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Kinki (Kansai)

Kinki (Kansai)

Kinki is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu. The region is also called Kansai. While the use of the terms “Kinki” and “Kansai” have changed over history, in most modern contexts the two can be considered the same. The urban region of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (Keihanshin region) is the second most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area. The people in this region speak a distinctive dialect of Japanese and are renowned for humor and their love of food.

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Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture is situated in the western part of Kinki Region (Midwest Japan) facing Seto Inland Sea to the south and the Sea of Japan to the north. There are scenic places like Seto Inland Sea National Park, San-in Kaigan Coast National Park, Rokko Mountains and Awaji-shima Island. It also has numerous cultural heritage represented by Himeji Castle which is a World Cultural Heritage.

Akashi-Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge (Maiko Marine Promenade)Akashi-Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge (Maiko Marine Promenade)
The Akashi-Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge is the world’s longest (3911.1 meters) suspension bridge co …  more »
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Atelier NUUAtelier NUU
Toyooka City is known as the biggest producer of bags in Japan, and you can find a huge var …  more »
Food / Shopping
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation InstitutionDisaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
On January 17, 1995, a huge M7.3 earthquake occurred in Hyogo prefecture. The Great Hanshin …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Himeji CastleHimeji Castle
Himeji Castle is the most magnificent of Japanese castles which survive in their original f …  more »
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Kinosaki Onsen Hot SpringKinosaki Onsen Hot Spring
Kinosaki is a small, elegant hot spring town located in the northern part of Hyogo prefectu …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Kobe City MuseumKobe City Museum
The exhibits of Kobe City Museum feature the archaeology and history of Kobe city. The muse …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Kobe Harbor LandKobe Harbor Land
Kobe Harbor Land is a coastal commercial facilities complex near Kobe Port. There are a var …  more »
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Mount Rokko-sanMount Rokko-san
Mt. Rokko-san, spreading behind Kobe city, is one of the most popular mountains in the Kink …  more »
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Suma Aqualife ParkSuma Aqualife Park
Suma Aqualife Park, located in Suma Seaside Park, is one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. …  more »
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Suma Seaside Park / Suma BeachSuma Seaside Park / Suma Beach
As well as an aquarium, a ball game ground and tennis courts, Suma Seaside Park has a two k …  more »
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Tajima Ankoku-ji TempleTajima Ankoku-ji Temple
Tajima Ankoku-ji Temple, which belongs to the Daitoku-ji branch of the Rinzai School, was e …  more »
History

Kyoto

Kyoto Travel Guide

Mie

Mie is situated in the center of Honshu, in the eastern part of the Kii-hanto Peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It is narrow, and spreads down from north to south. Its complex geographical features create a variety of climates.
The southern coastline is an irregular and rugged saw-toothed coast. The eastern coastline is designated as Ise-Shima National Park, and is famous for cultured pearls, oysters and Ise lobsters, all made possible by the complex geographical features. The area designated as a natural park is more than one-third of the area of the entire prefecture, and is the second largest park area in Japan. There are many other scenic spots, including the Uga Valley in Suzuka Quasi-National Park, Doro Valley, and Akame Shiju-hattaki (forty-eight) Falls.

