Prosperous Kansai region including Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe is considered as the commercial capital of Japan since the ancient times. Thus, Kansai has distinctive look of vitality and sparkles with energy even until today. Kansai has created a very special attraction to tourists. Famous cities in the Kansai area may remind you of crowded spots which are full of colors of Southeast Asia. However, this is where all the characteristics of Japanese people is expressed most clearly, in both traditional and modern values.
Mikimoto Pearl Island is a small island located in Toba city of Mie Prefecture. Inherently the origin of the lands cultivating pearls, it now has become a tourist destination. On the island, visitors can see female fishermen catching shells, learn about the history of Mikimoto Pearl Island, and the cultivation of pearls. Visitors will be provided knowledge of pearls, different colors of pearls, differences between natural and artificial pearls.
9. Kobe Port Tower
Kobe Tower was built based on the shape of a pipe which is a very unique design in the world with “Hypeboloid structure” like a traditional musical instrument of Japan. Due to that characteristic, it is also called the “Steel Tower Beauty”. At night, the whole tower is lit up by thousands of LEDs, creating a shimmering landscape. At a height of 108m, the red tower is the symbol of Kobe. Standing on the observation deck on the top floor, visitors can contemplate the panorama view of the port city in 360 degrees.
10. Yasaka Shrine
Yakasa shrine was built in 656 AD with the frontage facing the avenue Shijo-dori, in the Gion (center of Kyoto). Yakasa shrine attracts millions of worshippers in the New year Eve. Next to the shrine is Maruyama Park, where the cherry blossom festival takes place each spring. Yasaka is also well- known for the traditional dance of geisha and the bean throwing ritual celebrating New Year in Setsubun festival, with the hope to bring good luck ward off evil spirits.