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

1

Kyoto

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.

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3766
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Visited by
7369 users
2

Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.

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98
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Visited by
1105 users
3

Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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208
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Visited by
422 users
4

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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Visited by
14 users

Osaka Prefecture

1

Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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2834
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Visited by
5728 users

Nara Prefecture

1

Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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2248
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Visited by
4554 users
2

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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118
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Visited by
281 users
3

Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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104
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Visited by
313 users

Hyogo Prefecture

1

Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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152
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Visited by
332 users
2

Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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1072
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Visited by
2204 users
3

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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1299
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Visited by
2841 users

Shiga Prefecture

1

Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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249
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Visited by
556 users
2

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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12
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Visited by
102 users

Wakayama Prefecture

1

Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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385
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Visited by
718 users
2

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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83
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Visited by
243 users

Mie Prefecture

1

Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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408
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Visited by
1057 users
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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206
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Visited by
492 users
Last updated: August 12, 2013
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