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The Tokyo Metropolitan area is a mega-city, home to some 35 million people and the driving force of Japan's economy and rapidly shifting cultural trends. However, less than 90 minutes away you will find Mount Takao, a peaceful retreat for walking and quiet reflection with views of the distant urban landscapes.

To the southeast in Chiba Prefecture lie hidden beaches, whilst to the north in Nikko you will discover the spectacularly ornate temples and shrines of Toshogu, the resting place of the first Tokugawa shogun; the man who began the transformation of Tokyo into the city you will find today.

Kansai

Top Destinations in Kansai

Shiga Prefecture

Shiga Prefecture is home to the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, and Hikone Castle, one of the twelve original castles in Japan.

photo of Hikone

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture

Hikone

Hikone is known for the famous Hikone Castle, one of the twelve original castles in Japan.

photo of Omi Hachiman

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture

Omi Hachiman

Omi Hachiman, that sits at the foot of Mt. Hachiman-yama in the center of Shiga, is a castle town of Hachiman-yama-jo.

photo of Otsu

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture

Otsu

Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Biwa-ko, Otsu is the main city of Shiga.

photo of Koka

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture

Koka

Koka is located in the southern part of Shiga Prefecture and is the homeland of ninja.

photo of Shigaraki

Kansai | Shiga Prefecture

Shigaraki

Shigaraki is a ceramic town of Koga City situated in the southern part of Shiga, and known as the home of Shigaraki ware.

Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture is located in the center of Honshu and is home to the famous Ise Shrine, which is said to enshrine to the Sun Goddess.

photo of Nagashima Onsen

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Nagashima Onsen

The town of Nagashima is located in the northeastern part of Mie in a delta area created by the Kiso-gawa, Nagara-gawa, and Ibi-gawa rivers.

photo of Yunoyama Onsen

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Yunoyama Onsen

Yunoyama-onsen is a hot spring resort dotted with inns located at an altitude of 318 meters on the slope of a mountain along the Mitaki-gawa River in northern Mie.

photo of Iga Ueno

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Iga Ueno

Iga Ueno is famous for the Iga ninja and birthplace of Matsuo Basho, a renowned Japanese poet from the Edo Period.

photo of Ise

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Ise

Ise, located in the northwestern part of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, prospered as the shrine town of Ise-jingu.

photo of Toba

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Toba

Toba, located at the northeastern end of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, flourished as the castle town of the Kuki family who ruled this region from the 16th century.

photo of Kumano

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Kumano

Kumano is located in the Kii Peninsula and spans into the Wakayama and Mie Prefectures. The Hongu, Nachi and Hayatama Taisha are the three famed shrines of the area.

Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Prefecture is a cultural and traditional center in Japan and is home to many important sites.

photo of Amanohashidate

Kansai | Kyoto Prefecture

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is a sand bar on the Miyazu Bay and is one of the three scenic views of Japan.

photo of Mt Hiei

Kansai | Kyoto Prefecture

Mt Hiei

Mt. Hieizan is said to be home to the deities of Shinto lore, but it is better known for the Buddhist monks of Enryakuji.

photo of Kyoto City

Kansai | Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto City

Kyoto was the former capital of Japan and is an important cultural and traditional center in the nation.

photo of Uji

Kansai | Kyoto Prefecture

Uji

Uji is the birthplace of matcha (powdered green tea) and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Osaka

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region.

photo of Osaka City

Kansai | Osaka Prefecture

Osaka City

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region.

Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture is located in western part of the Kansai region and is famous for Himeji Castle, one of most beautiful castles in Japan.

photo of Kinosaki Onsen

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Kinosaki Onsen

One of the many famous hot springs in Japan, located in north Hyogo Prefecture.

photo of Asago

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Asago

Asago city is located near the center of the Hyogo Prefecture, an important center of traffic which links Tajima and San-In district.

photo of Takarazuka

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Takarazuka

Takarazuka is a city located in the southeastern part of Hyogo Prefecture and most famous for the Takarazuka Revue.

photo of Arima Onsen

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is located in Kobe and is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

photo of Kobe

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Kobe

Kobe is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture and was an important port city during the Edo Period.

photo of Himeji

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji

Himeji is located in the southwestern part of Hyogo Prefecture and is known for Himeji Castle.

photo of Awaji Island

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Awaji Island

Awaji-shima is an island largest in the Seto Inland Sea and the third largest in Japan.

Nara Prefecture

Nara Prefecture is considered the origin of Japan, from the year 710 to 784 it was also the capital of Japan Heijo-kyo.

photo of Nara City

Kansai | Nara Prefecture

Nara City

Nara is well known for all the wild deer roaming around the city, along with the deep cultural and religious background of Japan.

photo of Yoshino

Kansai | Nara Prefecture

Yoshino

Yoshino is a small town located in the center of Nara Prefecture, which is well known for its rich cultural history and scenic views.

photo of Hasedera Temple

Kansai | Nara Prefecture

Hasedera Temple

Hase-dera Temple lies along the Hatsuse-gawa River in the eastern part of Sakurai City in central Nara Prefecture.

photo of Asuka

Kansai | Nara Prefecture

Asuka

Asuka is located in present day Nara Prefecture, which was also the Imperial capital of Japan during 538-710 AD also known as the Asuka period.

photo of Tenkawa

Kansai | Nara Prefecture

Tenkawa

The village of Tenkawa is about a one-hour bus ride into the bosom of Mt. Yoshino-yama in the center of Nara.

Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula and is well known for its hot springs, temples, and scenic natural views.

photo of Wakayama City

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama City

Wakayama City is the prefectural center of politics, economy and culture, located on the Wakayama Plain at the mouth of Kino-kawa River.

photo of Mt Koya (Koyasan)

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Mt Koya (Koyasan)

Koyasan is the center for an important Buddhist sect known as Shingon Buddhism. It is located on the forest covered mountain top of Mount Koya.

photo of Dorokyo Valley

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Dorokyo Valley

The Doro-kyo Valley is situated in the eastern Wakayama at the border with Nara and Mie.

photo of Katsuura

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Katsuura

Nachi-Katsuura-machi Town located in the southeast of Wakayama faces the Katsuura Bay on the southern coast of the Kii-hanto Peninsula.

photo of Nanki Shirahama

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Nanki Shirahama

Shirahama is a place where flowers bloom earlier than anywhere, with sun shining brightly all year round.