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

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Kita 10

Minami 16

Nara 15

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Nara Koen 5

Nara-machi 6

Western Nara 4

Kobe 13

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Downtown Kobe 8

Himeji 1

Kitano-cho 2

North of Kobe 2

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 12

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Kasuga Taisha

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Famous for the more than 2,000 stone mantoro (lanterns) that line its pathways, Kasuga Taisha is a monument to the Shinto tradition...

Kofuku-ji

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The Kofuku-ji Temple's Five-Story Pagoda dominates the skyline. Built in 1426, it's an exact replica of the original pagoda that Empress...

Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan

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One of the earliest examples of Western-style Meiji architecture, the Nara National Museum was completed in 1889 to much controversy...

Shin-Yakushi-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This temple was founded in 747 by Empress Komyo (701–760) in gratitude for the recovery of her sick husband, Emperor Shomu. Only the...

Todai-ji

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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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