The Highlights of Kansai region
The origin and the future of Japan can be found in the Kansai region. Having been the center of Japan’s history and culture for more than a thousand years, the Kansai region preserves many of the traditional cultures developed within the rich nature and the activities in our daily life. A wide range of sites in the Kansai region has been listed as World Heritage Sites.
Kansai region has drawn the most attention nationwide to its shrines, temples, historic sites, traditional crafts, food culture, hot springs and so on. Even today, the integration of tradition and modernity continues to produce leading-edge technology and culture. Advanced technology in the Japanese household electrical appliances industry, which produced companies such as Panasonic, Sharp and Sanyo, is the pride of people who live in the Kansai region. There are various ways to enjoy the Kansai region; for example, Osaka city is famous for streets lined with many kinds of cheap and good restaurants, So, people who visit there are extravagant in food. Kyoto city is the ancient capital where traditional culture is still alive, Nara City is the city wrapped in the mystery, In addition, there are Wakayama prefecture, Mie prefecture and exotic port city- Kobe in Hyogo prefecture.

  

 


The World Heritage Sites: The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities), Historic Monuments of Ancientand Nara, Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area and the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion, officially named“Rokuon-ji”)


Great Buddha (Dai butsu) /Todai-ji


The pagoda of Seiganto-ji Nachi no Taki Waterfall

Himeji Castle
The Kansai region, has long been the center of Japanese history and culture, has a treasure trove of excellent historic and cultural monuments. The following three areas, the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, are as a listed as World Heritage Sites.
Many people from home and abroad visit Kyoto, the ancient city in which many cultural monuments stand still in serenity. In addition, 48 structures in Horyu-ji areas in Nara (47 structures and the three-storied pagoda of Hokki-ji) are listed as World Heritage Sites. Among them, the Saiin Garan (Western Precinct) of Horyu-ji is widely known as the oldest wooden building in the world.
The Himeji Castle represents the beautiful castle architecture unique to Japan, which is a combination of wooden frames, stone foundations and earthen walls. It was designated as Cultural Heritage Site in 1993.
World Heritage in Kyoto
Nara World Heritage Site/Nara City Tourism Association website
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Sightseeing spots in Kansai region

The journey through history goes on from Kyoto to Nara, Wakayama and Mie. The Nara Park next to Todai-ji is famous for its deer. Be careful when you have some rice crackers that called Shika-Senbei for feeding the deer, sold in Nara Park, in your hand because they will rush to you.
Kumano Kodo is an old pilgrimage route and we recommend that you actually walk the route to enjoy the charm of Kumano. In addition, Koyasan (Mt. Koya) centered upon the Kongobu-ji is a sacred place of Shingon Buddhism. You can also stay at a temple lodging called “Shuku-bo” in Japanese. Shuku-bo often provide simple and delicious vegetable dishes called “Shojin-ryori” and a part of the ascetic practice of Shingon sect such as a morning prayer with monks and guidance of “Ajikan” meditation. Please take your time to walk through the path of history
After visiting Himeji Castle, we recommend that you go to Kokoen nearby. Kokoen is a Japanese garden and sometimes Samurai dramas (historical play) are shot there. You might feel like a Tono-sama (lord of samurai) when you see the Himeji Castle from the garden.