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10 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Kansai Region

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For those who don't know, Kansai Region lies in the south-central area of Japan's main island Honshu. It is composed of seven prefectures namely Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shiga, and Wakayama. The main entry point of foreign tourists to this region is the Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Kobe Port. 

This region is a great place to immerse oneself in Japan's rich history and culture. Adults would surely find Kansai a fascinating place to visit... However, the big question is, is it kid-friendly? In my opinion, and probably the majority of all those who had visited this region before, the Kansai Region and Japan, in general, is a very child-friendly place. 

For today's article, I have compiled 10 child-friendly places to bring your child(ren) when you visit the Kansai Region. Here are my top 10 recommendations of child-friendly places in the Kansai Region:

1. Eiraku Yumenomori ParkLocation: 65-110 Daimyo Noda, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka Prefecture
Perfect for…

Japan Diaries 2: Day 22

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Day 22 (June 7, 2018) Ohayou! This is it! Our final day in Japan.

I woke up early and was amazed to see the neighborhood of Tsubasagaoka blanketed by thick fog. What's more amazing was the fact that it was still very foggy until 8:30AM. 


Aside from being chilly outside, I decided to remain indoors because of the fact that my mind kept on playing scenes from Stephen King's The Mist. Thankfully the fog lifted at around noon and it turned out to be quite sunny. for the first time, Japan's weather forecast didn't hit the mark.





We went to AEON Mall in Wakayama for lunch and also to look for ingredients for some dishes requested by our Japanese family. Sadly, there were none. For lunch, we had an unlimited Sukiyaki at Shabusai which is a restaurant found at the Restaurant Street area of AEON Mall. 

Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) 2018: Cultural Adventure

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Suna Matsuri or Sand Festival (白浜砂祭りis an annual festival held every May in Shirarahama Beach in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Shirahama, for those who are unfamiliar with the place, is a coastal resort town on the southern coast of Wakayama Prefecture. The town is famous for its onsen(s), rock formations, and of course Shirarahama Beach.
Suna Matsuri or Sand Festival (白浜砂祭り) Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) DetailsSpeaking of Shirarahama Beach, it is the venue of the annual Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) held every May. The highlight of this festival is the Sand Art Contest that is modeled after the Snow Festival of Hokkaido. This competition features around 30 - 60 pieces of three-dimensional artworks made from the sand of the beach. These artistic mounds measures around 15 feet by 15 feet and is at least 6 - 10 feet tall.





The entries for the contest have various designs like animals, human faces, landmarks, and even famous pop culture characters. These add up to the beauty of the…

Engetsu Island - Wakayama

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Located several meters from the coast of the resort town of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture,Engetsu Island also Engetsu-to (円月島) is a small yet must-see island of the town. 
Engetsu Island DetailsThe name engetsu means "the island of the full moon". However, a lot of people are unaware that its official name is actually Takashima. The island measures approximately 115 feet from east-to-west, 430 feet north-to-south, and 82 feet high at the tallest elevation.


Despite being an island, Engetsu-to is also viewed as a scenic rock formation jotting our of Rinkai Bay. It is famous for its natural sandstone arch which has a perfectly circular hole in the middle. This hole was formed through the natural effects of the waves and the wind which eroded the "weaker" part of the rock formation. Speaking of it being formed largely from sandstone and the erosion due to winds and waves, the island's famous arch is currently in danger of collapsing. That's why the local gover…

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