begin your driving journey to discover the best of Kobe and nearby Osaka. The rental duration for a 1-day rental is 12 hours and you can pick up the car any time during their opening hour (8:00 AM - 10:30 PM). The rental duration for a 2- day rental is 36 hours. For additional convenience, you can also drop-off the car in the Osaka or Shin-Osaka Station office at no additional cost.

  • From Kyoto: Nara Heritage Half-Day Tour

    7. From Kyoto: Nara Heritage Half-Day Tour

    Immerse yourself in the tranquility and history of Nara. Stroll around UNESCO-listed temples, deer-filled parks, and Buddhist statues. Along the way, listen to your guide share insights into the area's spiritual heritage and cultural significance. Meet up with your guide at Kyoto station and hop on a train for the quick ride out to Nara, the first capital of Japan. Take a 30-minute stroll to reach Todaiji Temple, famous for housing one of the world's largest bronze Buddha statues. From there, wander over to serene Nara Park, home to 1,000 tame deer. Learn about the spiritual meaning of deer in the Shinto religion as you take in the peaceful surroundings. Walk until you reach Kofukuji Temple, which was moved to its current location from Kyoto in 710 AD. Admire the striking architecture of the temple's 5-story pagoda, the second tallest in Japan, before heading back to the train for you...

  • From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

    8. From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

    Venture out from Osaka on day trip that gives you history, relaxation, and fun, all with the comfort and luxury of a private vehicle, tour guide, and door-to-door transportation. Customize your itinerary to your preferences and discover the gems of the Kansai region. Discover the mysteries of Himeji Castle, a feat of engineering and one of Japan's most elegant castles still standing today. Let your English-speaking guide take you into the castle buildings, providing you with stories and facts that make for a much richer experience than could be obtained on your own. Learn what rooms were used for what, all about defensive strategies, the role of concubines, and of course how the castle was designed to thwart invasion. Leave Himeji Castle and take a lunch break before heading off to Arima Onsen or central Kobe for some afternoon sights and relaxation. Feel restored by the therapeutic, m...

  • From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

    9. From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

    Go on a private city walking tour through Nara and explore the fascinating history, culture, and food scene of this city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in Kyoto or Osaka and take the train to Nara, the city where Shinto Buddhism was born. See some of Japan’s most significant temples and shrines. Marvel at art and architecture dating back to the 8th-century.   Walk down quiet streets and shaded paths lined with cherry blossom trees and be amazed by Nanto Shichi Daiji, the seven great Buddhist temples. Discover the magical, wood-built architecture overhung with thousands of lanterns at the fairytale Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. At the famous Nara Park, you can see the iconic tame deers that come close enough to greet you. If you are hu...

  • Kyoto: Walking Tour in Gion with Breakfast at Nishiki Market

    10. Kyoto: Walking Tour in Gion with Breakfast at Nishiki Market

    Start out the tour by enjoying the fresh, morning air while walking through Gion. A local tour guide will show you around the calm and quaint morning of Kyoto.  Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere which is a big contrast to the vibrant energy at night. After a healthy little walk, you will visit a shrine that is loved by locals. Once arrived at the market savor a one of a kind Japanese breakfast along with tasting 4 to 5 exquisite dishes selected by your local guide. Nishiki Market has over 400 years of history and has been loved by locals as the "Kitchen of Kyoto" for a long time. The name implies that Nishiki Market is rich with the famous gourmet cuisine of Kyoto. Your local and knowledgeable guide will provide you with valuable information that you cannot get from an ordinary sightseeing tour. During the tour, you are welcome to ask any questions about the history and culture of Kyoto. ...

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What people are saying about Kansai

Mimi was amazing! She was punctual when she met us and so sweet. It was a small group of us (only four people, not including Mimi, our guide) so we were able to ask a ton of questions and take our time. She’s got some great suggestions for additional things to see and do while in Kyoto as well.

Excellent, make sure to skip lunch :)

Great tour, food was amazing and plenty, lasted for about 3,5 hours and we even saw a real geico. You will be eating a lot, so either have a small breakfast only and no lunch. Enjoy!

My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

Excellent small group tour!

Naomi was our tour guide and she was excellent! She guided us through the market place with ease and she was very knowledgeable.

We enjoyed the tour so much that we returned to the market after with more confidence to try new things!