The Kansai Region Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Kansai Region - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Osaka 26


Kita 10

Minami 16

Nara 15


Nara Koen 5

Nara-machi 6

Western Nara 4

Kobe 13


Downtown Kobe 8

Himeji 1

Kitano-cho 2

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Sumiyoshi Taisha

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In a city of mariners it's no surprise that locals revere Sumiyoshi Taisha, dedicated to the guardian deity of sailors. According to...


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This 10th-century shrine is the main site of the annual Tenjin Matsuri, held July 24 and 25, one of the largest and most enthusiastically...

Tenno-ji Koen

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The best place to get away from the noise and concrete of the city, this park contains not only the Municipal Museum of Fine Art and...


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This temple complex was conceived by Emperor Shomu in the 8th century as the seat of authority for Buddhist Japan. Construction was completed...


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The main entrance to Toshodai Temple, which was built in 751, is called the Path of History, since in Nara's imperial days dignitaries...


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Koreans are the largest ethnic minority in Japan, and more of them live in Osaka than anywhere else. Known as zainichi, they have only...


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Nearly every major city in Japan has its tower, and while they all offer lovely views, most are not much to look at themselves. Shin...

Universal Studios Japan

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The 140-acre Universal Studios Japan combines the most popular rides and shows from Universal's Hollywood and Florida movie-studio theme...


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The two pagodas that tower over Yakushi Temple are an analogy of past and present Japan. Yakushi-ji's East Pagoda dates from 1285,...

Yu Nakagawa

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This shop specializes in handwoven, sun-bleached linens, a local specialty known as Nara sarashi. This shop sells noren (two-panel...