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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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...

Horyu-ji Temple

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

Kai

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Rooted in tradition, Kai houses a collection of shops with new takes on traditional Japanese arts and crafts. In addition to a café...

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...

Kobaien

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Nara accounts for about 90% of Japan's sumi ink production, and for 400 years Kobaien has made fine ink sticks for calligraphy and ink...

Kofuku-ji Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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...

Koshi-no-ie

  • Museum/Gallery

This well-to-do merchant's house has been thoroughly restored, making it a quick trip through the Edo period. English pamphlets are available.

Nara National Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Naramachi Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

So just what are those red cloth animals on pieces of rope outside houses in Nara? Called migawarizaru (substitute monkeys), they are...

Shin-Yakushi-ji Temple

  • 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...

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