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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 (3625 votes)
Visited by: 7094 users
 2  Uji
City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
User rating: 85/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 1080 users
 3  Amanohashidate
One of Japan's three most scenic views.
User rating: 83/100 (201 votes)
Visited by: 401 users
 4  Miyama
Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
User rating: 90/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 12 users
  
Osaka Prefecture
 1  Osaka
Largest city of the Kinki Region.
User rating: 86/100 (2718 votes)
Visited by: 5513 users
  
Nara Prefecture
 1  Nara
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 91/100 (2163 votes)
Visited by: 4391 users
 2  Yoshino
Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
User rating: 86/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 271 users
 3  Asuka
The cradle of the Japanese civilization.
User rating: 79/100 (102 votes)
Visited by: 300 users
Hyogo Prefecture
 1  Kinosaki
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 86/100 (149 votes)
Visited by: 322 users
 2  Himeji
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (1041 votes)
Visited by: 2137 users
 3  Kobe
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1251 votes)
Visited by: 2738 users
Shiga Prefecture
 1  Hikone
Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
User rating: 78/100 (243 votes)
Visited by: 533 users
 2  Koka
Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
User rating: 70/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 97 users
 
Wakayama Prefecture
 1  Mount Koya
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 93/100 (371 votes)
Visited by: 691 users
 2  Kumano
Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
User rating: 85/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 227 users
 
Mie Prefecture
 1  Ise Shima
Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
User rating: 82/100 (396 votes)
Visited by: 1019 users
 2  Iga Ueno
Former castle town famous for ninja.
User rating: 75/100 (200 votes)
Visited by: 476 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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