KANSAI

Guide to Kansai region of Japan including Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Also includes Kansai map and Kansai hotel.

Kansai is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu, second only to Tokyo's Kanto in population. Kansai, also known as Kinki, literally means "near the capital" (referring to both Kyoto and Nara which are both former capitals of Japan). While Osaka was damaged badly during World War II, Nara and Kyoto in particular were basically left undamaged, combined with little damage in previous wars or via natural disaster, has resulted in many historic sites including many World Heritiage Sites from five different World Heritage Listings (more than any other region of Japan).

Kansai Map

Kansai Map

The differences between Kansai and Kanto (the eastern region dominated by Tokyo) are slight but numerous. Kansai people speak a distinctive dialect of Japanese, use less dark soy in their cooking, ride on the other side of escalators, the women carry their handbags differently, renowned for humour (most Japanese comedians come from Kansai) and their love of food.

KANSAI PREFECTURES MAIN CITIES

Following are the Kansai Prefectures and their capital cities.

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Author: Craig Fryer

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