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Kansai

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The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant. Customize your holiday with our Japan trip builder to create an adventure that suits you.
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Places to visit in Kansai

Kyoto Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Historic Site, Religious Site Osaka Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Theme Park, Park Nara Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Religious Site, Wildlife Area Himeji Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Landmark, Garden Kobe Trip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Religious Site, Park

Popular things to do in Kansai

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Historic Site
Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Historic Site
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine Kyoto
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Universal Studios Japan ©
Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan Osaka
4.1
Duration: 6 hours
Gion
Neighborhood
Gion Kyoto
4.1
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Kansai

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Religious Site
Kinkaku-ji Kyoto
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Historic Site
Sanjusangendo Temple Kyoto
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nijo Castle ©
World heritage site
Nijo Castle Kyoto
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle Chuo
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kansai

Byodoin ©
Historic Site
Byodoin Uji
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mt. Koya ©
Mountain
Mt. Koya Koya-cho
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine Nara
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Koko-en ©
Garden
Koko-en Himeji
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Kansai

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Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum Osaka
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Kyoto National Museum ©
Art Museum
Kyoto National Museum Kyoto
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Specialty Museum
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center Nara
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum Kobe
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Kansai

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Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Flea Market
Nishiki Market Shopping District Kyoto
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kyoto Station Building ©
Shopping Mall
Kyoto Station Building Kyoto
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura ©
Antique Store
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura Kyoto
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kannonyama Fruits Garden
Farmers Market
Kannonyama Fruits Garden Kinokawa
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Kansai

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Kawayu Onsen ©
Hot Spring
Kawayu Onsen Tanabe
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Mt. Takamikura
Mountain
Mt. Takamikura Kakogawa
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Engetsuto ©
Island
Engetsuto Shirahama-cho
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Mukogawa Valley
Valley
Mukogawa Valley Hyogo Prefecture
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Nara Wellness Tourism ©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Nara Wellness Tourism Nara
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Pinpoint Traveler ©
Nightlife
Pinpoint Traveler Osaka
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Haru Cooking Class ©
Cooking Class
Haru Cooking Class Kyoto
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei ©
Outdoor Activity
Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei Kyoto
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes