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Lunch at Tuna Specialty Restaurant “Maguro no Entoki” in Osaka!

“Maguro no Entoki Shinsaibashi Store” opened in 2016.
It’s a wholesale tuna shop located in Osaka’s Kuromon Ichiba market, and it’s known for being somewhere you can get fresh tuna at a good price.
I heard that they serve a delicious tuna donburi (rice bowl) at lunchtime, so I hurried up and went for a visit.

Convenient for Sightseeing in Osaka!  Hostel Namba Minami Kanon Can Even Accommodate Large Groups

This article will introduce Osaka's Hostel Namba Minami Kanon, which opened in November of 2016.
You can take just one train out here from Kansai International Airport, reaching the closest station of Shin-Imamiya without making any transfers!
From this location, it's also easy to access Osaka's main tourist attractions, such as Namba, Dotonbori, Kuromon Ichiba (Market), Osaka Castle Park, and Universal Studios Japan (USJ).

Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine – “Yabusame-Shinji”

“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.
During the event, archers on horseback ride through the forest and shoot at targets. It is said that, if the arrows meet their marks, there will be an abundant harvest of crops that year and wishes will be granted.

A Kyoto Spring Tradition, “Aoi Matsuri” (“Hollyhock Festival”)

Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.

Enjoy Japan's Beautiful Flowers Whenever You Visit Osaka's Expo '70 Commemorative Park!

Are you aware of a spot in Osaka that you can visit to appreciate flowers in season? That spot is the Expo '70 Commemorative Park! This park stands on the former site of the Japan Expo, the first Exposition held in Asia in 1970. Its extensive grounds house the symbolic Tower of the Sun, facilities offering a variety of experiences, and an area where many different flowers can be appreciated in each season.

HOSTEL WASABI Kyoto Machiya SOBA in KYOTO

Today, I'd like to introduce Hostel Wasabi Kyoto Soba, a traditional old house in Kyoto that has been converted into a hostel.
This inn is located in a residential area about 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station. The nearest train station, Kitano-Hakubaicho Station, is an 11-minute bus ride away. However, it is in close proximity to a number of tourist attractions, such as Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Seimei Shrine, making this location surprisingly convenient! There is also bus access heading for Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) and Arashiyama.