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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1096 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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Osaka Prefecture

1

Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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5653 users

Nara Prefecture

1

Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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2

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.

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279 users
3

Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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309 users

Hyogo Prefecture

1

Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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328 users
2

Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2175 users
3

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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2809 users

Shiga Prefecture

1

Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.

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549 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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101 users

Wakayama Prefecture

1

Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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706 users
2

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.

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234 users

Mie Prefecture

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Ise Shima

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.

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1043 users
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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485 users
Last updated: August 12, 2013
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