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The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant. Use our Japan tour itinerary planning website to arrange the details of your trip to Kansai and other destinations.
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KyotoTrip planner Best for: World heritage site, Historic Site, Religious Site OsakaTrip planner Best for: Landmark, Theme Park, Park NaraTrip planner Best for: World heritage site, Religious Site, Wildlife Area HimejiTrip planner Best for: Castle, Landmark, Garden Koya-choTrip planner Best for: World heritage site, Cemetery, Religious Site

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