The Kansai region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō?) of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō?), lies in the Southern-Central region of Japan’s main island, Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Mie, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga.
I took a short trip to Kansai last month. Since Kansai is a very large region, I only had time to visit Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. These 3 cities are very different and each offers a lot of of interesting and contrasting attractions.
Osaka is a big city and the 2nd most important city in Japan after Tokyo. It has all the attractions of a big city and a paradise for shoppers.
Kyoto used to be the imperial capital of Japan and is full of traditional attractions such as temples and shrines. It is the cultural capital of Japan today.
Kobe is most famous for the wagyu beef it produces, but the city nowadays is also aossciated with cosmopolitan and fashion. It is not a big city, but a nice and pretty place to visit. Of course, don’t miss the chance to eat authentic kobe beef if you ever get a chance to visit this city.
You can see my complete collection of Kansai photos here.