Akame 48 Waterfalls (Akame Shijuhachi-taki)Akame 48 Waterfalls (Akame Shijuhachi-taki)
Akame Shijuhachi-taki is a series of waterfalls, both graceful and spectacular, cascade thr …  more »
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Aoyama-kogen PlateauAoyama-kogen Plateau
Aoyama-kogen Plateau spreads on the south side of Mt. Kasatori-yama. This gently sloping hi …  more »
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Gojoban YashikiGojoban Yashiki
Matsusaka Castle, constructed in 1588, is now a park in which the stone walls remain. Ajace …  more »
History
Kameyama Castle RuinsKameyama Castle Ruins
Kameyama Castle was built in 1590 by Okamoto Yoshikatsu, a Daimyo who was given Kameyama by …  more »
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Kaochi-dani ValleyKaochi-dani Valley
Kaochi-dani Valley, located in the upstream of the Shorenji-gawa River, was created by the  …  more »
Nature
Kiho Town Sea Turtle ParkKiho Town Sea Turtle Park
Kiho Town has been a hub of sea turtle protection activities since the town enact a low in  …  more »
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Kitabatake-jinja Shrine (Kitabatake House Garden)Kitabatake-jinja Shrine (Kitabatake House Garden)
Kitabatake-jinja Shrine was established in the early Edo Period (1603 – 1868). The place wa …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Lake Shorenji-koLake Shorenji-ko
Lake Shorenji-ko is an artificial lake created in 1970 for a dum. The lake is surrounded by …  more »
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Memorial Museum of Matsusaka MerchantMemorial Museum of Matsusaka Merchant
After Matsusaka Castle was constructed by Gamo Ujisato in 1588, Matsusaka town prospered as …  more »
History
Mikimoto Pearl IslandMikimoto Pearl Island
The small island is the home of the world-famous Mikimoto Pearls and is where Kokichi Mikim …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Mount Gozaisho-yamaMount Gozaisho-yama
Mount Gozaisho-yama is 1,212 meters high and is the highest peak in the Suzuka Range. An ae …  more »
Nature
Nagashima Spa Land / Yuami-no-Shima SpaNagashima Spa Land / Yuami-no-Shima Spa
Nagashima Spa Land is an amusement park with full of thrill rides including the popular sup …  more »
EntertainmentSpa / Hot spring
Nemu-no-sato ResortNemu-no-sato Resort
Nemu-no-sato Resort is located on the Osaki Peninsula jutting out into Ago Bay. This area  …  more »
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Okukahada-kyo GorgeOkukahada-kyo Gorge
Okukahada-kyo Gorge stretches along the Hachisu-gawa River, a tributary of the Kushida-gawa …  more »
Nature
Old Nabari Town / Nabari Todo ResidenceOld Nabari Town / Nabari Todo Residence
Nabari town is located on the other side of the mountains from Yamato (today’s Nara), the f …  more »
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Rokka-enRokka-en
Rokka-en was built in 1913 as a new residence of a successful business person in Kuwana, Se …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Saiku Historical MuseumSaiku Historical Museum
This museum is located in a part of Saiku that was the former location of the palace of the …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Sakakibara Onsen Hot SpringSakakibara Onsen Hot Spring
As one of the three most famous hot springs in Japan, Sakakibara Onsen has been popular sin …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
SekijukuSekijuku
During the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), this district of inns on the historical Tokaido Road w …  more »
History
Shima MarinelandShima Marineland
Shima Marineland located on Ago Bay offers close-up views of many interesting fish species, …  more »
Entertainment
Shima Spain Village “Parque Espana”Shima Spain Village 'Parque Espana'
Capturing the color and charm of Spain, a unique Spanish-themed amusement park “Parque Espa …  more »
Entertainment
Shinshu Takada Honzan Senju-ji TempleShinshu Takada Honzan Senju-ji Temple
Senju-ji Temple is the largest temple in Mie Prefecture and this is the head temple of the  …  more »
History
Suzuka CircuitSuzuka Circuit
Suzuka Circuit is a 205,000 square meters of comprehensive leisure complex with an internat …  more »
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Tado-Taisha ShrineTado-Taisha Shrine
This shrine was written about in an ancient poem, “If you travel to Ise (Ise Jingu), you mu …  more »
History
Tanemaki Gonbei-no-SatoTanemaki Gonbei-no-Sato
The facility features Gonbei-san, an ex-Samurai farmer who actually lived here in the Edo P …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Toba AquariumToba Aquarium
Toba Aquarium is one of the world’s top aquariums, containing approximately 1,200 varieties …  more »
Entertainment
Toba Sea-Folk MuseumToba Sea-Folk Museum
Toba Sea-Folk Museum has exhibits organized around seven themes on the relation of the Japa …  more »
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Toda Bay Cruise / Toda Bay Dolphin IslandToda Bay Cruise / Toda Bay Dolphin Island
Toda Bay Cruise is a one-hour cruise which starts from Toba Marine Terminal near Toba Stati …  more »
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Yuki-jinja ShrineYuki-jinja Shrine
Yuki-jinja Shrine honors Yuki Munehiro, a commander who destroyed the Kamakura Shogunate wi …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden

