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DESTINATION Kansai

Kansai

Hyogo
Hyogo Ancient castles, a vibrant port city and renowned onsen beckon visitors to conveniently located Hyogo Prefecture Ancient castles, a vibrant port city and renowned onsen beckon visitors to conveniently located Hyogo Prefecture
Kyoto
Kyoto Kyoto is full of charm and beauty, famous for its refined culture and cuisine, ancient temples and elegant gardens. Kyoto is full of charm and beauty, famous for its refined culture and cuisine, ancient temples and elegant gardens.
Shiga
Shiga A stone's throw from Kyoto and surrounding Japan’s largest lake, Shiga is full of ancient festivals, outdoor fun and a stately castle A stone's throw from Kyoto and surrounding Japan’s largest lake, Shiga is full of ancient festivals, outdoor fun and a stately castle
Osaka
Osaka Osaka is a fun, friendly city, known for its food, shopping and nightlife—with abundant history, culture and retro charm Osaka is a fun, friendly city, known for its food, shopping and nightlife—with abundant history, culture and retro charm
Nara
Nara Nara is Japan's ancient capital, with World Heritage sites, sacred mountains and free-roaming deer Nara is Japan's ancient capital, with World Heritage sites, sacred mountains and free-roaming deer
Wakayama
Wakayama Wakayama offers the natural and spiritual sides of Japan with the ancient temple complex of Koyasan, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, and a picturesque coastline Wakayama offers the natural and spiritual sides of Japan with the ancient temple complex of Koyasan, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, and a picturesque coastline

There are many things to do in the Kansai region. Experience fantastic nightlife, peaceful temples and shrines, and soul-searching pilgrimages

Kansai is Japan's spiritual and cultural capital, shaped by towering Osaka and Himeji castles, Zen gardens and arduous journeys to enlightenment. The nation's ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are filled with cultural and historical sites, while Koyasan in Wakayama has been a religious destination for centuries. Just a short distance away, you can revel in the raucous nightlife of Osaka's entertainment districts and take in panoramic views of the Kobe cityscape.

Don’t Miss

  • The beauty and tranquility of Koyasan and the Kumano Kodo trails in Wakayama
  • Nara's UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Osaka's piping-hot takoyaki—fried balls of batter stuffed with octopus
  • The peaceful waters of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, in Shiga

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