The Kansai Region Travel Guide
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Stretching from Mie Prefecture in the east to Hyogo Prefecture in the west, the Kansai region is both a snapshot of archetypal Japan and a showcase for the country’s diversity. As home to Japan’s capitals for nearly a millennium, Kansai is the undisputed seat of Japanese culture and tradition. It is the birthplace of Japan’s traditional theater styles—Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku—as well as the tea ceremony, Japanese Buddhism, and ikebana (flower arrangement). Thanks to Kobe and Osaka, it was also the heart of Japanese trade and industry until Tokyo surpassed it in the 1970s.
Hotels in Kansai are slightly cheaper than those in Tokyo. Business hotels and international hotels comprise most of the... read more
Thanks to its history and unique culture, the Kansai region offers an unparalleled variety of Japanese cuisine. In... read more
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Architecture: Skyscrapers share Osaka's 1,500-year-old skyline with 4th-century burial mounds, while Nara's wealth of classical... Read more
Of all the attractions in Nara, there is one that no visitor can miss. At some point, as you wander between temples, the city’s sacred... Read more
Sake, or nihonshu, is the essential Japanese drink. Ranging in taste from fruity and bright to rich and mellow, there is a nihonshu... Read more
When Tokyo was but a fishing village and Kyoto a mountain hamlet, big things were happening in Osaka. The Osaka-Nara region was the... Read more
Osakans are passionate about food. In fact, they coined the word kuidaore—to eat until you drop. They expect restaurants to use... Read more
Toshodai-ji Temple was built in 751 for Ganjin, a Chinese priest who traveled to Japan at the invitation of Emperor Shomu. At that time,... Read more
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