Kansai Region Dos and Don'ts

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Nara, Kansai Region, Japan
OKARU: OKONOMIYAKI HEAVEN IS IN NARA

Okonomiyaki is a type of 2 layered pancake with cabbage and any filling you can think of. It is a treat for the one looking for good japanese food!

Okaru is one highly recommended if you're in Nara. The food is prepared at your table, and cooked on your table! All ingredients are brought to the table in bowls and then mixed in front of you and cooked on the hotplates so watch your hands! It is VERY hot. Makes the ice-cold beer go down like a treat. Fun. Friendly staff. And YUMMY! Plus they got English menus...

Favorite Dish: Okonomiyaki with udon, mushrooms, tuna, shrimps and lots of cheese.

Address: 13 Higashimukiminamimati, Nara
Phone: (0742) - 24 -3686
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Fukuoka, Kansai Region, Japan
Brush up on your Japanese and bring a guide book. Fukuoka has relatively few English speaking locals compared to other Asian cities.
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Osaka, Kansai Region, Japan
What an awesome city. If you ever consider going to Japan you should plan of at least stay here for one or two nights. The night life as well as the shopping possibilities are awesome. It's even easier getting around with english here than in Tokyo. In short distance you can reach Kyoto with it's wonderful Temples by train.
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Osaka, Kansai Region, Japan
Main Tip: KNOW THE TRAINS AND SUBWAY SYSTEM! You could be lost for hours.
On the first night here we experienced a tremor which registered about 4 on the Richter Scale.  Groceries had been knocked down on store shelves.  My wife awaked, woke me, and I was annoyed at her waking me not realizing it was the tremor that awakened me in actuality.  The school children and administrators we interviewed during our research was quite informative.  The Japanese were very curious about our African-American toddler son, but were respectful and polite.Japan, overall, is the cleanest country I've ever visited.In bigger cities there are homeless and social ills, but you have to search and pry to find them.
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Tenri, Kansai Region, Japan
Tenri is a tightly-populated area outside of Kobe.  There is a theater where we shot video for a concert that was performing for the residence as a sister-cities exchange tour.   As with ANYWHERE in Japan, I would say know where you are going and how to get there..... or you will be lost for a long time. The Japanese were very curious about our African-American toddler son, but were respectful and polite.  Japan, overall, is the cleanest country I've ever visited.  In bigger cities there are homeless and social ills, but you have to search and pry to find them.
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