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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.

Top destinations in Kansai

Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
4.1 / 5
1,278

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
4.1 / 5
30

Osaka••

Largest city of the Kinki Region.
4.1 / 5
6,833

Yoshino

Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
4.1 / 5
316

Himeji••

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
4.1 / 5
2,618

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
3.8 / 5
3,324

Hikone

Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
3.6 / 5
672

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
3.1 / 5
116

Kumano

Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
4.1 / 5
309

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.
3.4 / 5
548
Page last updated: January 8, 2017