Iga, Mie

Haiseiden (Haiku Sanctuary)Haiseiden (Haiku Sanctuary)
Iga-Ueno is the birthplace of Japan’s most famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694). H …  more »
History
Iga-no-Sato Moku-Moku Tezukuri FarmIga-no-Sato Moku-Moku Tezukuri Farm
Moku-Moku Farm is a group of private farms open to the public. The produce, beer, and hams  …  more »
EntertainmentSpa / Hot spring
Iga-ryu Ninja MuseumIga-ryu Ninja Museum
The Ninja were spies who worked their trade 400 years ago during Japan’s many years of civi …  more »
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Iga-Ueno CastleIga-Ueno Castle
Iga-Ueno Castle is a landmark of Ueno City, the central city of the Iga area. The castle wa …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Kan-Bodaiji Temple (Shogatsu-do)Kan-Bodaiji Temple (Shogatsu-do)
Kan-Bodaiji Temple was established in 751 as a branch of Nigatsu-do Hall in Todai-ji Temple …  more »
History
Menard Aoyama ResortMenard Aoyama Resort
Located in the beautiful Aoyama-kogen Plateau, Menard Aoyama Resort offers lodging and spor …  more »
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Ise, Mie

Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine / Meoto-iwa (Wedded-Rocks)Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine / Meoto-iwa (Wedded-Rocks)
The pair of rocks fastened together by ropes works as Torii gate to adore Futami Okitama-ji …  more »
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Hinjitsu-kanHinjitsu-kan
Hinjitsu-kan was constructed in 1887 as a rest stop and lodging facility for distinguished  …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Ise Azuchi Momoyama Jokamachi (Samurai Kingdom Ninja-Ise)Ise Azuchi Momoyama Jokamachi (Samurai Kingdom Ninja-Ise)
Ise Azuchi Momoyama Jokamachi (also called Samurai Kingdom Ninja-Ise) is a theme park which …  more »
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Ise Sea ParadiseIse Sea Paradise
Ise Sea Paradise is an aquarium located close to the famous Meoto-iwa (Wedded-rocks). There …  more »
Entertainment
Ise-jingu Shrine (Naiku / Geku)Ise-jingu Shrine (Naiku / Geku)
Ise-jingu Shrine dates back to approximately 2,000 years, and is a pillar among the most im …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Okage-yokochoOkage-yokocho
Okage-yokocho is a traditional Japanese street in front of the Naiku Gate of Ise-jingu Shri …  more »
Food / ShoppingHistory

Kumano, Mie

Maruyama Senmaida Paddy FieldsMaruyama Senmaida Paddy Fields
The historical Maruyama Senmaida Paddy Fields are preserved in fine condition. Here, Japan’ …  more »
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Onigajo / Shishi-iwa (Lion Rock)Onigajo / Shishi-iwa (Lion Rock)
The rugged one-kilometer coastline facing Kumano Sea was created by earthquakes and powerfu …  more »
Nature
Shichiri Mihama BeachShichiri Mihama Beach
The Shichiri Mihama Beach’s gorgeous stretch of curving coastline extends 25 kilometers fro …  more »
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TategasakiTategasaki
Tategasaki is a cape composed of a huge wall of rock, 70 meters in height and 600 meters in …  more »
Nature

Nara

Nara Prefecture is situated in the west central section of Honshu. The formation of an ancient nation started around mid-3rd century, with the Yamato district as its center, and was completed by the late 6th century. The capital was placed in Asuka, in the southern part of the Nara Basin, located in the northwestern part of present-day Nara Prefecture, and it prospered as the political and economic center of Japan until the early 8th century. After the capital was relocated to Heijo-kyo (now Nara City) in 710, many temples and shrines were built there under the direction of the imperial family and aristocrats, and temple towns soon developed. Such temples and shrines include Todai-ji Temple, which has the Daibutsu, the world’s largest Buddha statue, made of copper and gold, it is enshrined in the world’s largest wooden structure, Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall). Other famous temples include Yakushi-ji Temple, which has wonderful old wooden architecture and a statue of Buddha, and Toshodai-ji Temple which was founded by the Chinese priest Ganjin, who came to Japan after difficult journeys and spread the principles of Buddhism.

