Kansai Region

Kansai Region

The Kinki Region (近畿地方, Kinki Chihō), also commonly known as Kansai (関西, literally "west of the border") encompasses the Kinki Plain and consists of seven prefectures. It used to be the political and cultural center of Japan for many centuries and includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe.

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Kyoto Prefecture

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Kyoto

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.

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8212 users
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Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.

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1208 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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469 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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23 users

Osaka Prefecture

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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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6431 users

Nara Prefecture

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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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5069 users
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Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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304 users
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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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341 users

Hyogo Prefecture

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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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383 users
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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2450 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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Visited by
3145 users

Shiga Prefecture

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Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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621 users
2

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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106 users

Wakayama Prefecture

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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817 users
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Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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278 users

Mie Prefecture

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Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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Visited by
1164 users
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Visited by
526 users

Hotels around Kansai Region

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  • Mount Fuji
  • Nagasaki
  • Nagoya
  • Narita Airport
  • Nikko
  • Niigata
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Sendai
  • Shima Peninsula
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Page last updated: August 12, 2013