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9 Ski Resorts Near Osaka That'll Have You Booking Your Winter Getaway

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Skiing & Snowboarding

Winter is the season of Japow - Japanese powder snow! And the best ski resorts near Osaka have plenty of it to offer. Although the image of Japanese ski resorts may make your mind naturally wander towards the more popular ones in Hokkaido or Nagano, there are many excellent ski resorts in the Kansai region as well. These resorts make perfect day trips from Osaka too, as they can be reached in about 2 to 3 hours via train or bus. Here are 9 ski resorts near Osaka that you can easily visit for a bit of casual skiing while sightseeing around the Osaka or Kyoto areas! Main image: Adi Haririe / Shutterstock.com

What to Do in Osaka & Kyoto in December 2023: Christmas, New Year's, Seasonal Festivities & More

USJ, Nanko Port Winter

December is a month full of exciting events such as Christmas and New Year's Eve in Japan. People enjoy the festive atmosphere brought by the dazzling illuminations, Christmas markets, and New Year's Eve celebrations that illuminate the country. In this article, we will provide you with a list of fun things to do in Osaka, Kyoto, and other areas around the Kansai region during December.

19 Best Things to Do in Kobe: Attractions, Fun Tours & More

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Downtown

One of western Japan’s most popular cities, Kobe is well known for its resiliency following 1995’s Great Hanshin Earthquake, its international flavor, and, of course, world-famous Kobe beef. Around 30 minutes west of Osaka and located on a scenic harbor, Kobe is a natural addition to any western Japan itinerary and a great weekend destination. Here are the 20 best things to do in Kobe, perfect for any first-time visitor.

Kansai Cherry Blossoms Guide: Best 8 Places To See Sakura in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (2023)

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Spring

Experience the stunning beauty of Japan's famous cherry blossoms in Kansai's most picturesque locations. This comprehensive guide highlights the top 8 spots in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara to witness the blooming of sakura trees. Whether you're a nature lover or a photography enthusiast, these places offer breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe of the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms. * Note that access to grounds and events may be canceled to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please check the latest information on the official website.

5 Kyoto Shukubo: Opt for a Temple Stay in Kyoto and Immerse Yourself in Tranquility

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Unique Hotels

In the heart of Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto, where ancient traditions harmonize with modern life, there exists a remarkable way to experience the city's rich heritage and find solace amid the hustle and bustle of tourism. While Kyoto boasts a plethora of traditional ryokans and modern hotels, there's a hidden gem that offers a unique and immersive encounter with Japanese culture: temple stays. (Main image: Booking.com)

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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