Kansai Region

Kansai Region

The Kinki Region (‹ß‹E’n•û, Kinki Chihō), also commonly known as Kansai (ŠÖ¼, 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.

What To See

Kyoto Prefecture

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Kyoto

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.

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Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.

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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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Osaka Prefecture

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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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Nara Prefecture

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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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Hyogo Prefecture

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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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Shiga Prefecture

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Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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Wakayama Prefecture

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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Mie Prefecture

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Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Last updated: August 12, 2013
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