Introduction of sightseeing spots in Kansai
including five world heritage sites and seven superb views

Hikone-jo Castle

A picturesque castle commanding views over Lake Biwa in Shiga. Designated a National Treasure, Hikone-jo Castle was constructed in the 1600s by the Ii clan.

Mikatagoko (Five Lakes)

A beautiful wetland area in Fukui prefecture, consisting of five interconnected lakes, each with its own unique water qualities. The area is surrounded by some 80,000 plum trees that blossom magnificently in the early spring.


Renowned as one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan, Amanohashidate is a natural 3.6km sandbar on the Tango Peninsula that when viewed upside down between your legs, resembles a bridge to heaven.

Tottori Sand Dunes

These ancient, naturally occurring dunes along the coast of the Sea of Japan are breathtaking for their sheer size alone.They are Japan’s only large scale dune system, and part of the San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark.

San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark

Spanning the rugged Sea of Japan coast between Tottori and Northern Kyoto, this UNESCO Global Geopark is of significant geological importance since it holds the key to understanding the formation of the Sea of Japan, some 20 million years ago.

The Night views over Osaka and Kobe

Hike up, bike up, or take the cable car - the views from the top of Mt. Rokko across Osaka Bay are spectacular any time of day, but are truly magical after dark and locally known as the 10 Million Dollar View.

The Whirlpools of Naruto

The tidal whirlpools in the Naruto Strait between Naruto and Awaji Island are some of the most famous in the world. During the spring tides, some of the whirlpools can reach 20m across.