KANSAI CITIES

Kansai Cities include: Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Wakayama.

Guide to Kansai Cities includes basic information about each of the main Kansai Cities and links to more detailed information about each of the Kansai Cities. Kansai Cities include two former capitals of Japan: Kyoto and Nara.

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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...

KANSAI MAIN CITIES and TOWNS

Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate, the town is next to Amanohashidate (Bridge to Heaven) Scenic Area, one of the Three Views of Japan. Amanohashidate is near the Sea of Japan in Kyoto Prefecture....

Asuka
Asuka is a town in Nara Prefecture, which includes the ruins of the former Imperial capital of Japan; Asuka (written differently in Japanese to modern town). Asuka the Imperial capital bet...

Hikone

Hikone
Hikone is a historically significant castle city to the North West of Kyoto, but in Shiga Prefecture. Hikone is on the edge of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Much of the history of Hi...

Himeji

Himeji
Himeji is a city in Hyogo Prefecture, at the western edge of the Kansai region. Himeji is most famous for its World Heritage Listed Himeji Castle, which is the best example of intact Japanes...

Ikeda
Ikeda is a city in Osaka Prefecture and a popular day trip destination. Ikeda has many things to offer from its beautiful Satsukiyama (Mt Satsuki), many significant temples and shrines plus ...

Ise
Ise is city on the coast of Ise Bay Mie Prefecture, situated south of Nagoya. Ise is the site of the famous Ise Grand Shrine, which is considered to be Shinto's most important sites. The Ise...

Izumi
Izumi is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Izumiotsu
Izumiotsu is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Izumisano

Izumisano
Izumisano is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Izumisano is home to the offshore Kansai International Airport, and to the 256m/840ft Rinku Gate Tower Building, the second tallest building i...

Kadoma
Kadoma is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Kaizuka
Kaizuka (Kaidzuka) is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan on Osaka Bay, southwest of the prefectural capital of Osaka....

Kashihara
Kashihara is a city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Kashihara is the second largest city in Nara Prefecture. Kashihara attractions include Kashihara Shrine. The modern city of Kashihara includes ...

Kashiwara
Kashiwara is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Kawachinagano
Kawachinagano is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Kishiwada

Kishiwada
Kishiwada is a city in the South of Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Kishiwada is famous for its Kishiwada Castle....

Kumatori
Kumatori is a town in Sen'nan District, Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Matsubara
Matsubara is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Mino
Mino is a popular day trip destination from Osaka. Mino is 15Km north of central Osaka. It features museums, temples and park lands....

Miyazu
Mizayu is on the Sea of Japan coastline in Kyoto Prefecture in the Kansai region, however it is quite some distance from Kyoto City. Mizayu attractions include the famous is Amanohashidate (...

Nagahama

Nagahama
Nagahama is a charming castle town, next to Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture and close to Kyoto. Shiga features many historical attractions including the reconstructed Nagahama Castle, the form...

Nose
Nose is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rice paddies, many native fauna and flora. You will be amazed to see the rural scenery for only one hour trip from the second busiest city i...

Sakai

Sakai
Sakai is a city in Osaka Prefecture. Sakai has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Japan since the Medieval era. Sakai is known for its keyhole-shaped burial mounds, or ko...

Sakurai
Sakurai is a city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Sakurai attractions include Omiwa Shrine, considered to be one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and dedicated to the god of sake, Tanzan Shr...

Sennan
Sennan is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Shima
Shima is a coastal city in the middle of Shima Peninsula and next to the Ise-Shima National Park in eastern Mie Prefecture. Historically and still today, Shima is famous for pearls that come...

Shirahama
Shirahama is a coastal resort town which has many natural hot springs that supply the local onsen. The beaches in Shirahama feature white sand, which is unusual for the area. The sand was im...

Tadaoka
Tadaoka is a town in Senboku District, Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Takaishi
Takaishi is a city in Osaka Prefecture....

Tenri
Tenri is a city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The name Tenri is derived from the religious movement; Tenrikyo, that has it headquarters in the city. In addition to the Tenri (religious) Headqua...

Toba
Toba is a coastal city famous for being the place where pearls were cultured for the first time in the world. This achievement by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893 lead to the development of a world ...

Tondabayashi
Tondabayashi is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Uji

Uji
Uji is a city on the southern outskirts of the city of Kyoto. Uji is famous for it tea making and for several World Heritage Site including Byodoin Temple. Uji is focused around the Uji Rive...

Yamatotakada
Yamatotakada is a city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The city of Yamatotakada includes some archaeologically significant sites which date back to the Paleolithic age and some burial mounds (kof...

Yao
Yao is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan....

Yoshino
Yoshino, in Nara Precture, is famous for the best cherry blossom in Japan. Mount Yoshino features around 30,000 cherry blossom trees. Yoshino is also the location of four World Heritage Site...

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