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Recommended sightseeing spots in the Kansai region

Hikone Castle,
National TreasureMAP

1-1 Konkicho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture

This is one of the best castles in Japan. You can stroll through the castle which retains its original appearance.

Amano-HashidateMAP

Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture

Amano-Hashidate, which looks like a bridge across the sky, is one of Japan’s "Nihon Sankei," three most famous views. You will be moved by the magnificent views of each season.

Nijo-jo CastleMAP

Kyoto City

Nijo-jo Castle was built by Ieyasu, the first shogun of Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. The changes from Momoyama to Edo Period can be seen from the pictures, sculptures and architectures. The castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Tenshukaku
(Osaka Castle Museum)MAP

1-1 Osaka Castle, Chuo Ward, Osaka city, Osaka Prefecture

It is a symbol of Osaka that continues to be loved by its citizens

Nintoku-tenno-ryo KofunMAP

Daisencho, Sakai Ward, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture

This is one of the three major mausoleums in the world. The other two are the pyramid of the King Khufu and the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor. Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun (keyhole-shaped kofun) is the largest in Japan with a length of approximately 486 meters.

Kinosaki OnsenMAP

Kinosakichoyushima, Toyooka city, Hyogo

Kinosaki is an Onsen town with 1300 years history. Recently many foreign visitors stroll around in Yukata, a casual version of the Kimono, and enjoy baths at seven hot spring houses.

Himeji CastleMAP

68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji Castle is the first in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage in 1993.As called "Hakuro-jo"(White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a white heron taking flight, it is highly evaluated from all over the world as keeping its original beauty.

Night view from Kikuseidai,
Mt. MayaMAP

2-2 Mayasancho, Nada Ward , Kobe City

Panoramic night view from Kikuseidai, Mt. Maya, is one of the three major views in Japan, which is often called a 10 million dollar view.

Kasugataisha Shrine and Kasugayama Primeval ForestMAP

Nara City, Nara Prefecture

A world heritage site. The shrine’s bright vermillion columns and its old wisteria are famous. Since hunting and logging have been prohibited from old times, Mt. Kasugayama has been preserved as a mountain deity to protect the Kasugataisha Shrine.

Horyuji TempleMAP

Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara Prefecture

A world heritage site. A lot of world’s oldest wooden structures remain in the temple. The main hall (Kondo), the five-story pagoda (Goju-no-to), the central gate (Chumon) and the corridor (Kairou), which are major buildings in the Western Precinct (Saiin) of the Horyuji Temple, present a style of Buddhist architecture in the early stage, which is not preserved in China and Korea today.

Daimon-zaka Slope of
the Kumano KodoMAP

Nachisan, Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

It beautifully preserves the appearance of prosperous time during the Kumano pilgrimage, and the stone path stretches out with a 100 meter difference of elevation.

San’in Kaigan GeoparkMAP

Iwami, Iwami District, Tottori Prefecture

Featuring varied scenery such as a beautiful coast line and vast sand dunes, as well as numerous hot springs. You can enjoy local culture and food which were fostered in the natural environment.

Tottori Sand DunesMAP

Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture
Hamasaka, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture

When the wind blows, beautiful wind ripples and sand curtains (curtain-like patterns) naturally form in the sand dunes. You can also enjoy activities such as paragliding and sandboarding here.

Naruto WhirlpoolsMAP

Naruto Strait Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture

Naruto whirlpools are the largest in the world. The best viewing time is one hour before and after the high or low tide.

Mikatagoko (Five Lakes)MAP

Mihama, Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture and Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka District, Fukui Prefecture

Colors of the five lakes look different from each other due to the difference of water quality and water depth. The view from a mountain peak is refreshing.

Recommended sightseeing spots in the Kansai region!

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