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 25


Kita 10

Minami 15

Nara 14


Nara Koen 5

Nara-machi 5

Western Nara 4

Kobe 14


Downtown Kobe 9

Himeji 1

Kitano-cho 2

North of Kobe 2


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Though it takes its name from the original shops that sold cheap American fashions and accessories, Ame-mura ( ah -meh moo -ra), as...


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If you're heading to Meriken Park, consider a short stop in Kobe's Chinatown. The area was originally a center for Chinese immigrants,...

Chugu-ji Temple

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This temple was originally the home of Prince Shotoku's mother in the 6th century and is now a Buddhist nunnery. It houses an amazing...

Daisenryo Kofun

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The 4th-century mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku is in the city of Sakai, southeast of Osaka. The mausoleum was built on an even larger scale...


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If you only have one night in Osaka, Dotombori-dori is the place to go. Once Osaka's old theater district, Dotombori-dori is now a neon-lighted...

English House

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This typically old-fashioned Western house (pronounced "eh-ee-ko koo-kan") was constructed in 1907 by an Englishman named Baker and served...

Fujiidera Temple

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An 8th-century statue of the 1,000-handed Kannon, the goddess of mercy, is this temple's main object of worship. The seated figure is...

Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial

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In 1995, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake killed 6,433 people, leveled vast areas of the city, and destroyed much of the harbor. Using...

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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Nada, one of Kobe's westernmost neighborhoods, is home to a number of museums and breweries—many offering free sake tasting. The most...

Harborland and Meriken Park

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No trip to Kobe is complete without a waterside visit. Within Meriken Park broken slabs of thick concrete and crooked lightposts are...