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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Chinatown

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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,...

English House

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This typically old-fashioned Western house was constructed in 1907 by an Englishman named Baker and served as a makeshift hospital during...

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...

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...

Himeji Castle

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

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

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

Ikuta Shrine

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Legend has it that this shrine was founded by Empress Jingu in the 3rd century, making it one of Japan's oldest. An impressive orange...

Kobe City Museum

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This museum specializes in work from the 16th and 17th centuries, focusing on reciprocal cultural influences between East and West. The...

Kobe Maritime Museum

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The Kobe Maritime Museum is the stunning building with a billowing roofline of metal sails. It showcases detailed ship models, opening...

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