The Kinki Region (ߋEn, Kinki Chihō), also commonly known as Kansai (֐, 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.

Top destinations in Kansai

1

Kyoto•••

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
4.8 / 5
8,995
2

Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
4.0 / 5
1,334
4

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
4.0 / 5
35
1

Osaka••

Largest city of the Kinki Region.
4.1 / 5
7,040
2

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
4.1 / 5
328
1

Kinosaki••

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
4.1 / 5
433
2

Himeji••

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
4.1 / 5
2,743
4

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
3.8 / 5
3,405
1

Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
3.6 / 5
699
2

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
3.2 / 5
118
2

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
4.1 / 5
329
1

Ise Shima••

Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
3.8 / 5
1,288
2

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.
3.4 / 5
558