Welcome to Northern Kansai

Step off the beaten path into an undiscovered Japan

Exploring Northern Kansai

Travel north, beyond the golden route and the major cities of Kansai to discover the beauty and hidden treasures of traditional Japan. Visit northern Hyogo prefecture and northern Kyoto prefecture.

WOODLAND KYOTO

-Step into a forest paradise -
About a 20min. train ride from Kyoto City, you will arrive in the area called “Woodland Kyoto”. While fostering a deep connection with the forests, the people here led enriched lives and developed their own culture.

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WOODLAND KYOTO

KINOSAKI ONSEN & SURROUNDINGS

Famous for its hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen, white sandy beaches of Takeno, the well preserved castle town of Izushi and mountain sports & activities available year round.

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GREATER KINOSAKI AREA

KYOTO BY THE SEA

- The source of Japan -
"Kyoto by the Sea" is where civilization blossomed before any other region in Ancient Japan. This is the origin of Japan with bountiful, nature-blessed land.

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KYOTO BY THE SEA
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.
Airport

4 Hours ~

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Northern Kansai News and Events
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Events
Tanto Tulip Festival 2019 will be held from the middle of April to the end of April. Come out to see the approximately 1,000,000 planted tulips that come in about 300 different types. 100,000 of these tulips will be used to make a flower art of the popular character in Japan. This festival takes ...
Izushi Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from 23rd March to 30th April, 2019. There are two types of cherry blossoms in izushi, meaning that the viewing season can be enjoyed for a little longer than usual, in fact Izushi holds its annual cherry blossom festival during the whole month of April...
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Yukata Village Kinosaki Onsen
Kinosaki Onsen is a charming town with seven spectacular bathhouses and tradition of wearing yukata. Your ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) will provide you with yukata with own distinct pattern. Most visitors in the town appear to be dressed in yukata and enjoy walking around town along the will... Read More
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