The Kansai region is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Seto Inland Sea, and the Sea of Japan. It is located in the center of Japanese islands.
It has a large low field comprising the Kyoto/Nara basin and Osaka plain that is surrounded by the smooth highland in the north and by the steep mountains in the south. In the center, is there the Lake Biwa that is the largest fresh water lake in Japan. The mountainous areas are generally of about 1,000 m height and most of the rivers run through the plain to the seas.
The climate also varies from the warm weather along the seas to the cold in the inland area where temperature differences are significant with much snow in the winter, especially along the Japan Sea. There exist many beautiful spots that represent the natural beauty in Japan against background of the seasonal changes.
As the heartland of Japan for over a millennium, the Kansai region has been a historical and cultural treasure, priceless to the whole world. In addition, it virtually overflows with diverse attractions ranging from traditional craft-making techniques to cutting-edge technology and pop culture.
Kansai is home to over 20 million people and plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, as well as a convenient transportation network to support it all.
Sports, tourism, and more – there’s plenty to enjoy in Kansai.
Lake Biwa（Shiga prefecture）
Makino（Row of Metasequoia Trees）（Shiga prefecture）
Byodo-in Temple（Kyoto Prefecture）
Miyama Kayabuki no Sato（Village with thatched roofs）（Kyoto Prefecture）
Tower of the Sun（Osaka Prefecture）
Osaka Kappou（Osaka Prefecture）
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge（Hyogo Prefecture）
Himeji Castle（Hyogo Prefecture）
Nara Park（Nara Prefecture）
Nara Palace Site Former Imperial Audience Hall（Nara Prefecture）
Koyasan Konpon Daito Great Pagoda（Wakayama Prefecture）
Shirarahama Beach（Wakayama Prefecture）
Tottori Sand Dunes “The Sand Museum”（Tottori Prefecture）
Nageiredo Hall（Tottori Prefecture）
The Whirlpools of Naruto（Tokushima Prefecture）
The Awa Dance（Awa Odori）（Tokushima Prefecture）
Sagano（Path of Bamboo）（Kyoto City, Kyoto）
Nijo Castle（Kyoto City, Kyoto）
Osaka Castle（Osaka City, Osaka）
Tsutenkaku Tower（Osaka City, Osaka）
Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun（Sakai City, Osaka）
Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko（Sakai City, Osaka）
Kobe Port Tower（Kobe City, Hyogo）
Kobe Beef（Kobe City, Hyogo）
Union of Kansai Governments
http://www.kouiki-kansai.jp/tourist_info/en/ New Discoveries KANSAI Hundred Views
http://kansai.gr.jp/en/ 100 Selection of tourist facilities in Kansai
http://www.kansaimatsuri.com/en/ Traditional Festivals in Kansai
Japan National Tourism Organization
http://www.jnto.go.jp/ JAPAN: the Official Guide
- Shiga Prefecture https://en.biwako-visitors.jp/
- Kyoto Prefecture http://www.kyototourism.org/en/
- Kyoto City https://kyoto.travel/en
- Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City https://osaka-info.jp/en/
- Sakai City http://www.sakai-tcb.or.jp/english/
- Hyogo Prefecture http://www.travelhyogo.org.e.aas.hp.transer.com/
- Kobe City http://plus.feel-kobe.jp/facilities/?large_gen=03&area=
- Nara Prefecture https://www.visitnara.jp/
- Wakayama Prefecture https://en.visitwakayama.jp/
- Tottori Prefecture http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/
- Tokushima Prefecture https://discovertokushima.net/en/