Typhoon Jebi — the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Japan in 25 years — devastated the western part of Japan on the 4th of September and disrupted the transportation within the region. Kansai International Airport, one of the major airports in Japan, was shut down after flooding from the storm. Many inbound travelers were forced to cancel their trips due to the shutdown, resulting in huge losses to the region’s tourism economy.
As the railway services have restarted ahead of schedule, and Kansai International Airport planning to resume full operations by 21st September, it is expected that travelers will gradually return to the region. KKday, a travel startup from Taiwan which just received funding from Japanese travel operator, H.I.S., cares about its Japanese local suppliers and has launched an online campaign to help them recover from the impact of the storm.
According to KKday, many of the tourism spots are now ready to accommodate travelers after extensive repairs. If you are planning to visit the Kansai region, here are some suggested places and tour activities that were not affected by the storm, where you can still enjoy the beauty and fun of this country:
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple, KyotoKiyomizu-dera, with over 1200 years of history, is one of the must-see world heritage sites in Kyoto. If you want to immerse yourself in ancient Kyoto, you can consider to wear a traditional Kimono and accessories. A day-long Kimono rental and some great pictures in front of Kiyimizu-dera or on the streets can complete your Kyoto cultural experience.
- Arashiyama, Kyoto
Tour the historic Arashiyama district in style. Jump on the Sagano Romantic Train. Relax and admire the landscape as the Sagano Scenic Railway winds through the spectacular Hozugawa Ravine full of rocky peaks and luscious hills. Then pick up the action with a boat trip on the Hozugawa River and witness the impressive forested slopes surrounding the river.
- Osaka City
Osaka, a popular city in Kansai region, a place enjoyed by shopaholics, foodies, lovers, and gamers alike. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Osaka, observing the stunning cityscape 280 meters above ground from Abeno Harukas 300 Observatory. Or you can enjoy Akiba Kart, Osaka’s must-try experience in Japan; wearing iconic costumes from the world-famous game, “Mario Kart”, and have experience go-karting through Osaka’s beautiful landscapes.
- Mount Gozaisho, Osaka
Mount Gozaisho is famous for the sharp outlook of the mountains and rich nature. If you are planning to visit in the fall, it would also be a great place to witness the beauty of red maple. Hop on the Gozaisho Ropeway from Yunoyama Onsen Station for a spectacular view of Mt. Gozaisho. Unwind at Aqua Ignis onsen and soak away the stress.
You may go to the website for more travel information and get satisfying limited discount of the tour products: https://event.kkday.com/zh-tw/event/cheerupjp
KKday is an online platform that specializes in local in-destination tours and activities. Through a collection of highly curated experiences, KKday provides travelers an avenue to find exciting off-grid activities and book them easily through our platform.
As the largest travel e-commerce platform in Asia, KKday is currently hosting over 10,000 experiences from over 80 countries and 500 cities. Our platform is multilingual and supports both traditional and simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, and other languages. Our goal is to be accessible and help all types of travelers find and experience new things.