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Great Escapes- What to do in Kansai

This Winter experience all the cultural, gourmet, and seasonal festivities Kansai has to offer.


Seafood at The Thousand Kyoto

Winter in Japan is well-known for its incredible seafood, and one of the best places to taste that seafood is at The Thousand Kyoto. Until the end of January, Matsuba crab takes the center stage, accompanied by Japanese amberjack, pufferfish, and grouper.

The expert chef will also prepare various seasonal types of meat such as pork and duck.

When: Jan. 7 to Jan. 29 Where: The Thousand Kyoto, 570 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto Cost: ¥30,000 Web: www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/ the-thousand-kyoto/plan/restaurant/ kani.html


Helicopter Flight Over Osaka and Kobe


Experience Osaka’s city lights from a whole new perspective. Set off on AirX’s new helicopter tours in a romantic evening setting to explore the city from above.


Choose from their short course around Osaka or their longer course to compare the evening views of Kobe.

When: Every Saturday throughout Jan.

Where: Yao Airport, Yao, Osaka

Cost: From¥ 59,800 (per group)


TeamLab Botanical Garden Osaka

In 2022 art collective teamLab created a new permanent exhibit in Osaka’s Nagai Botanical Garden bringing together art, nature and technology. The Digitized Nature project explores how technology can turn nature into art without harming it, in a series of immersive artworks and exhibitions that come to life at night.

Where: Nagai Botanical Garden 1-23 Nagaikoen, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka Cost: Adults ¥1,600 Web: www.teamlab.art/e/botanicalgarden

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