Chugu-ji TempleChugu-ji Temple
It is said that Chugu-ji Temple once used to be an imperial palace where Prince Shotoku Tai …  more »
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Goro-goro WaterGoro-goro Water
Goro-goro Water is fresh water flowing from Goyomatsu Limestone Cave. The name “Goro-goro”  …  more »
Nature
Hoki-ji TempleHoki-ji Temple
Hoki-ji Temple was founded in 638. It is said the temple once used to be a palace of Prince …  more »
History
Horin-ji TempleHorin-ji Temple
Horin-ji Temple is an ancient temple founded in 622 by Prince Yamashiro, a Shotoku Taishi’s …  more »
History
Horyu-ji TempleHoryu-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple was founded by the Emperor Suiko and Prince Shotoku Taishi in 607, taking o …  more »
History
Kashihara-jingu ShrineKashihara-jingu Shrine
Kashihara-jingu Shrine was established in 1890 to enshrine the Japan’s first Emperor Jinmu  …  more »
History
Kinpusen-ji TempleKinpusen-ji Temple
Kinpusen-ji Temple is said to have been established in the Nara Period (710 – 794). It is t …  more »
History
Menfudo-Shonyudo Limestone CaveMenfudo-Shonyudo Limestone Cave
There are many limestone caves in the karst topography area in Dorogawa, and Menfudo-Shonyu …  more »
Nature
Murou-ji TempleMurou-ji Temple
Murou-ji Temple is a temple of Shingon Buddhism established in the late Nara Period (710 –  …  more »
History
Tanise Suspension BridgeTanise Suspension Bridge
The suspension bridge that crosses the Totsu-kawa River was built in 1954. It is one of the …  more »
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Yada-dera TempleYada-dera Temple
Yada-dera is said to have been founded by the Emperor Tenmu. The major renovation of the Ho …  more »
History

Nara-shi, Nara

Hase-dera Temple (Nara)Hase-dera Temple (Nara)
Hase-dera Temple in Nara is the main temple of the Buzan school of Shingon Buddhism establi …  more »
History
Isagawa-jinja ShrineIsagawa-jinja Shrine
Isagawa-jinja enshrines three gods, the altar at the center is for the empress of the Emper …  more »
History
Kasuga-Taisha ShrineKasuga-Taisha Shrine
Kasuga-Taisha was founded in 768 to protect Heijo-kyo Capital in Nara, and is one of the mo …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Kofuku-ji TempleKofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple was originally founded in Kyoto in 669 and transferred here in 710. The te …  more »
History
Mount Wakakusa-yama (Mikasa-yama)Mount Wakakusa-yama (Mikasa-yama)
Mount Wakakusa-yama is also called “Mikasa-yama” (Three-shade mountain) since the mountain  …  more »
Nature
Na-Ra-RaNa-Ra-Ra
Na-Ra-Ra is a place where unique restaurants are gathered. It is conveniently located just  …  more »
Food / Shopping
Nara National MuseumNara National Museum
Nara National Museum exhibits a valuable collection of ancient works of art, particularly t …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Nara ParkNara Park
Nara Park was created in 1880 and covers a large area in the city center of Nara. The park  …  more »
Park / Garden
Old Nara Station (Nara City Tourist Information Center)Old Nara Station (Nara City Tourist Information Center)
The building which contains both Japanese and Western styles used to be the station buildin …  more »
History
Sarusawa-ike PondSarusawa-ike Pond
Sarusawa-ike Pond is a small artificial pond with 360 meters in circumference. It was creat …  more »
Nature
Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha of Nara)Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha of Nara)
Todai-ji Temple was built in the 8th century by the Emperor Shomu, who tried to establish a …  more »
History
Toshodai-ji TempleToshodai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple is one of the great surviving structures of the 8th century. It was buil …  more »
History
Tsukigase-Baikei (Tsukigase Plum Valley)Tsukigase-Baikei (Tsukigase Plum Valley)
It is said that Tsukigase-Baikei (Tsukigase Plum Valley) is one of the best spot to see plu …  more »
Nature
Yakushi-ji TempleYakushi-ji Temple
Yakushi-ji Temple was founded by the Emperor Tenmu in 680 to pray for healing of the Empres …  more »
History

Osaka

Osaka Travel Guide

Shiga

Shiga Prefecture is in the middle of Japan; Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, lies at its center. It is surrounded by Mt. Ibuki to the northeast, the Suzuka Mountain Range to the east, Mt. Hira-san and Mt. Hiei-zan to the west, and the Shigaraki Mountains lie to the south.

