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  • Osaka from the top of the Osaka castle, Kansai, Japan
Osaka from the top of the Osaka castle
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Location Type: Region
Western region of Honshu, ancient capital of culture and commerce, including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.
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Wikipedia - Kansai region

Akashi Bridge, Kobe
The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge in Kobe, the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a centre span of 1,991 m

The Kansai region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō) or the Kinki region (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō) lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. Depending on who makes the distinction, Mie, Fukui, Tokushima and even Tottori Prefecture are also included. While the use of the terms "Kansai" and "Kinki" 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. ... read more

Wikitravel - Kansai

Kansai Region map

Kansai (関西) is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu, second only to Kanto region of Eastern Japan in population. The area is also known as Kinki (近畿) District, literally "near the capital" (referring to ancient capital Kyoto), and its three big cities — Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe — as Keihanshin (京阪神). Differences between Kansai and Kanto (the eastern region dominated by Tokyo) are slight but numerous. Kansai people speak a distinctive dialect of Japanese, use lighter-colored soy in the ... read more

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