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Kinki also known as Kansai consists of six regions: Kyoto, Hyogo, Osaka, Wakayama, Nara and Shiga prefecture. It used to be the political and cultural centre of Japan for many centuries.

Kyoto

Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and was the Emperor's residence for over a thousand years. Kyoto is the home of Japan’s traditional culture and famous for its many temples, shrines and other ancient sites. You may even see the famous Geisha and Maiko that live and work in the Gion area.
Kyoto is located in the Kansai area of western Japan and is within easy reach of Osaka, Nara and Kobe. Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport are less than an hour away.

Osaka

Osaka prefecture is located in the centre of Kinki region and in the Midwest of Japan. Osaka prefecture has the third largest population after Tokyo and Kanagawa. Since it is close to the former capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara, it has prospered as a commercial city.

Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture is situated in the western part of Kinki Region (Midwest Japan), facing the Sea of Japan to the north and the Pacific Ocean via the Seto Inland Sea to the south. Hyogo is famous for Himeji Castle, a world heritage site and Arima and Kinosaki hot springs, not forgetting the delicious Kobe beef and fine local sake.

Nara

Nara is Japan's first permanent capital. Nara offers a full of historic treasures including the world largest bronze Buddha statue and the world oldest wooden structures.

Wakayama

Wakayama Prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula, the largest peninsula in Japan. Wakayama is famous for its sacred ground given over to mountain worship including Koyasan (Mt Koya), Kumano Sanzan (the three grand shrines of Kumano), and the Kumano Kodo (pilgrimage routes) that connect them.

Shiga

Shiga is located next to Kyoto and the home of Japan’s largest lake, Biwa-ko.

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