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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 (3392 votes)
Visited by: 6677 users
 2  Uji
City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
User rating: 85/100 (53 votes)
Visited by: 1027 users
 3  Amanohashidate
One of Japan's three most scenic views.
User rating: 83/100 (186 votes)
Visited by: 375 users
 4  Miyama
Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 9 users
  
Osaka Prefecture
 1  Osaka
Largest city of the Kinki Region.
User rating: 86/100 (2546 votes)
Visited by: 5168 users
  
Nara Prefecture
 1  Nara
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 91/100 (2034 votes)
Visited by: 4113 users
 2  Yoshino
Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
User rating: 86/100 (112 votes)
Visited by: 260 users
 3  Asuka
The cradle of the Japanese civilization.
User rating: 80/100 (96 votes)
Visited by: 269 users
Hyogo Prefecture
 1  Kinosaki
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 86/100 (137 votes)
Visited by: 296 users
 2  Himeji
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (996 votes)
Visited by: 2032 users
 3  Kobe
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1177 votes)
Visited by: 2568 users
Shiga Prefecture
 1  Hikone
Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
User rating: 79/100 (224 votes)
Visited by: 501 users
 2  Koka
Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
User rating: 69/100 (7 votes)
Visited by: 90 users
 
Wakayama Prefecture
 1  Mount Koya
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 93/100 (346 votes)
Visited by: 642 users
 2  Kumano
Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
User rating: 84/100 (79 votes)
Visited by: 211 users
 
Mie Prefecture
 1  Ise Shima
Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
User rating: 82/100 (378 votes)
Visited by: 960 users
 2  Iga Ueno
Former castle town famous for ninja.
User rating: 75/100 (194 votes)
Visited by: 458 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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