“Along the river Drift scarlet leaves; In the mountain heart Snow-melt waters Must be rising even now” Like what is conveyed from this waka (Japanese poetry) written during the Heian period, the…

Consistently voted the world’s best city by Travel+Lesiure, Kyoto is undeniably one of the most globally renowned tourist destinations. Considering the popularity of this koto (ancient capital), it is difficult to imagine…

The delicate pastel colors of the cosmos flowers growing en masse are referred to as the sakura of autumn, and like the cherry blossoms in spring, the fleeting beauty of these blooms…

“Even in the ancient days, The Gods holding sway; I never heard the water Gleaming red with autumn leaves In Tatsuta’s stream” Like what is illustrated from the waka (Japanese poetry), written…

Planning a trip around Japan and wondering where to stay along the way? We always recommend booking at least a few nights at a ryokan for a taste of traditional living, but…

Address: 1F Shinsaibashi Kawachi Bldg., 1-8-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka Website: asics.com/jp/ja-jp/    Tel: 06-6226-8506

How Much: Entrance fees for temples vary Nara Visitors Bureau Address: 3F Nara Visitor Center, Ikeno-cho, Nara city, Japan 630-8361 Website: nara-sightseeing.com  Email: [email protected]

One of the best things about visiting Nara Prefecture is enjoying its abundance of scenic nature. The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were registered as World Heritage Sites in July 2004 and straddle the three prefectures of Nara, Wakayama and Mie. Among them, Nara Prefecture holds the sacred sites of Yoshino and Omine, and pilgrimage routes of Omine Okugakemichi Route including Tamaki Shrine, and the Kumano Sankeimichi Kohechi Path. These paths contain some of Japan's oldest roads, taking you through sacred mountains and ancient forests. Before you go, read up about the different trails you can take and plan your route depending on your time restrictions. More information can be found here: https://www.visitnara.jp/world-heritage/ Nara Visitors Bureau Address: 3F Nara Visitor Center, Ikeno-cho, Nara city, Japan 630-8361 Website: nara-sightseeing.com  Email: [email protected]

Located inside Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, Teppanyaki Kokoro offers a dining experience like no other. Enjoy succulent Kobe beef and local Hyogo ingredients prepared right before your eyes. Each dish is served on Tamba ware, a regional ceramic brand with a history of over 800 years. Choose from over 200 wines and local Hyogo sake to pair with your meal. Expert sommeliers are on hand to aid you in making the best choice for your specific taste.   Address: 7-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City Website: global.l-s.jp/dining/teppanyaki-kokoro/    Tel: 078-371-1111

Address: 318 Arimacho, Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture Website: gekkoen.co.jp/kourokan/en/    Tel: 078-903-2255

Address: 387 Mukadeya-cho, Nishikikoji-agaru, Shinmachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Website: www.intergatehotels.jp/kyoto_shijo/ Tel: 075-255-2221

From Kintetsu-Nara Station, take a 15-minute stroll towards the famous Todaiji temple to say hello to the Great Buddha of Nara housed in the temple’s Daibutsuden hall. Both the statue and its home are noteworthy, being one of largest bronze statues of a Buddha in the world and largest wooden building in the world respectively. The Buddha, a representation of Vairocana, weighs about 500 tons and measures nearly 15 meters in height (close to 50 feet). How Much: Adults ¥600, elementary students ¥300 Address: 406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture Website: www.todaiji.or.jp Tel: 0742-22-5511  

How Much: Free Address: 30 Noborioji-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture Website: nara-park.com/en/ Tel: 0742-22-0375

Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka Website: www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/    Tel: 06-6576-5501

Take a cinematic trip around Japan by following the footsteps of some of our favorite on-screen characters, and visiting some of the country’s most picturesque film locations. Hyogo Fans of Star Wars…