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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.

Top destinations in Kansai

Kyoto Prefecture

Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
4.1 / 5
1,265

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
4.2 / 5
28
Osaka Prefecture
Nara Prefecture

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
4.1 / 5
314
Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji••

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
4.1 / 5
2,590

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
3.8 / 5
3,292
Shiga Prefecture

Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
3.6 / 5
663

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
3.1 / 5
114
Wakayama Prefecture

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
4.1 / 5
303
Mie Prefecture
Page last updated: January 8, 2017