Kansai Region, also commonly known as Kinki encompasses the Osaka Plain and consists of seven prefectures. (Shiga, Mie, Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo) It used to be the political and cultural center of Japan for many centuries and includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. In the area where the capital existed for about 1,500 years, you can experience the history and culture of Japan, including historic buildings such as shrines and temples, Maiko (an apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan) and traditional Japanese cuisine.
There are many things to do in the Kansai region. Experience fantastic nightlife, peaceful temples and shrines, and soul-searching pilgrimages. Kansai is Japan's spiritual and cultural capital, shaped by towering Osaka and Himeji castles, Zen gardens and arduous journeys to enlightenment. The nation's ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are filled with cultural and historical sites, while Koyasan in Wakayama has been a religious destination for centuries. Just a short distance away, you can revel in the raucous nightlife of Osaka's entertainment districts and take in panoramic views of the Kobe cityscape.