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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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Attractions
Kyoto Prefecture
 1  Kyoto
For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
User rating: 97/100 (3293 votes)
Visited by: 6483 users
 2  Uji
City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
User rating: 84/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 1002 users
 3  Amanohashidate
One of Japan's three most scenic views.
User rating: 83/100 (180 votes)
Visited by: 366 users
 4  Miyama
Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 7 users
  
Osaka Prefecture
 1  Osaka
Largest city of the Kinki Region.
User rating: 86/100 (2475 votes)
Visited by: 5013 users
  
Nara Prefecture
 1  Nara
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 91/100 (1985 votes)
Visited by: 4003 users
 2  Yoshino
Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
User rating: 86/100 (108 votes)
Visited by: 249 users
 3  Asuka
The cradle of the Japanese civilization.
User rating: 80/100 (94 votes)
Visited by: 263 users
Hyogo Prefecture
 1  Himeji
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (981 votes)
Visited by: 1994 users
 2  Kinosaki
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 86/100 (135 votes)
Visited by: 293 users
 3  Kobe
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1142 votes)
Visited by: 2494 users
Shiga Prefecture
 1  Hikone
Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
User rating: 79/100 (215 votes)
Visited by: 481 users
 2  Koka
Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
User rating: 67/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 88 users
 
Wakayama Prefecture
 1  Mount Koya
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 94/100 (339 votes)
Visited by: 626 users
 2  Kumano
Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
User rating: 84/100 (78 votes)
Visited by: 201 users
 
Mie Prefecture
 1  Ise Shima
Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
User rating: 82/100 (371 votes)
Visited by: 931 users
 2  Iga Ueno
Former castle town famous for ninja.
User rating: 76/100 (192 votes)
Visited by: 446 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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