Biwako Hana-Funsui FountainBiwako Hana-Funsui Fountain
The 440 meters long fountain on Lake Biwa, 180 meters off the coast of Otsu Port, is one of …  more »
Entertainment
Enryaku-ji TempleEnryaku-ji Temple
Enryaku-ji Temple was founded in 788 by Saicho (Dengyo Daishi), the priest who established  …  more »
History
Gichu-ji TempleGichu-ji Temple
Gichu-ji Temple is said to have been founded in the 12th century to mourn for Kiso Yoshinak …  more »
History
Hikone CastleHikone Castle
Hikone Castle was built in 1622 by Ii Naokatsu (Naotsugu) as the main castle for the Ii fam …  more »
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Hiyoshi-Taisha ShrineHiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, also known as Hie-Taisha Shrine, is the main shrine of 3,800 Hiyoshi …  more »
History
Ishiyama-dera TempleIshiyama-dera Temple
Ishiyama-dera Temple, which belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, was founded in 747 by  …  more »
History
Miho MuseumMiho Museum
This museum is built so as to melt into the mountains of Shigaraki. To preserve its environ …  more »
Omi-jingu ShrineOmi-jingu Shrine
Omi-jingu Shrine was established in 1940 to enshrine the Emperor Tenji who moved the capita …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Onjo-ji Temple (Mii-dera Temple)Onjo-ji Temple (Mii-dera Temple)
Onjo-ji Temple, generally known as Mii-dera Temple, was founded in 686 in memory of Emperor …  more »
History

Wakayama

Wakayama expands from the center to the southernmost part of the Honshu Island (the mainland of Japan). The mysterious mountains on Wakayama have attracted many people as a sacred ground since ancient times.

Doro-kyo GorgeDoro-kyo Gorge
Doro-kyo Gorge expands along the Kitayama-gawa River, a stream tributary to the Kumano-gawa …  more »
Nature
Kawayu Onsen Hot SpringKawayu Onsen Hot Spring
Hot waters from deep below the Kii mountain range bubble to the surface on the river bank o …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Kumano Hongu-Taisha ShrineKumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine
Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine is located deep in the rugged Kii Mountains. It is one of the th …  more »
History
Kumano Nachi-Taisha ShrineKumano Nachi-Taisha Shrine
Kumano Nachi-Taisha Shrine is one of the three sacred sites of Kumano Sanzan, along with Ku …  more »
History
Kumano-Kodo (Kumano Old Road)Kumano-Kodo (Kumano Old Road)
Kumano-Kodo is a pilgrimage route with over 1,000 years of history. People from all levels  …  more »
HistoryNature
Nachi-no-Taki WaterfallNachi-no-Taki Waterfall
Nachi-no-Taki Waterfall is 133 meters tall, 13 meters wide, and has a water flow of one ton …  more »
Nature
Nachi-san Seiganto-ji TempleNachi-san Seiganto-ji Temple
Nachi-san Seiganto-ji Temple is the first major stop of the Saigoku Thirty-Three Goddess of …  more »
History
Nanki-Katsuura Onsen Hot SpringNanki-Katsuura Onsen Hot Spring
Of the many famous hot springs found in Wakayama prefecture, Nanki-Katsuura Onsen Hot Sprin …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Nanki-Yukawa Onsen Hot SpringNanki-Yukawa Onsen Hot Spring
Nanki-Yukawa Onsen Hot Spring was found near Lake Yukashi-Gata, between Nanki-Katsuura Onse …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Sandanbeki Cliff / Sandanbeki CaveSandanbeki Cliff / Sandanbeki Cave
Rising to a height of 50 meters along a 2-kilometer stretch of the Pacific Ocean, Sandanbek …  more »
Nature
Senjojiki RockSenjojiki Rock
Facing the Pacific Ocean, Senjojiki is a plateau of huge rocks created by the erosion of th …  more »
Nature
Yunomine Onsen Hot SpringYunomine Onsen Hot Spring
Yunomine Onsen Hot Spring is said to be the oldest hot spring in Japan. The piping hot mine …  more »
Spa / Hot spring

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