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

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Kyoto

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.

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7819 users
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Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.

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Visited by
1153 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Visited by
446 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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16 users

Osaka Prefecture

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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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6101 users

Nara Prefecture

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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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4838 users
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Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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287 users
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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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324 users

Hyogo Prefecture

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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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Visited by
355 users
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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2335 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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Visited by
3014 users

Shiga Prefecture

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Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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589 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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103 users

Wakayama Prefecture

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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775 users
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Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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263 users

Mie Prefecture

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Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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Visited by
1115 users
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Visited by
512 users

Hotels around Kansai Region

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  • Kyoto
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  • Hakone
  • Hiroshima
  • Hokkaido
  • Kamakura
  • Kanazawa
  • Kansai Airport
  • Kyoto
  • Mount Fuji
  • Nagasaki
  • Nagoya
  • Narita Airport
  • Nikko
  • Niigata
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Sendai
  • Shima Peninsula
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo
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Page last updated: August 12, 2013