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.

KANSAI PREFECTURES

Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture
Hyogo Prefecture is at the western edge of the Kansai region of Japan. The capital of Hyogo Prefecture is Kobe. Hyogo Prefecture is most famous for Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Listed Jap...

Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto Prefecture is in the Kansai region on the main island of Japan, Honshu. While Kyoto city, a former capital of Japan, dominates Kyoto Prefecture from the point of attractions, the prefe...

Mie Prefecture
Mie Prefecture is part of the Kansai region on Honshu island. Mie Prefecture forms the eastern part of the Kii Peninsula. The capital of Mie Prefecture is Tsu, which is close to Nagoya and h...

Nara Prefecture

Nara Prefecture
Nara Prefecture is in Kansai region on the main island of Honshu. The capital of Nara Prefecture is the former capital of Japan, Nara city. Nara Prefecture attractions include 15 World Herit...

Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Prefecture
Osaka Prefecture is in the Kansai region on the main island of Japan, Honshu. Osaka Prefecture is dominated by the capital city of the prefecture Osaka city with the urban area almost comple...

Shiga Prefecture

Shiga Prefecture
Shiga Prefecture is to the North West of Kyoto in the Kansai region. The capital of Shiga Prefecture is Otsu, but the prefecture is dominated by Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Much of...

Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama Prefecture is to the south of Osaka on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region. The capital city of Wakayama Prefecture is Wakayama city. Wakayama Prefecture attractions include ten ...

KANSAI PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Kobe

Kobe
Kobe is a city in Kansai, close to Osaka and Kyoto. Kobe is a cosmopolitan port city with an international flavour, hemmed in by Mt. Rokko. Kobe is known worldwide for its exquisitely marble...

Kyoto

Kyoto
Kyoto, a former capital of Japan, in the Kansai region, it is famous for its history and culture. Kyoto features 17 World Heritage Sites, 1,600 temples, 400 shrines, many beautiful Japanese ...

Nara

Nara
Nara is in Kansai region on the main island of Honshu. Nara, the capital of Nara Prefecture, is a former capital of Japan and features many great monuments from that period with ten World He...

Osaka

Osaka
Osaka is in Kansai region on the main island of Honshu. Osaka is Japan's second largest city and is a major industrial, port and economic centre. Osaka attractions include Osaka Castle and U...

Otsu
Otsu is the capital of Shiga Prefecture and is on next to Lake Biwa and close to Kyoto. Otsu was the capital of Japan (667AD) before it was largely destroyed in the Jinshin War and the capit...

Tsu
Tsu is the capital of Mie Prefecture in the Kansai region, but is actually close to Nagoya. Tsu is on coastline of Ise Bay. Tsu attractions include Mitake is a small village which is famous ...

Wakayama
Wakayama is city to the south of Osaka on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region. Wakayama is both the largest city and capital city of Wakayama Prefecture with a population of just under 40...

Author: Craig Fryer

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