Japan’s Kansai region is full of wonderful sights for tourists, taking in ancient cities such as Kyoto and Nara and nature reserves on the Kii Peninsula.
Seamus Kearney from the Euronews Postcards team took along a 360° camera to show us some of his favourite places in the region.
Check out Japan’s fastest mochi pounders in 360°
One of the funniest and most spectacular shows in Japan’s Kansai region is in the city of Nara.
The country’s fastest “mochi pounders” can be found in a small shop in the city.
Mochi is a rice product used to make sweet and savoury treats.
The rice is made into a dough and then kneaded in a traditional way using wooden hammers.
At the Nakatanidou shop, Euronews’ Seamus Kearney met the impressive mochi masters who pound the rice with lightning speed.
Take a 360° walk in one of Japan’s most sacred reserves
Tourists looking for a unique spiritual experience often head to Japan’s Kansai region.
The Kii Peninsula is famous for its ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails, which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.
Euronews set up a 360° camera on one of the trails, deep in a magical forest, and we also check out Japan’s tallest waterfall.
A view of Kyoto’s unique Nishijin fabric from all angles
The ancient city of Kyoto is famous for the making of colourful kimonos, including one made from the woven Nishijin fabric.
The designs on the textiles – which are also used to make ties and traditional belts – look like they have been embroidered, but in fact the patterns are woven into the fabric using dyed-silk threads.
Seamus Kearney shows us a traditional Noh dance, which features a Nishijin-ori kimono, and he also meets a traditional craftsman at work.