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

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Kita 10

Minami 15

Nara 14

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Nara Koen 5

Nara-machi 5

Western Nara 4

Kobe 14

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Downtown Kobe 9

Himeji 1

Kitano-cho 2

North of Kobe 2

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Dotombori-dori

  • Neighborhood/Street

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...

Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Himeji Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Also known as Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle), Himeji Castle is visible as soon as you exit the train station. Universally beloved,...

Horyu-ji Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This temple is the jewel in the crown of classical Japanese architecture. In the morning, elderly locals on their way to work pray in...

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

  • Museum/Gallery

This striking concrete edifice was designed by acclaimed architect Tadao Ando. Working primarily with concrete, Ando is known for his...

Kasuga Taisha

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

Mt. Rokko

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Three cable cars scale Mt. Rokko, providing spectacular views of lush forests. If you think it's beautiful during the day, time you trip...

Museum of Oriental Ceramics

  • Museum/Gallery

Located in Naka-no-shima Koen, Osaka's oldest park, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics houses more than 900 pieces of Chinese, Korean, and...

Osaka Aquarium

  • Zoo/Aquarium

This eye-catching red, gray, and blue building is Japan's best aquarium outside of Okinawa and one of the world's largest. More than...

Osaka Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Osaka's most visible tourist attraction and symbol, Osaka Castle exemplifies the city's ability to change with the times. Originally...

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