Discover Another Kyoto by taking a short trip out from Kyoto City. A wide range of experiences awaits you, whether it be spectacularly breathtaking nature, traditional culture, or adventurous activities.
EXPLORE KANSAI BY RAIL
Discover the Unknown Charm of the Kansai Area Through a Tour by Train of the World Heritage Sites
Kobe Beef delights palates around the world
Kobe Beef is celebrated for its tender, rich flavor and delicate fat that pleasantly melts in your mouth. Find a shop offering Kobe Beef near you, and taste the superb premium beef for yourself.
Kyoto and Nara: Unesco World Heritage Sites
Ancient cities in Japan: Kyoto and Nara, Visit the classic locations in Japan
The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage castle located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, is also known as the White Heron Castle for its pristine white stature that stands out against the blue sky, resembling a white heron taking flight. Admire the dazzling castle tower and explore the many attractions including the various defenses against attack. In Koko-en garden founded on the grounds of the former West Residence, you can enjoy dining or tea while gazing at the majestic castle.
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Things to do Kansai
Bus tours that include Kyoto and Nara among their destinations are popular. We recommend tours for strolling around the public markets and experiencing Osaka as a city for food.
Other than guided tours of Kyoto, popular options include going for a meal with a maiko (apprentice geisha), dressing up as a maiko to have your photo taken, or taking a maiko-themed tour.
Diverse activity options include tours of historic temples, dyeing cloth with vegetable dyes, and making tea scoops and tea whisks.