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.

What To See

Kyoto Prefecture

1

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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1090 users
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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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5615 users

Nara Prefecture

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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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4470 users
2

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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277 users
3

Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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307 users

Hyogo Prefecture

1

Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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325 users
2

Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2162 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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2779 users

Shiga Prefecture

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Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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542 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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100 users

Wakayama Prefecture

1

Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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701 users
2

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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232 users

Mie Prefecture

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Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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1036 users
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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480 users
Last updated: August 12, 2013
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