The next most popular place to travel in Japan would be the Kansai region. Many travelers will use Osaka as the springboard to various locations around here. This region has a very deep history, dating back to the earliest civilization. Therefore, exploring here would bring you the rich culture and history of Japan. Kansai is the home of the two ancient capital of Japan – Kyoto and Nara. Now it also houses the second largest city, Osaka, having its own international airport.
Popular main destinations here in Kansai are located in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and Ise. This region has also the most UNESCO World Heritage sites of Japan than the others. There are numerous famed tourist attractions to be found in this region, such as Himeji castle, Osaka castle, Kyoto Gion district, Nara Todaiji Temple and Lake Biwa, just to name a few.
Kansai Travel Map
Short: Kyoto -> Nara -> Osaka -> Himeji
Long: Kyoto -> Otsu (Lake Biwa) -> Nara -> Ise -> Mount Koya -> Wakayama -> Osaka -> Kobe -> Himeji
Places to Visit