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Kansai Travel Guide

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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.

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Kyoto Prefecture
 1  Kyoto
For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
User rating: 97/100 (3443 votes)
Visited by: 6772 users
 2  Uji
City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
User rating: 84/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 1039 users
 3  Amanohashidate
One of Japan's three most scenic views.
User rating: 83/100 (188 votes)
Visited by: 380 users
 4  Miyama
Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 8 users
  
Osaka Prefecture
 1  Osaka
Largest city of the Kinki Region.
User rating: 86/100 (2586 votes)
Visited by: 5254 users
  
Nara Prefecture
 1  Nara
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 91/100 (2060 votes)
Visited by: 4175 users
 2  Yoshino
Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
User rating: 86/100 (112 votes)
Visited by: 262 users
 3  Asuka
The cradle of the Japanese civilization.
User rating: 79/100 (98 votes)
Visited by: 275 users
Hyogo Prefecture
 1  Kinosaki
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 86/100 (138 votes)
Visited by: 300 users
 2  Himeji
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (1004 votes)
Visited by: 2057 users
 3  Kobe
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1191 votes)
Visited by: 2607 users
Shiga Prefecture
 1  Hikone
Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
User rating: 79/100 (229 votes)
Visited by: 509 users
 2  Koka
Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
User rating: 71/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 92 users
 
Wakayama Prefecture
 1  Mount Koya
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 93/100 (351 votes)
Visited by: 649 users
 2  Kumano
Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
User rating: 84/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 216 users
 
Mie Prefecture
 1  Ise Shima
Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
User rating: 82/100 (381 votes)
Visited by: 971 users
 2  Iga Ueno
Former castle town famous for ninja.
User rating: 75/100 (195 votes)
Visited by: 458 users
 

Access and Orientation
Osaka's Kansai International Airport is Japan's second largest international airport, served by many Japanese and international airlines.

From Tokyo, the Kinki area can be easily accessed by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen in about two to three hours. Check the individual cities' access pages for more details.

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