Welcome to Northern Kansai

Step off the beaten path into an undiscovered Japan

Exploring Northern Kansai

A short distance from the major tourist attractions of Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka is Northern Kansai. Travel by train or bus through the beautiful landscape unhindered by concrete, noeon lights and skyscrapers. Here you will find towns lost in antiquity, prestine beaches, rejuvenating hot springs, culture and history and experiences that can't be found in the big cities. There is more to do than can be done in a single day and something for everyone.

About Northern Kansai

Getting Here

A quick train ride from Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji and Osaka. Relaxing hot springs, beautiful beaches and tranquil villages full of history and tradition await you here in Northern Kansai.

*Times by express train
1 Osaka

3 Hours ~

2 Kyoto

2.5 Hours ~

3 Kobe

2.5 Hours ~

4 Himeji

2 Hours ~

5 Kansai Intl.

4 Hours ~

travel from Kyoto Osaka Kobe Himeji
Stay the Night, or Two

Spend a relaxing night along the coast, in a quiet village or near the hot springs of Northern Kansai. Choose from ryokans, bed and breakfasts, hotels and more. Where ever you stay you are sure to enjoy wonderful Japanese hospitality.

Northern Kansai News and Events
Local News and Events
Also known as the fighting portable shrine festival. The climax of the festival is when four major shrines meet in the middle to battle. This is one of Kinosaki's largest festivals, one not to be missed! The festival is held for two days every year in October on the 14th and 15th. The main ev...
The vibrant Azalea red leaves can be seen at Ankokuji Temple in Tanto in the middle of November, located about 45 minute drive from a major hot spring town Kinosaki Onsen. The temple is open for viewings from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last entry 6:30 p.m.) during the period. The leaves will be ...
Fruit Picking
Northern Kansai offers you various types of fruits throughout the year, such as strawberries, melons, blueberries, peaches, watermelons, pears, grapes, etc. Autumn will be visiting Northern Kansai shortly.  It’s the season of grape and pear harvest. You may be treated by fruity ge... Read More
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