The Kansai Region

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  • 1. Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial

    Chuo-ku | 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 documentary...Read More

  • 2. Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

    Chuo-ku | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. Museum of Oriental Ceramics

    Kita-ku | 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 Japanese...Read More

  • 4. Osaka Museum of History


    Informative as it is enjoyable, the Osaka Museum of History immerses you in the city's history from pre-feudal times to the early 20th century...Read More

  • 5. Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

    Higashinada-ku | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Harborland and Meriken Park

    Chuo-ku | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. Japan Folk Crafts Museum


    The exhibits of "beauty from day-to-day life" at this museum in Senri Expo Park explore the diversity and intricacy of Japanese handicrafts...Read More

  • 8. Kobe City Museum

    Chuo-ku | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Kobe Maritime Museum

    Chuo-ku | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Koshi-no-ie

    Nara-machi | 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. ...Read More

  • 11. Nara National Museum

    Nara Koen | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Naramachi Museum

    Nara-machi | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. National Museum of Ethnology


    The National Museum of Ethnology has informative displays about the Ainu (the original inhabitants of Hokkaido) and other cultures from around...Read More

  • 14. Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

    Tenno-ji-ku | Museum/Gallery

    The building isn't too impressive, but the exceptional collection of 12th- to 14th-century classical Japanese art on the second floor is. Other...Read More

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  • 15. Osaka Human Rights Museum

    Naniwa-ku | Museum/Gallery

    In a country that often falls back on the myth of everyone living in egalitarian harmony, Liberty Osaka is one of the city's more unique sights...Read More

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